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Get the “Love the Pope” Tee Shirt

Pope Francis comes to the United States next week with a message of love, hope, and concern for all people and the planet.

He will arrive in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, September 22. On Wednesday, September 23, he will meet with President Obama at the White House. On Thursday, September 24, he will address a joint session of Congress. That night he will travel to New York City, where he will address the UN General Assembly on Friday, September 25. On Saturday, September 26, he will come to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families. While here, he will give a speech at Independence Hall, visit a prison, say mass on Ben Franklin Parkway, and then fly back to Rome that same night.

And you thought you had a busy schedule.

Throughout his U.S. visit, Pope Francis is expected to emphasize concern for the poor and disadvantaged, the need for moral and spiritual growth, and the crucially important issue of environmental degradation of the planet, including the need to fight climate change.

As people of conscience committed to fighting climate change, we come from diverse religious traditions or no religious tradition at all.  But when it comes to climate change, we love the Pope because of the strength and clarity of his message. He reminds us that this is a moral issue.

To commemorate the visit of Pope Francis, we have commissioned a limited run of tee shirts with the “Love the Pope” logo on the front and the words “Lawyers for Common Sense on Climate Change” on the back for the first 100 people who make a minimum donation of $20 to A Call to the Bar through the donate button on our web site. Also, send us an email at info@calltothebar.org with the size of the tee shirt (youth large, and adult M, L XL, and XXL). We will ship as soon as possible so hopefully they will arrive in the mail before the Pope gets to Philadelphia.

Final Pope Logo

A Call to the Bar is a Pennsylvania non-profit corporation, and all funds are used to further our mission. We are not a tax exempt organization under IRS Code section 501(c)(3). We decided not to seek tax exempt status because that would place legal limits on our lobbying efforts, and we will accept no limits on our efforts to convince elected officials of the need for immediate government action on climate change.

Season of Hope on Climate Change

Today the cause of combatting climate change gains a very important ally. Pope Francis has issued a papal encyclical on climate change that throws the full moral weight of the world’s largest religious organization in favor of taking action to preserve the planet.

His Holiness has not spoken to us directly, but it’s pretty clear that he is trying to influence public opinion in the critical months leading up to the UN Climate Summit this December in Paris.  The UN Meeting in Paris represents possibly the last clear chance to limit the harm from climate change to a further increase of no more than 2 degrees Celsius, which many climate scientists think is the limit the planet can endure without a full scale catastrophe.

Between now and December, we expect to hear much more from the Pope on climate change, particularly when he visits the United States this Fall and speaks to a joint session of Congress on September 23 and the UN General Assembly onSeptember 25.

We hope to be enlisting a lot of support from lawyers between now and December. We have just launched our social media campaign with three blog posts.

Please check them out and most importantly, share them with others, and ask them to sign the Petition for Immediate Government Action on Climate Change.

We are planning activities now for the remainder of the year, including educational programs at law schools and bar associations around the country. We will share updates about our progress and news item of great interest.