Paris Agreement


In 2015, in Paris, countries agreed on a framework to limit greenhouse gas emissions.  It’s often called the “Paris Climate Agreement.”

  • Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change and ecology, Laudato Si’, says that “Interdependence obliges us to think of one world with a common plan.” (164)
  • In 2015, to achieve the vision of Pope Francis and the Church at the Paris summit, Global Catholic Climate Movement collected nearly 1 million signatures and mobilized 40,000 people to march calling for an ambitious Paris Agreement.
  • In 2017, GCCM produced a prayer guide for the meeting that established a “rule book” for the Paris agreement.
  • In 2018, Catholic leadership will be essential to demonstrate moral clarity as countries announce their new national climate plans (also known as NDCs).  

Commitment & Unity


Every country on Earth is now part of the Paris agreement.  The United States has said that it wants to withdraw, but according to the terms of the deal, that couldn’t happen until 2020.

The agreement means concrete progress on climate is within our reach. Along with Jeremiah, we rejoice in the Creator who gives us “a future and a hope.”

However, agreement is merely the first step.  Governments must now urgently improve and fulfill their pledges. This is our best hope for avoiding warming above 1.5 degrees.