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Letter: We have a responsibility to protect environment

We have a responsibility to protect environment

I am writing on behalf of Riverside Salem United Church of Christ and Disciples of Christ on Grand Island. We unanimously are opposed to the decision of President Trump to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement. We are opposed because of our belief that humans have a responsibility to protect the environment. We believe that it is a religious as well as a moral and scientific responsibility. We also have a mandate to help the poor, and we know that coastal flooding and extreme weather are already devastating the lives of many.

When the great majority of climate scientists and responsible organizations (such as NASA, the AMA, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, etc.) agree that human activity is adding to the problem of global warming, it is irresponsible to remain silent.

People of faith must not be shy since this is a crisis time. It is not a time when we can afford to be neutral and avoid controversy. It is a time to speak out on behalf of nature, of health and of our brothers and sisters in every land. We cannot be shy or afraid of controversy. It is time for all people of religious and humanist persuasion to speak boldly.

With one voice, may people of every religious and humanist persuasion tell the world that we disagree with withdrawing from the climate accord, and tell our Congress to override the president’s unilateral decision and to rejoin the majority of humankind by being part of the Paris Agreement.

Charles Lamb

Youngstown

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