Just past year, Trump pulled the USA out of the Paris Climate Accord.
"Environmental and energy problems now have a global impact and extent", he said.
In that conversation, he told them that the Earth is a fragile thing that could even destroy itself and that they were privileged to be able to see the planet "from the eyes of God".
In 2015, his second encyclical was dedicated to the issue, describing it as "one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day".More news: Liverpool target Alisson Becker wants future resolved before World Cup starts
"Will we turn the corner in time?" the pope asked, according to the New York Times.
After acknowledging the ability of the men and women in the room to "influence decisions, initiatives and investments in the field of energy", he advised them that they have "a duty" to people around the world now and in the future to transition to clean energy.
'Civilization requires energy but energy use must not destroy civilization, ' pontiff says. The Pope said he kept contact with her throughout and later as bishop assisted her in her illness until her death at the age of 94.
Many had complied, he said, including by expediting plans to stop coal burning at the university power plant. "If we are to eliminate poverty and hunger. the more than one billion people without electricity today need to gain access to it". "At the same time, it is an huge opportunity to encourage efforts to ensure fuller access to energy by less developed countries, especially in outlying areas, as well as to diversify energy sources and promote the sustainable development of renewable forms of energy". Trump has referred to global warming as a "hoax" and drawn criticism from the science community for stacking his administration with officials who deny the human role in climate change. Simply put, Pope Francis said that the transition to clean energy must confront both poverty and the environment.More news: Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un prepare for Singapore summit
On Thursday, Equinor, the Norwegian oil giant formerly called Statoil, released a report saying that the world needed to move faster in adopting renewable energy to achieve the goals of the Paris agreement. "For others who believe that climate change is not so serious, there is plenty of time", he added.
He said it was "disturbing and a cause for real concern" that the levels of carbon dioxide emissions and the concentrations of greenhouse gases remain high despite commitments taken in the 2015 Paris accord to fight global warming.
"We received the earth as a garden-home from the Creator", Francis said.More news: Australia head to Russia 'buzzing' after Hungary win