December 04, 2017

Last month, President of University of Detroit Mercy Antoine M. Garibaldi joined efforts with the Catholic Climate Covenant and the leaders of more than 161 Catholic colleges and universities, religious congregations, national organizations and health care providers in signing on to a letter to President Donald J. Trump and the United States Congress in regard to the global effort to address climate change.

In the Nov. 16 letter sent to President Trump and leaders in Congress, the Catholic Climate Covenant specifically asked that the United States reassert leadership in the global effort to address climate change. In particular, the Catholic Climate Covenant called for the Trump administration and Congress to:

  • Fund the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC);
  • Meaningfully participate in the deliberations of the UNFCCC;
  • Honor US commitments to the Green Climate Fund.

Working with the approval and support of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Catholic Climate Covenant is a nonprofit organization working with a consortium of 16 national organizations to uplift the united body of US Catholic people and institutions to be better informed and to voice concerns and act on the global issue of climate change.

The Catholic Church has a long history in speaking out on the growing challenge of climate change and its implications for creation and for the poor and vulnerable around the globe. US bishops have emphasized the need to protect both “the human environment and the natural environment.”