“Catholics Are Still In” Campaign Recommits Support for Paris Climate Pact

At the December 2015 Paris climate conference, 195 countries, including the United States, adopted the first-ever universal, global climate deal. The agreement set out a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C.

In 2017 the current federal administration announced US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, which was ratified on November 4, 2016.  The agreement specifically states that no nation can formally announce its intention to withdraw until three years after the 2016 date, with the actual withdrawal occurring a year later.  Translated, this means the U. S. cannot exit the agreement until one day after the next Presidential election on November 4, 2020.

Known as “Catholics Are Still In,” the Catholic Climate Covenant (CCC) was officially launched on April 25 “to add a loud and broad Catholic voice to a nationwide reassertion of American commitment to the international pact to address a warming world.”  The campaign is coordinated by CCC and its partner members, including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

“Catholics Are Still In” announced the initial phase of the campaign to gather thousands of signatures from US dioceses, parishes, congregations and offices of Catholic organization.  The final signature count will be announced on the third anniversary of the release of Laudato Si, June 18. CCC will then ask the signatories to pledge steps toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions in their own institutions.  The program is coordinated by CCC and its member partners including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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