Faith leaders’ dismay over US withdrawal from climate change deal


08 June 2017

A coalition of faith leaders, led by the Bishop of Salisbury,
Nicholas Holtam, has signed a letter expressing ‘profound dismay’
over President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate
change agreement.

Writing in The Times newspaper, signatories headed by Bishop
Nicholas, the Church of England’s lead bishop on the environment,
say that caring for the planet is a ‘sacred responsibility’ and the
demand to act for environmental justice ‘too strong’ for them to
remain silent over the issue.

Other signatories include the Bishop of Salford, John Arnold,
spokesman on the environment for the Catholic Bishops Conference of
England and Wales, Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, Senior Rabbi, Masorti
Judaism, and Shaunaka Rishi Das, Director of the Oxford Centre for
Hindu Studies.

The letter has been published after the US President announced
last week that he would withdraw from the historic 2015 global
agreement to fight climate change.

In the letter, the faith leaders write: “Our respective faiths
unite us in the affirmation that all human life is of infinite
value and that caring for our planet is a sacred responsibility. We
are answerable to God, each other and our children’s children for
the wellbeing of this earth.

“We believe President Trump’s reckless declaration will only
strengthen the resolve of others to preserve and protect our
environment. The response of so many municipal and business leaders
across the US is a heartening indication. We trust our own newly
elected government will remain faithful to its commitments.

Life is too precious, the earth too wonderful and the demand to
act for environmental justice too strong for us to remain
silent.”

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The full text of the letter can be read here 

A statement from Bishop Nicholas on President Trump’s decision
to revoke the US ratification of the Paris Agreement can be read here