Pope Francis discussed environmental issues with delegates from South America. He announced he would start working to protect the environment from the fracking projects that are set to begin in the region.
The agreement between Chevron and the Argentinian government to drill oil and gas in the southern part of the country has put citizens, environmentalists and social organizations in alert because of the risks of water contamination caused by fracking.
Sources close to the Pope told the press he is particularly concerned about water scarcity. He also mentioned the possibility of a new war starting because of water, making direct references to the disastrous situation currently affecting Africa.
This is not the first time the Pope shares with the world his ideas about the protection of the planet. Last June, he stated, “We are living through a moment of crisis. We see it in the environment, but above all we see it in man. The human person is in danger.”