The Pontifical Academy of Sciences is the modern embodiment of the first exclusively scientific academy ever established, the the Academy of the Lynxes (Accademia dei Lincei). The group was founded in Rome in 1603 and counted Galileo Galilei as a member.
The members of the Academy, known as Pontifical Academicians include eighty women and men. According to the Academy website, “the Academy’s activities range from a traditional interest in pure research to a concern with the ethical and environmental responsibility of the scientific community.”
On Tuesday, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon spoke at a climate symposium organized by the Academy.
“Mitigating climate change and adapting to its effects are necessary to eradicate extreme poverty, reduce inequality and secure equitable, sustainable economic development,” he told the group. “That is why I say climate change is the defining issue of our time.”
The complete address is available from the Vatican News Network. Click here to read it.