Trump’s decision to exit Paris climate deal “will harm people”

Trump’s decision to exit Paris climate deal “will harm people” President Donald Trump

Bishops around the world have labelled President Donald Trump’s decision to leave the Paris Climate Agreement last week “a major challenge” and “deeply troubling”.

German Cardinal Reinhard Marx said that the decision “erodes the global trust” achieved after the agreement was made.

He added it was regrettable the Pope’s advice did not seem to influence his decision, but that the global community should not be discouraged.

Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces of New Mexico, who is the chairman of the US Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, said the effects of global warming are already being felt.

“President Trump’s decision will harm the people of the United States and the World, especially the poorest, most vulnerable communities,” he said.

“The impacts of climate change are already being experienced in sea level rise, glacial melts, intensified storms, and more frequent droughts.”

Bishop Cantu said that he hopes the US president will propose “concrete ways” to address global climate change.