The following statement has been prepared in response to the announcement regarding the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement:
Today, the United States took a step backward in responding to the reality of climate change facing all countries and people across the globe.
In his 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si’, Pope Francis invited all people of goodwill to “care for our common home,” which includes our brothers and sisters across the world who are most marginalized by the effects of climate change. The withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change greatly weakens the United States’ ability to be a global leader in responding to the call of Laudato Si’ and demonstrates a lack of concern for those who will be most impacted by climate change — the poor and vulnerable.
Despite this disappointing news, the Ignatian Solidarity Network will continue to mobilize our network to respond to the call of Laudato Si’ through education, action, and prayer which promote the dignity of all God’s people and care for our common home.
Statements from U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and other Catholic organizations:
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
Catholic Relief Services
Catholic Climate Covenant
Global Catholic Climate Movement
Franciscan Action Network
Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach
Sisters of Mercy