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Christian Aid Ireland heralds strongest ever EU-China response to Trump's climate assault

2 June 2017 - Christian Aid Ireland heralds strongest ever EU-China response to Trump's climate assault.

Responding to the statement by the EU and China recommitting to the Paris Agreement, Christian Aid Ireland’s Head of Advocacy and Policy, Sorley McCaughey said: 
 
'Today we are witnessing the start of the fightback to Donald Trump’s assault on the world’s climate. China and the EU are clearly not going to stand by and allow one man to set the agenda on international climate action. 

'This is one of the strongest bilateral statements on climate change by two major world powers I’ve ever seen. The EU and China are clearly accelerating their climate cooperation and taking on the baton of leadership.

'Having two of the world’s three largest economies outlining their determination to lead the transition to a low carbon economy shows the direction of travel is only moving in one direction. US isolationism on climate policy isn’t going to stop that.

'This bodes well for the G20 coming up at the end of the month, which will likely see other countries rallying to the cause.'
   
 -ENDS- 
 
For media queries contact:
 
Sorley McCaughey

Head of Advocacy and Policy
Christian Aid Ireland
+353(0)14967040
087-0620062 (m)
Tweet @sorleymccaughey

Meabh Smith
Head of Communications
Christian Aid Ireland
0872068483


Additional Notes:
  1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in around 40 countries at any one time. We act where there is great need, regardless of religion, helping people to live a full life, free from poverty. We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance in tackling the root causes of poverty as well as its effects.

  2. Christian Aid’s core belief is that the world can and must be changed so that poverty is ended: this is what we stand for. Everything we do is about ending poverty and injustice: swiftly, effectively, and sustainably. Our strategy document ‘From Inspiration to Impact’ outlines how we set about this task.

  3. Christian Aid Ireland, with the support of Irish Aid, funds partners in Colombia working on peace building, human rights and accountability.

  4. Christian Aid is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of more than 130 churches and church-related organisations that work together in humanitarian assistance, advocacy and development. Further details at http://actalliance.org

  5. Follow Christian Aid Ireland on Twitter: twitter.com/christianaidirl

  6. For more information about the work of Christian Aid, visit www.christianaid.ie

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