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Cardinal makes environment plea
Cardinal Keith O'Brien
Cardinal O'Brien said people must fly less and burn less fuel
Scotland's most senior Roman Catholic has urged people to take a bigger role in protecting the environment.

Cardinal Keith O'Brien used his Easter Sunday address at St Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh to highlight the damage being done to the Earth.

He said over-fishing, deforestation and pollution were among the planet's biggest challenges.

He said swapping a wasteful way of life with simple living was the best way of avoiding further destruction.

During the service, Cardinal O'Brien said: "We hear a great deal these days about climate change and we do well to heed the warnings about global warming that come to us almost daily.

We must take the whole picture into account when we consider the damage being done to our Mother Earth
Cardinal Keith O'Brien

"But we are mistaken if we consider climate change to be the only problem, imagining that if we fly less or burn less fuel or plant more trees somehow the environmental damage will be corrected.

"Yes, we must fly less and burn less fuel and plant more trees. But these things alone are not enough, and climate change is not the only crisis we face.

"Massive and devastating environmental catastrophes continue, unaffected by climate change or carbon emissions, and we must take the whole picture into account when we consider the damage being done to our Mother Earth."

The cardinal said plans were being made by a coalition of Catholic organisations for a "live simply" project to encourage people to take more care of the environment.

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