Pope Francis will be visiting the United States From 9/22-9/27. He will be speaking to Congress on Thurs 9/24. The Moral Mobilization will occur this Fall, from the beginning of Francis' visit on Sep. 22 to the end of the Paris climate talks on Dec. 11.
Event hosts will choose their own date and time during that range.
For WEEKDAY events: Host outside of your local congressperson’s office (And invite your Congressional Representative to join!).
For WEEKEND events, choose a civic site or notable public space.
We will be holding Public Pledge to Mobilize Ceremonies These events will consist of:
1) Reading Selections aloud from the Encyclical
2) Giving the Pledge to Mobilize to Community Leaders. (Politicians and candidates, religious leaders, leaders in business, the academy, civil society, or other notable, respected figures) For an example: See this Video of San Francisco Mayoral Candidate Amy Farah Weiss taking the Pledge in a public ceremony.
3) Community Leaders giving speeches about the need for Climate Mobilization!
4) Community Leaders offering the Pledge to Mobilize to anyone in the crowd.
Pope Francis’ message is entirely compatible with the Pledge to Mobilize. In essence, Pope Francis is calling for climate mobilization—a restructuring of our economy and society that drastically reduces emissions “in the next few years,” in order to protect civilization and the natural world. We believe that his speech to Congress on 9/24 will be forceful and magnetic. In the week after his departure, we want to send a message that we, the people, are answering his call for ecological conversion and active citizenship! We also think this is a terrific opportunity to:
1) Enlist community leaders from Across the US to The Climate Mobilization
2) Get our message into the national press.
Welcome aboard! We suggest that you start out by reading the host guide. It contains everything you’ll need to think about when planning your event.Host Guide
Here is an abbreviated list of materials you will likely need for your event. We are designing Moral Mobilization-themed posters and will post them here shortly:
2. Blown-up Poster Version of the Pledge to Mobilize (2' x 3' for Printing on Vinyl)
3. Portable Sound System/Mic
4. Tabling Posters
5. TCM Shirts
6. Pledge to Mobilize (For 8" x 11" Printer Paper)
7. Pledge Sign-Up Forms
For a comprehensive list of materials - including small, printable copies of the Pledge, and Pledge sign-up forms - see the Mobilization Materials page.
In "Laudato Si," Pope Francis calls for an urgent "ecological conversion" of civilization and a "drastic" reduction of emissions in "the next few years." Meanwhile, The Pledge to Mobilize calls for a WWII-scale mobilization in response to climate change that drives U.S. greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025 and global greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2030.
The fact that historians describe the World War II home front mobilization as a tremendously fast "conversion" of industry from peacetime to wartime production confirms our feeling that a Climate Mobilization and an Ecological Conversion are practically identical concepts.
Unfortunately, just because our demands are in line with the Pope's doesn't mean that people will be automatically persuaded that we are right. Here are some key resources to help you persuade people that we need a WWII-scale ecological conversion that eliminates net greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as humanly possible, removes excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and restores a safe climate.
1. An Open Letter to Barack Obama: The Moment of Truth for Your Climate Legacy
2. Recount: It's Time to 'Do the Math' Again, by David Spratt.
3. Striking Targets, by Philip Sutton
4. The Case for Climate Mobilization, by Ezra Silk, with Margaret Klein Salamon
Also, see our illustrated manifesto on the importance of speaking honestly about climate catastrophe, see The Transformative Power of Climate Truth, by Margaret Klein Salamon.