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The Catholic Church brings a distinct perspective to the debate about climate change by lifting up the moral dimensions of this issue and the needs of the most vulnerable among us. The USCCB is focusing on particular parts of the climate change issue. Our efforts promote prudent action to address the growing impact of global climate change and pursue the common good in a very polarized debate. The bishops' primary concern is to place the needs of the poor and vulnerable at the center of climate legislation. Poor people cannot be made to bear an undue burden of the impacts of climate change or the global adjustments needed to address it.

People living in poverty--both at home and abroad--contribute least to climate change but they are likely to suffer its worst consequences with few resources to adapt and respond. The impacts of climate change--including increased temperatures, rising sea levels, and changes in rainfall that contribute to more frequent and severe floods and droughts--are making the lives of the world's poorest even more precarious. Urgent action that both addresses the growing impact of climate change and acts to protect the poor and vulnerable is needed.


--Climate change could lead to the displacement of as many as 143 million people by 2050, according to the World Bank. Mass movement of people in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Latin America is likely to create "hot spots" with tens of millions of people moving into crowded slums, putting pressure on national and local governments.

60%--Percentage of plants in the world's richest forests that are at risk of extinction in the next century unless stronger measures to combat climate change are implemented, according to a landmark study published in the journal "Climate Change."

60,000--Number of troops mobilized in China to plant trees; they were reportedly withdrawn from border areas where they'd been stationed in a bid to plant new forests in an area roughly the size of Ireland by the end of 2018.

--The E.U. pledged to make every piece of plastic packaging found in member states reusable or recyclable by 2030 as part of its first Europe-wide strategy to combat plastic waste.

30K--Total square miles in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, all of which would be opened to oil and gas exploration under Trump's proposed policies (Glyn Peterson)

--Seven in 10 Americans--including almost half of self-identified Trump voters--favored our staying in the Paris climate agreement, according to a Yale poll.