Catholic Climate Movement – Petition to US President-elect

The Catholic Climate Movement (CCM), which was inspired by the publication of Pope Francis’ ground-breaking environmental encyclical, Laudato Si, have launched a petition to US President-elect, Donald Trump. The movement is concerned about campaigning threats made by Mr Trump in which he said he would withdraw the USA from the 2015 Paris (COP21) Climate Agreement. Concerns are exacerbated by a number of appointments to his White House Cabinet and CCM have added a link to a Guardian article headed ‘Climate change denial in the Trump cabinet: where do his nominees stand?’ The Guardian article may be accessed here:

CCM asks readers to respond to Pope Francis’ World Day of Peace 2017 message in which he implored political leaders “to apply the Beatitudes in the exercise of their respective responsibilities…to show mercy by refusing to discard people, harm the environment, or seek to win at any cost.” 

A letter accompanying the petition to Mr Trump states:

Dear President Trump,

As members of the Catholic community, we are praying that your presidency may be blessed with wisdom and compassion. As you take office, we urge you to demonstrate bold leadership in addressing the climate crisis by honoring the Paris Agreement, contributing to the Green Climate Fund, and implementing the Clean Power Plan.

Because climate change is already harming millions of people across the U.S. and around the globe, Pope Francis has called national leaders (see: http://bit.ly/2fuosJb) to work together to address this crisis. Similarly, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) strongly supports a national carbon pollution standard (see: http://bit.ly/2idLe6G) as essential to effective implementation of the Paris Agreement.

In order to limit the impacts of climate change on creation and on the human family, we urge you to:

1.- Maintain the United States’ moral leadership on climate change by honoring the Paris Agreement (COP21) and taking swift action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions between 26 and 28 percent compared with 2005 levels by 2025;

2.- Support sustainable development and address the underlying causes of migration by honoring the United States’ initial pledge of $3 billion and further supporting the Green Climate Fund to help poor countries adapt to the effects of climate change;

3.- Support job creation and economic opportunity by encouraging states to craft plans to reach and exceed their Clean Power Plan carbon reduction goals by transitioning to renewable energy sources like wind and solar power and enacting energy efficiency and conservation standards.

An overwhelming majority of Catholics in the United States (73 percent – see: http://bit.ly/2iL00FJ) believe that government needs to do more to address the issue of climate change – a sentiment repeatedly expressed by Pope Francis and our Bishops.

As the leader of the most powerful country in the world, you have a critical role to play in solving this crisis. We urge you to take swift and meaningful action before it is too late.

Thank you.

If readers would like to view and/or sign the petition, it can be accessed here:

 

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