The UN Paris Agreement

The DC Climate March – 04.29.2017

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Paris climate deal exit ‘deeply troubling’ to Catholic leaders news/politics/paris-climate- deal-exit-deeply-troubling- catholic-leaders

Why don’t Christian conservatives worry about climate change? God.

https://www.washingtonpost. com/posteverything/wp/2017/06/ 02/why-dont-christian- conservatives-worry-about- climate-change-god/?utm_term=. 040e0d25aeb5

How accurate was Trump’s Paris climate agreement speech? trump-paris-climate-agreement- speech-fact-check/

Religious Statements on the Trump decision to pull out of Paris Agreement:

Evangelical Environmental Network: http://www. leadership_is_not_about_ president_trump?cn= ZmF2b3JpdGU%3D
Young Evangelicals for Climate Action: http://www.yecaction. org/young_evangelicals_on_ paris_withdrawal
Friends Committee on National Legislation: https://twitter. com/TheRAC/status/ 870366323926339584/photo/1
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops: USCCB: https://cnstopstories. com/2017/06/01/commentary-the- paris-agreement-and-global- solidarity/ And http://www.
Catholic Leaders: http://www. press-release/catholic-leader- response-to-paris-withdrawal
Sisters of Mercy: https://www. news-and-events/mercy- denounces-us-pull-out-of- international-climate- agreement/?t=news
Catholic Relief Services: media-center/news-release/crs- disappointed-in- administrations-decision-pull- out-paris-climate-agreement
Interfaith Power and Light: http://www. 2017/06/press-release- abandoning-the-paris- agreement-is-a-sin/?utm_ source=feedburner&utm_medium= feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ interfaith-power-and-light+% 28Interfaith+Power+%26+Light% 29
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee: http://www.uusc. org/withdraw-paris-agreement- step-backward/
Episcopal Church: http://www. publicaffairs/presiding- bishop-presidents-action-and- paris-climate-accord
Maryknoll: http:// climate-justice-will-go
Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism: reform-jewish-leader-condemns- us-exit-paris-climate- agreement
Church World Service: https://cwsglobal. org/cws-condemns-president- trumps-decision-withdraw- paris-accord/
Faith in Place: https://www. strengthening-local-action- after-paris-agreement
Franciscan Action Network: https:// franciscans-condemn- administrations-decision-pull- out-paris-climate-agreement
United Church of Christ: ucc_advocates_urge_stay_the_ course_on_climate_care_ 06012017

COEJL: Chairman Rabbi Fred Dobb:   “We just ensured massive suffering for our own descendants, consigned untold people and ecosystems to ruin, deepened social inequity and injustice, demeaned facts, ceded global leadership, and decided that ‘love your neighbor as yourself’ is irrelevant and unimportant.  Now we’re in the company of only Syria and Nicaragua, against the rest of the world, outside of the Paris Accord.  It’s a shameful day to be an American.”

Creation Justice Ministries: Executive Director Shantha Ready Alonso: “With or without the participation of our government leaders, Christians remain determined to meet our collective climate goals. It is not in our nature to behave with indifference toward the cries of creation. We refuse to turn our backs on our neighbors who are suffering most from an increasingly dangerous climate.”



On Saturday, December 12, leaders from 195 nations concluded the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris by approving a global agreement to address climate change. This agreement includes a commitment to keep global warming well below 2 degrees. The ELCA welcomes the Paris Accord, and we renew our own commitment to care for all of God’s good creation.

“We stand at a critical moment, when the world has come together to decide the framework for our shared future,” said Interim Advocacy Director Mary Minette, who traveled to Paris last week as part of a delegation representing ACT Alliance, of which the ELCA is a member.

“People of faith showed up in unprecedented numbers for the climate talks in Paris because we believe that this moment includes a moral obligation to our most vulnerable neighbors, to future generations, and to all of God’s creation to act on climate change.

The Paris agreement sets the world on a pathway to stewardship, justice and sustainability. All countries have, for the first time, agreed to take concrete steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to review and increase their commitments over time.

The Paris agreement includes financial pledges to help developing countries adopt  clean energy technologies and adapt to already-occurring impacts of climate change.  It also includes provisions that will help the most vulnerable countries avoid the worst of human suffering from irreversible climate damage in the future,  and it sets the world on a more sustainable, low carbon, development pathway.

The outcome of the Paris talks reflects momentum brought by a growing global movement of people and communities around the world, including communities of faith, who are leading the way in pushing for a better future.

As we leave Paris and return to our own communities, we must continue to act in solidarity with those who are most vulnerable to climate change, with those yet to come, and with all of God’s creation.

Along with membership in ACT Alliance, the ELCA is also a member of the Lutheran World Federation and World Council of Churches. Together these organizations had a delegation of over 100 in Paris for the summit. You can read ACT Alliance’s response to the Paris Accordhere.

To learn more about the Paris summit and how the ELCA continues to be involved in caring for God’s Creation, visit and read Mary’s updates from Paris on our ELCA Advocacy blog