World YMCA statement on the Environment

Date: 06 June 2017

The World YMCA and young people around the world are deeply committed to sustainable development and the preservation of the planet for future generations.  Many YMCAs around the world run youth-led programmes to promote environmental responsibility and conservation.

The World YMCA is disappointed with the recent decision of the Federal Government of the United States to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement and urges reconsideration.

We also encourage all individuals, organizations, corporations and local and national governments around the world to continue efforts to reduce pollution and mitigate against the consequences of climate change. We need to work together to make the world a healthier, safer place for all.