Moral Action for Climate Justice People's Climate Rally

“Pope Francis, We Heard Your Call for a Conversation,
Let's Talk Climate Justice”

Join Us - Thursday, September 24, 2015

On the National Mall – Between 4th & 7th Streets, NW
Washington, DC

 On this historic day, as Pope Francis addresses a joint session of Congress, we will gather in support of his call for urgent action to address the climate crisis and create a new future of economic equality, social justice, and environmental equity.

Unitarian Universalists: RSVP to the Facebook event for updates!

It is America’s Moral Duty to
Take Action for Climate Justice, Now!

At the outset of his Enclyclical, Laudato si’ (24 May 2015), Pope Francis makes clear that He wants to be a part of a conversation “about our common home” “which includes everyone.”  He also makes clear that he does not want to talk about the environment or the climate in the abstract. Instead, he wants to “integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.”

Pope Francis’s encyclical echoes what those in the Climate Justice Movement already know - climate justice is not about trying to solve an abstract climate problem. Climate justice is about local communities campaigning for rights and just outcomes in their communities- health, fair housing, positive economic opportunities, transportation, cultural preservation, food security, clean air, safe water, green energy, resiliency, and harmony between Man and Mother Earth. As Indigenous activist Clayton Thomas-Muller has stated, the climate justice movement is about: “Not simply demanding action on climate, but demanding rights-based and justice-based action on climate that … amplifies the voices of those least responsible and most directly impacted.”

The message of Pope Francis’s encyclical and his call for an inclusive dialogue presents and important opportunity to raise up the stories of the climate justice movement. On September 24th, when Pope Francis addresses the U.S. Congress, Moral Action on Climate wants to create a national-level platform for an inclusive, visible, and loud climate justice conversation - a platform to raise up the stories of the climate justice movement in the U.S.

“A true ecological approach always becomes a social approach;
it must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment,
so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.”

Laudato Si’ On Care for Our Common Home - Papal Encyclical

September 24, 2015 at 7am - 3pm
National Mall, (between 4th & 7th St.) Washington DC
4th SW St
Washington, DC 20565
United States
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Doris Marlin

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