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Pope Video: Protecting the oceans of the world

The Pope Video for September » involves a collaboration with renowned French journalist and environmental photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand to promote Pope Francis’s concern for the seas and oceans of the world.

The pope speaks about the grave challenge of protecting the oceans. Marine phytoplankton is responsible for the production of more than half of the planet’s oxygen, so we can say that the oceans are one of the world’s lungs. The Pope is concerned because “oceans contain the bulk of our planet’s water supply, and also most of the immense variety of living creatures.”

Yann Athus-Bertrand joins Francis in proclaiming this warning and the urgency of taking measures to protect the oceans. A 2009 “Goodwill Ambassador” for the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), he directed that same year his first full-length film, Home, about the state of our planet. It was seen by nearly 600 million people. In 2012, he directed Planet Ocean with Michael Pitiot, a 90-minute documentary that talks about man and the oceans and shows extraordinary images of the seas. Just before, Michael Pitiot produced a documentary series on the Tara Oceans mission launched in September 2009 and that aimed at studying the effect of global warming on planktonic and coral systems.

“I think that the solution to save our planet will be spiritual,” commented Yann Arthus-Bertrand. “So, it’s a great honor to join Pope Francis in this official and global call for action. I totally share his values and the vision he described in Laudato Si. I’m very proud to act with him about the vital question of the protection of the ocean environment.”

The Pope Video about protecting the oceans asks those responsible for protecting them to mobilize, and calls all Catholics to pray and to remember that “our solidarity with the ‘common home’ is born from our faith.” Francis focuses on the importance of Creation, which “is a project of love given by God to humanity.”