Press release: World's poorest will suffer most from Trump withdrawal from Paris Agreement

02 june 2017

Dóchas – The Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations

 Friday 2nd June 2017

 WORLD'S POOREST WILL SUFFER MOST FROM TRUMP WITHDRAWAL FROM PARIS AGREEMENT

Dóchas – The Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations – has condemned the decision by US President Donald Trump to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Dóchas CEO, Suzanne Keatinge said, “The announcement by Donald Trump that he is going to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement is grossly irresponsible and must be condemned in the strongest terms. It is a huge step backward in the fight against climate change.

“Climate change disproportionately affects the world's poorest – with those who have done the least to cause it, suffering the most from its effects. It is already having a very real impact, with rising sea levels, extreme weather, drought, and a lack of resources and arable land pushing people further into poverty. It is unconscionable that the United States would put these people even further at risk. 

“The rest of the world must pull together and resist this outrageous step backwards - that is putting the very future of our planet at risk.”