Alexandria, VA- Islamic Relief USA, a nonprofit humanitarian and advocacy organization, has issued the following statement regarding recent news reports about the current administration’s plans to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, which encourages nations to implement steps to combat climate change.

“The current administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord jeopardizes the long-term health of our environment and public safety. The decision is short-sighted, likely to result in more pollution in our air, water, and other natural and public resources. It is also likely to result in increased instances of extreme weather events. Islamic Relief USA has worked in several nations around the world that have been devastated by climate change-related disasters, including famine, rising temperatures, droughts and displaced populations. At a time when many scientists are calling on nations to reduce greenhouse gas and carbon emissions, along with reliance on fossil fuels, the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris Agreement is an unfortunate step backwards and sends a misleading message to industrialized and developing countries around the globe. We strongly urge the administration to reconsider this decision.”

 

MEDIA CONTACT

Syed M. Hassan
media@irusa.org or 
(703) 370-7246

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Islamic Relief USA, based in Alexandria, Va., is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) humanitarian organization. Its mission is to alleviate suffering, hunger, illiteracy and disease regardless of color, race, gender or creed, and to provide aid in a compassionate and dignified manner. Islamic Relief USA aims to provide rapid relief in the event of human and natural disasters and to establish sustainable local development projects, allowing communities to better help themselves. Its programs benefit millions of people each year around the world, including in the United States.

Islamic Relief USA meets all of the Standards for Charity Accountability of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, a national charity monitoring group affiliated with the Better Business Bureau system. Islamic Relief USA is on the U.S. government’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) charity list, and it is also a signatory to the code of conduct of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.