Catholic church leaders have welcomed the ratification by the European Union of the climate agreement signed last year in Paris.
In a statement, COMECE said: 'Following the deposit of the
instruments of ratification to the United Nations on Friday in New York,
the climate agreement can now enter into force. This raises hopes that
the international community will be able to act quickly and responsibly
in the fight against climate change.
Now that the framework is set at the global level, COMECE considers
it essential for national and local authorities to mobilise and
coordinate themselves. The effects of climate change transcend national
borders and are felt also at the local level.
Dialogue and participation will be key to successfully involve all
stakeholders concerned by the measures that will now have to be taken.
The economic viability and the technical feasibility should not be the
only criteria taken into account in the search for solutions.
backbone of the implementation measures should be the search for common
good in the long term.'