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Sierra Club Statement on Pope Francis' Speeches Before Congress and the White House


Yesterday, President Obama welcomed Pope Francis to the White House for the kick off event to the Pontiff's first visit to the United States. Today, the Pope will address both a joint session of Congress and the public gathered on the National Mall. During the historic White House meeting, both world leaders spoke to the need for meaningful and swift climate action to protect future generations, while the Pope praised President Obama's actions to curb carbon pollution. Further comments on climate are expected today.

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

"The Pope is bringing a message to Washington about the moral obligation to act on the climate crisis that cannot be ignored. The climate crisis transcends borders and politics, and, this week, the Pope's guidance and call to action will be heard across the nation, across faiths, and across party lines.

"The Sierra Club and our 2.4 million members and supporters continue to be inspired by Pope Francis' clear call for responsible stewardship of the earth. In the Pope's own words, 'we are living at a critical moment in history,' and we are prepared to continue to act on climate to protect future generations and the planet."

The Sierra Club is the most enduring and influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States. We amplify the power of our 3.8 million members and supporters to defend everyone's right to a healthy world.

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