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Jewish Groups Urge Trump To Stay In Paris Climate Change Agreement

NEW YORK (JTA) — Three Jewish groups called on President Trump to keep the United States as a signatory in the United Nations’ Paris climate change agreement.

The Union for Reform Judaism, the American Jewish World Service and the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life joined 20 other religious groups in urging Trump to adhere to the agreement. The deal seeks to reduce greenhouse gases emissions, which are blamed for global warming.

In a letter to the president dated Tuesday, the organizations drew on their religious backgrounds in urging Trump not to nix the agreement.

“As people of faith, we believe that we have a responsibility to be caretakers of Divine creation — to preserve our ecosystems for future generations and to ensure the human dignity and worth of all people,” read the letter, which was signed by Jewish, Christian, Unitarian Universalist and interfaith organizations.

Trump is still considering whether the U.S. will remain in the agreement, which was reached under the Obama administration, The Washington Post reported last week.

Rabbi Jonah Pesner, the director of the Religious Action Center — the Reform movement’s political action wing — cited Jewish tradition in expressing support of the Paris Agreement.

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