A Woman of Firsts
By the Energy Today Editors
An Audience with the Pope
In June 2018, Hollub was among a small group of energy leaders invited to a conference organized by the Vatican. Pope Francis called on them to use alternatives to fossil fuels to meet everyone’s energy needs and mitigate the effects of global warming:
"Civilization requires energy, but energy use must not destroy civilization," the pope said in his address, according to the Catholic News Service. He told them: “There is no time to lose,” and that the talent, creativity and experience that had made them successful were the same skills needed to improve the lives of the poor and caring for the environment.
“I invite you to be the core of a group of leaders who envision the global energy transition in a way that will take into account all the peoples of the earth, as well as future generations and all species and ecosystems," he said. “This is a challenge of epochal proportions.
“Our desire to ensure energy for all must not lead to the undesired effect of a spiral of extreme climate changes due to a catastrophic rise in global temperatures, harsher environments and increased levels of poverty," he said.