Sierra Club Statement On Pope Francis’s Encyclical

WASHINGTON, D.C. –(ENEWSPF)—June 18, 2015. Today, Pope Francis released a long-anticipated Encyclical on climate change and ecology, serving as a teaching document addressed to “all people of goodwill” underlying the moral need for action on this global crisis.

In response, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune, released the following statement:

“Pope Francis’s guidance as a pastor and a teacher shines a light on the moral obligation we all share to address the climate crisis that transcends borders and politics. This Encyclical underscores the need for climate action not just to protect our environment, but to protect humankind and the most vulnerable communities among us. The vision laid out in these teachings serves as inspiration to everyone across the world who seeks a more just, compassionate, and healthy future.

“The Pope’s historic message comes at a critical moment. Momentum is building for significant action during international negotiations in Paris and beyond to transition the world from fossil fuels to a healthy and just clean energy economy. The Pope’s Encyclical will only help continue that momentum, and we are excited to hear him bring this message of care and compassion to New York, Washington and Philadelphia later this year.”

About the Sierra Club

The Sierra Club is America’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, with more than 2.4 million members and supporters. In addition to helping people from all backgrounds explore nature and our outdoor heritage, the Sierra Club works to promote clean energy, safeguard the health of our communities, protect wildlife, and preserve our remaining wild places through grassroots activism, public education, lobbying, and legal action. For more information,


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