Mercy Responds to Paris Climate Agreement Withdrawal
November 04, 2019
The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas have consistently supported the Paris climate agreement as a first global step to achieving the greenhouse gas emission reductions required to avoid catastrophic global heating. Scientists now tell us that we need much bolder and urgent actions, and within a much tighter timeline, than was clear in 2015. That demands much greater engagement and accountability by governments around the world, not less. We urge Congress to take measures to ensure that the United States accepts its critical role and responsibility on the global stage through an unprecedented robust response to the climate crisis. Our sisters who have lived through devastating storms in the Philippines and New Jersey; flooding in Iowa and Peru; and sea-level rise in the Caribbean and Guam are crying out for such leadership.
–Sister Patricia McDermott, RSM, president, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas