- The laws of physics wait for no one. GHG emissions continue to escalate and Earth is in a fever. We need a binding global agreement that will reduce GHG emissions to no more than 1.5 degree C.
- Poorer nations contribute the least to GHG emissions and suffer the most from climate changes. They do not have the funds nor technology to either adapt or mitigate the consequences of climate change.
- This is the time for ALL nations to adopt a “common but differentiated responsibility” platform that recognizes that some countries bear more responsibility for the climate changes than others. All must reduce; some must do more so than others.
- Small island nations are already experiencing rising
sea-levels that are jeopardizing their existence. Other countries are also seeing massive hurricanes, fires, and drought. We cannot continue “business as usual”.
- As Dominican women of faith we are called to respond individually and communally; where we live and where we minister. We are the ones we have been waiting for.
In the words of Pope Francis:
“What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us? We need to see that what is at stake is our own dignity.”