VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Saturday urged people to pull investments from companies that are not committed to protecting the environment, adding his voice to calls for the economic model that emerges from the coronavirus pandemic to be a sustainable one.

Francis spoke in a video message for an online event called “Countdown Global Launch, A Call to Action on Climate Change”.

“Science tells us, every day with more precision, that we need to act urgently … if we are to have any hope of avoiding radical and catastrophic climate change,” he said.

The pope listed three action points: better education about the environment, sustainable agriculture and access to clean water, and a transition away from fossil fuels.

“One way to encourage this change is to lead companies towards the urgent need to commit to the integral care of our common home, excluding from investments companies that do not meet (these) parameters … and rewarding those that (do),” he said.

He said the pandemic had made the need to address the climate crisis and related social problems even more pressing.

“The current economic system is unsustainable. We are faced with a moral imperative … to rethink many things,” he said, listing means of production, consumerism, waste, indifference to the poor, and harmful energy sources.

In June, a Vatican document urged Catholics to disinvest from the armaments and fossil fuel industries and to monitor companies in sectors such as mining for possible damage to the environment.

Other speakers and activists at the online event included actress Jane Fonda, Britain’s Prince William, former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore, and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

(Reporting By Philip Pullella; Editing by Christina Fincher)

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CHICAGO, Oct. 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — For the next open enrollment period beginning on November 1, 2020, Ambetter Health Insurance will be offered in Illinois under a new name on the Health Insurance Marketplace – Ambetter of Illinois Insured by Celtic Insurance Company (“Ambetter of Illinois” or “Ambetter”). The health insurance plan has previously been available as Ambetter from IlliniCare Health.

“Although we’re changing our name, our members’ health coverage is still the same, and they can expect the same personalized service and benefits we’ve delivered for years,” said James Kiamos, Meridian Plan President and CEO for Illinois. “Ambetter of Illinois remains committed to transforming the health of the community, one person at a time, and we look forward to further empowering our communities to take charge of their health.”

Illinois residents will begin to see Ambetter of Illinois replace the old brand name across various channels, including in the community and online. Current members of Ambetter from IlliniCare Health will be able to continue using their coverage until the end of the year, and during open enrollment they can renew their coverage for next year with Ambetter of Illinois.

Open enrollment begins on Sunday, November 1, 2020, and ends on Tuesday, December 15, 2020. This is the only opportunity for individuals and families to shop for health insurance on the Health Insurance Marketplace, unless they qualify for special enrollment. Illinois residents interested in learning more about Ambetter of Illinois or enrolling in a health plan during the open enrollment period may visit www.ambetterofIllinois.com. 

About Ambetter of Illinois
Ambetter of Illinois serves under-insured and uninsured populations through the federal insurance marketplace. Ambetter of Illinois is underwritten by Celtic Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation, a leading multi-national healthcare