As people rooted in the Christian faith tradition, we remember that the world belongs to God. All of it. Everything in creation — known and unknown, understood and undiscovered — does now and will always belong to God. We human beings are given task of caring for this world on behalf of God. All of it. Its people, its creatures, and its resources. We, the people from every nation, are stewards of all the nations. We are workers, tending the gardens of God within the greenhouse we call Earth.
So, the news that President Donald Trump is deciding to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord is troubling. We see the agreement, under which nearly every nation has united, as a faithful step in mitigating the ways humanity is destroying the gardens it is called to tend and the earth’s ability to sustain them.
Because of the United State’s global impact, the president’s decision has the potential to hasten climate change, further tipping the delicate balance of life on Earth, and doing irreparable harm to the world’s most impoverished peoples. His choice is also bad for workers he represents, threatening more jobs than it saves.
We pray the Spirit of God, through the action and witness of faithful people, will convict the hearts of those with power to act justly in this matter and empower those in the United States who who stand convicted.
We also recognize that, while the majority of those we represent reside in the United States, the Portico Collective is a faith community for people in fifteen other nations as well. We celebrate our connection, and thank our leaders in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Congo, Germany, Haiti, Norway, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. We remember that the choice of this one does not have to break the whole.
And, finally, we reassert our pledge to do whatever parts we can — small and large — to minimize our impact on the planet. We do so for you, for our children, and for all those we don’t know but still call “neighbor.”
The Portico Collective Board
Sophia Agtarap, Matthew Johnson, Tammy Scott, Kevin Veitinger