Catholic groups challenge governments on climate change

The Catholic network CIDSE issues a plea to governments to implement the Paris climate agreement

A new paper, Climate Action for the Common Good, was launched today at the United Nations climate talks in Bonn by CIDSE — \”Coopération Internationale pour le Développement et la Solidarité\”—an organization of eighteen Catholic social justice organizations from around the world.

In releasing the document, CIDSE said it wanted to encourage governments to respond to climate change in a way that reflects the spirit of Pope Francis’s landmark encyclical Laudato Si’, which many credit for having a significant impact on the passing of the 2015 global climate deal in Paris.

Like others watching the international talks, CIDSE noted that two years after that agreement, countries have done little to fulfill their climate commitments, while the United States has even left the agreement.

\”While the Paris Agreement saw countries agree to limit global temperature increases to no more than 1.5 – 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels,\” CIDSE said in today\’s announcement, \”forecasts suggest that current pledges to limit carbon emissions based on our current economic and development models will fall far short of meeting this target.\”

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