US decision to abandon climate agreement is "deeply regrettable"

US President Donald Trump's decision to leave the Paris climate agreement is deeply regrettable, said Rev. Richard Frazer, Convener of the Church and Society Council of the Church of Scotland. Dr Frazer said:

Rev Dr Richard Frazer
Rev Dr Richard Frazer

"It is deeply regrettable that the President of the United States wants to walk away from the Paris climate agreement. The agreement that has now been signed by countries around the world is essential to limit the rise in global temperatures and we have to give it our support.

"At a time when the world is increasingly feeling the impact of climate change, from the melting Artic ice cap, Pacific islanders on Tuvalu facing losing their homes, to the bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef, the need to respond to climate change has never be more pressing.

"We know that many in America, including in churches, do not share President Trump’s views. We will work to support them and partner churches around the world by redoubling our commitment to respond to climate change in Scotland."

The Church of Scotland is working closely with others in Scotland, including charities like Eco-Congregation Scotland, Christian Aid and the Stop Climate Chaos Scotland coalition, to help church members respond to climate change.

Through its World Mission Council partners around the world the church has learned first-hand about the impact of climate change on countries in all continents.

The church has this week published a response to the Scottish Government draft Scottish Energy Strategy supporting moves to reduce carbon emissions across Scotland by 80% by 2050.

Read the Church's comments on the Scottish Energy Strategy

Read the Church's comments on the Scottish Government's policy on fracking