Bishop Pates called on U.S. bishops to support the Catholic Climate Covenant’s (CCC) U.S. Catholic Climate Declaration, a document that requests the Trump administration to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement. Pates supports the Paris Agreement despite of the Agreement’s support of the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals, Goal #5 of which aims to “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls,” and to “ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive rights.”