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Creighton president signs on to letter urging federal leadership on climate change

Creighton University President the Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, today joined with more than 150 signatories, including leaders from more than 70 Catholic colleges and universities from around the United States, in sending a letter to President Donald Trump and the U.S. Congress urging more dedicated action on climate change.

The letter from the Catholic Climate Covenant, and with roots in the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ 2001 statement titled “Global Climate Change: A Plea for Dialogue, Prudence, and the Common Good,” and Catholic social teaching on care for God’s creation, asks the administration and legislative body to fully engage with the best available climate science, fund the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, honor U.S. commitments to the Green Climate Fund, and meaningfully participate in the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC.

“So consistently, human-caused global climate change has been documented by the most advanced scientific tools we have,” Fr. Hendrickson said. “We at Creighton University remain passionately committed to reducing our ecological impact, and I sign on to this letter urging our elected and appointed officials to help our entire nation — and with our leadership, the world round — make greater strides in this global fight. Our Jesuit, Catholic values impel us to care deeply for our common home and I trust the leadership in the White House and Congress will recognize the responsibility we all share in combating climate change.”

Also prompted by the Nov. 3 National Climate Assessment from 13 federal agencies concluding greenhouse gas emissions and other human activities are responsible for an increased global warming trend over the last century, the letter asks for special consideration given the rising human toll of climate change, especially among poor and vulnerable populations.

“Catholic leaders across the nation and world have explicitly and consistently affirmed climate change as a moral issue that threatens core Catholic commitments, including to: protect human life, promote human dignity, exercise a preferential option for the poor and vulnerable, advance the common good, live in solidarity with future generations, and care for God’s creation which is our common home,” the letter reads, in part.

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