Statement on Trump Leaving the Paris Climate Agreement
STATEMENT WRITTEN FOR THE INTERFAITH ALLIANCE OF COLORADO
If there is one thing every religion and every human shares, it is a place in this "common home" called earth. And so for every religion and every human, President Trump's decision to back out of the Paris Agreement is a global catastrophe.
Though still far from the aggressive measures we need to keep the climate from derailing over an irreparable tipping point, Paris united peoples across every continent in a shared commitment to steward our resources toward sustainability (if not, ideally, regeneration). The idea that America could be placed "first" by discarding this pact is an ecological impossibility: it ignores that truth of our mutual interdependence within a shared global climate. No one comes in first place in an environment that's uninhabitable to life.
It may be true that some sort of Machiavellian hunger for domination drives Trump to relish the idea of nature laid waste. However, we would argue the case is less consciously rooted in a love of destruction for destructions sake. Rather, we believe this decision is the natural outcome of the ideology that's driven Trump his whole career -- the very same ideology controlling America's economic system at large.
It is the drive for unlimited personal wealth through unregulated corporate power. It is the reduction of Creation to commodity. And the disregard and exploitation of anyone regarded an "other."
Until we build a new economy founded on new values with new goals, we will continue to following these same mutually destructive paths.
But still, we have great hope! Presidents are not the only ones who get to participate in these ecological and economic webs of interdependence. We all are bound together. And everywhere, communities are choosing new ways of justice, rights, compassion, and stewardship.
Today and everyday, The Interfaith Alliance of Colorado and our allies choose to be among them. #ParisAgreement