Gov. Jerry Brown challenged the world's religious leaders to further engage as he minimized the negative effects of President Donald Trump on meeting the climate-change challenge.
"The Trump factor is very small, very small indeed," in comparison to the commitments taking place around the world, Brown said to a burst of applause Saturday at an event organized by the Vatican's Pontifical Academy of Sciences. "That's nothing to cheer about, because if it was only Trump that was a problem, we'd have it solved. But that's not our only problem.
"The problem … is us. It's our whole way of life. It's our comfort … It's the greed. It's the indulgence. It's the pattern. And it's the inertia."
Brown, who arrived Friday for nearly two weeks of climate talks across Europe, said the path to transformational change must include the mass mobilization of the religious and theological sphere, but also the prophetic sphere.
"The power here is prophecy. The power here is faith, and that's what this organization is supposed to be about. So, let's be about it and combine with the technical and the scientific and the political."