During the 2017 CDP General Assembly, the Congregation of Divine Providence approved a corporate stand that supports the Paris Climate Agreement and implores President Trump and our governmental leaders to reconsider the decision to withdraw from this agreement. THE CORPORATE STAND APPROVED ON JUNE 16, 2017 is as follows:
Corporate Statement Regarding the Paris Agreement
We Sisters of Divine Providence of San Antonio, Texas are increasingly aware that the entire faith-based community, and all citizens of the world, must be directly involved in seeking solutions to the many problems which undermine the life of people, of nations, of all creation. We hear the cry of pain and anguish of the poor, of immigrants, of women, of Earth. For this reason, with boundless confidence in God’s Providence, we are committed to collaborate with others to heal what is broken and celebrate what is good in our world.
We are deeply disturbed and intensely regret the decision of President Trump
to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord and stop all future payment to the Green Climate Fund. President Trump’s decision will result in harm to Earth and to people throughout the world, especially the poorest and most vulnerable of communities who suffer disproportionately from hurricanes, floods, droughts, famines and water scarcities.
United with Pope Francis, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the members of the Catholic Climate Covenant, and hundreds of other organizations and corporations, including major fossil fuel companies, who have spoken against President Trump’s decision, the Sisters of Divine Providence of San Antonio, Texas will continue our efforts to pursue the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. We firmly support the importance of U.S. leadership and commitment to the Paris agreement and join with others as we implore President Trump to reconsider this decision and reunite with the international community in responding to “the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor” (Laudato Si no. 49)