The Catholic Climate Declaration (CCD) has launched the “Catholics Are Still In” campaign, affirming the commitment to stand by the Paris Agreement and help meet its goals. You can join the campaign here.
The Paris Agreement is an agreement within the United National Framework Convention on Climate Change to combat climate change and adapt to its effects, with enhanced support to assist developing countries to do so.
In 1990, Saint John Paul II warned that the “’greenhouse effect’ has now reached crisis proportions as a consequence of industrial growth, massive urban concentrations and vastly increased energy needs.” Since then, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Vatican dicasteries, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, international bishops’ conferences, communities of women and men religious, and theologians around the world have affirmed the reality of human-forced climate change as a moral issue.
In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis wrote, “We wish to tell the world that the U.S. Catholic community cares about the fate of our common home, that we are in solidarity with the one human family, and that we will fulfill our ‘differentiated responsibilities’ as citizens of the global superpower historically most responsible for climate change.” (Laudato Si’ #52).
Click here for a step-by-step guide to sign the declaration and join the campaign.