Church Decries “Irresponsible” Paris Agreement Withdrawal

The Episcopal Church, already at odds with the Trump administration over repeated cutbacks to immigration, has called out the administration for its “irresponsible” abandonment of the Paris Agreement, which sets goals for climate change.

“The U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement represents a serious obstacle in the global effort to curb climate change,” said the Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus, the Bishop of California. Andrus has been the point person for Episcopal delegations to United Nations summit meetings on climate change.

President Trump has been critical of the Paris Agreement since before he took office, and on Nov. 4 the administration formally announced its plans to withdraw. Nearly every nation on earth — 187 in all — has signed on to the Parish Agreement.

David Paulsen of Episcopal News Service traces the recent history of the church’s participation in climate change activism, including “joining the We Are Still In movement, a coalition of faith partners, governments, nongovernmental organizations and companies has committed to working toward the Paris agreement’s goals.”

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