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Pope Francis speaks out against 'culture of waste'

General audience dedicated to World Environment Day

Pope Francis speaks out against 'culture of waste'

Vatican City, June 5 - Pope Francis criticized consumerism and a "culture of waste" during a general audience on Wednesday which he dedicated to the UN World Environment Day. "This culture of waste has made us insensitive even to the waste and disposal of food, which is even more despicable when all over the world, unfortunately, many individuals and families are suffering from hunger and malnutrition", said the pontiff. "Once our grandparents were very careful not to throw away any leftover food", the pope said. "Consumerism has led us to become used to an excess and daily waste of food, to which, at times, we are no longer able to give a just value. This goes well beyond mere economic parameters". In a speech, Pope Francis denounced the fact that a 10-point drop in stock markets is widely considered "a tragedy" while homeless people dying on our streets is becoming the norm. A culture of solidarity should prevail over a culture of waste, the pontiff said. "Human ecology and environmental ecology walk hand in hand", he said.

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