Faith Responses to International Climate Negotiations and the Green Climate Fund
The Paris Agreement, reached in December 2015, reaffirmed the international community's commitment to keeping global temperature increases below 2 degrees Celsius. While many of the commitments made in the Paris negotiations were relatively ambitious, it is unclear whether countries will follow through on them, and a lot of work remains to be done.
Call for action during the 2018 COP meeting:
- Catholic bishops call for action on climate.
- Evangelical Environmental Network
- Young Evangelicals for Climate Action
- Friends Committee on National Legislation
- U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
- Catholic Leaders
- Sisters of Mercy
- Catholic Relief Services
- Interfaith Power and Light
- Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
- Episcopal Church
- Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism
- Church World Service
- COEJL: Chairman Rabbi Fred Dobb: “We just ensured massive suffering for our own descendants, consigned untold people and ecosystems to ruin, deepened social inequity and injustice, demeaned facts, ceded global leadership, and decided that ‘love your neighbor as yourself’ is irrelevant and unimportant. Now we’re in the company of only Syria and Nicaragua, against the rest of the world, outside of the Paris Accord. It’s a shameful day to be an American.”
- Faith in Place
- Creation Justice Ministries: Executive Director Shantha Ready Alonso: "With or without the participation of our government leaders, Christians remain determined to meet our collective climate goals. It is not in our nature to behave with indifference toward the cries of creation. We refuse to turn our backs on our neighbors who are suffering most from an increasingly dangerous climate."
- Franciscan Action Network
- United Church of Christ
- Christian Reformed Church of Social Justice
- ACT Alliance, World Council of Churches and Lutheran World Federation
- United Methodist Women
- Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
- Unitarian Universalist Association
- Multi faith organizational sign on
- National Council of Churches USA
- Presbyterian Church USA
- Pearlstone and Hazon sent an open letter urging US officials to support the Paris Climate Accord
Responses to the Paris negotiations and the Green Climate Fund (2015-2016):
- National and state faith organizations' letter on the Green Climate Fund.
- Evangelical letter on the Green Climate Fund.
- Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life's statement on Paris.
- Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life's statement on loss and damage for Paris UN climate negotiations.
- National and State Religious Leaders' Statement on UN Climate Negotiations in Paris 2015.
- People of Faith Climate Petition on UN Climate Negotiations in Paris 2015.
- Creation Justice Ministries' statement on Paris deal.
- The Religious Action Center's statement on Paris.
- The Church World Service's statement on Paris.
- The United Methodist Church's news article on Paris.
- The Maryknoll statement on Paris.
In April 2015, faith groups made announcements on the INDC announcement from the Obama Administration: