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Pope Francis will address Congress at 9:45am on Thursday, September 24th. In keeping with his “…cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor,” we will call on America to honor its moral duty to urgently address the climate crisis. Communities that have done the least to cause climate change —the poor, people of color, displaced immigrants— are disproportionately bearing the burden of climate change. You are invited to join thousands of people of all creeds, colors and faiths, on the National Mall in asking our world leaders to #FollowFrancis to take bold action for climate justice.
An all-star lineup ofmusicians, religious leaders and climate justice activists including Moby, Rev. William Barber, Victoria Justice and others will be at the rally. Natasha Bedingfield, Sean Paul, Victoria Justice and others will participate in a special performance of “Love Song to the Earth
,” a new anthem which captures the spirit of climate action. The recently released song united Friends of the Earth U.S., the UN Foundation, Natasha Bedingfield, Paul McCartney and a host of artists and performers to raise awareness about the threats of climate change, and to inspire action by world leaders before the international climate talks in Paris. The artists, producers and directors of the Love Song project —as well as Apple — are donating their respective proceeds to Friends of the Earth U.S. and the United Nations Foundation.
Moby, Songwriter and Musician
Eric Paslay, Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Sean Paul, Singer and Songwriter
Natasha Bedingfield, Singer and Songwriter
Christina Grimmie, Singer and Songwriter
Victoria Justice, Actress and Singer
Toby Gad, Producer and Songwriter
Q’orianka Kilcher, Actress, Singer
Religious Convocation (Rev. Richard Cizik, New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good // Rev. Jim Ball, Creation Care // Rabbi Mordechai Liebling, Social Justice Organizing Program at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College // Rev. Mitch Hescox, The Evangelical Environmental Network // Dimitrios Antokas, Greek Orthodox Church of St.George // Rev. Gerald Durley, Providence Missionary Baptist Church)
The Most Reverend Pedro Jimeno Barreto, Archbishop of Huancayo and delegate of CELAM (Episcopal Conference of LA) for the Pan-Amazon Ecclesial Network REPAM
Rev. Mitch Hescox, The Evangelical Environmental Network
Patrick Carrolan, Franciscan Action Network
Rev. Sally Bingham, President of Interfaith Power and Light
Elizabeth Yeampierre, Executive Director of UPROSE
Aliya Haq, Special Projects Director Climate and Clean Air Program, NRDC
Jay Winter Nightwolf, registered member in good standing of the Echota Cherokee Nation of Alabama
Donnel “Trip” Van Noppen, President of Earthjustice
Marie Dennis, Co-President of Pax Christi International
Alden Meyer, Director of strategy and policy for the Union of Concerned Scientists
Kenneth Berlin, President and CEO of the Climate Reality Project
Dolores Huerta, President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation for Grassroots Organizing, Co-founder United Farm Workers
Kaya Banton, Chester Environmental Justice
Destiny Watford, Free Your Voice
Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club
Lydia Camarillo, Vice President of Southwest Voter Registration Education Project
Greg Moore, Executive Director of NAACP National Voter Fund
Gene Karpinski, President of the League of Conservation Voters
The Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies, leader in the Washington Interfaith Network
Thomas Lovejoy, Senior Fellow at the UN Foundation
Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., President and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus
John R. Seydell III, Trustee Elect, Turner Foundation
Lucia Grenna, Managing Director, Connect4Climate, World Bank
Blanca Juti, Chief Brand Officer, Rovio
Kumi Naidoo, International Executive Director, Greenpeace
Dominique Hazzard and Brenda Sanders, Black Lives Matter
Kathleen Rogers, President, Earth Day Network
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, Pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church and Architect of Moral Monday
Dennis Hayes, Board Chair, Earth Day Network
Erich Pica, President, Friends of the Earth
Rachel Lamb, Young Evangelicals Climate Action
Sister Simone Campbell, ‘Nuns on the Bus’
Bob Inglis, Former Congressman
Jose Aguto, Friends Committee on National Legislation
Rio Tazewell, Campaign Coordinator, PFAW
Aijen Po, Philadelphia women walking
Larry Kopald, Founder and President of The Carbon Underground
Fred Tutman, Patuxent River Keeper
Ruth Tyson, Chesapeake Climate
Gustavo Torres, Executive Director CASA
Paul Berry (MC)
Chevy Chase (MC)
The message of the Encyclical
“I wish to address every person living on this planet.
“The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together, for we know that things can change
“The environment is on loan to each generation, which must then hand it on to the next. The warming caused by huge consumptions —on the part of rich countries— has repercussions on the poorest areas of the world.
“Each year sees the disappearance of thousands of plant and animal species, which our children will never see.
“An outsider looking at our world would be amazed at such behavior, which at times seems self-destructive. It would hardly be helpful to describe symptoms without acknowledging the human origins of the ecological crisis. Humanity is called to recognize the need for changes of lifestyle, production and consumption
“Injustice is not invincible.
“We know that technology based on very polluting fossil fuels must be aggressively and without delay replaced.
“The effects of our present imbalance can only be reduced by our decisive action here and now.
“All of us can cooperate as instruments of god for the care of creation.
“Put simply, it is a matter redefining our notion of progress. Human beings, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves. Choosing again what is good, and making a new start. Humanity still has the ability to work together in building a common home. Give us grace to feel profoundly joined to everything that is.
“Praise be to you.”