Join Peaceworks and our Allies in a Climate Walk, Sunday, Sept. 20. Join with your neighbors to call attention to the urgent need for immediate action.
Pope Francis is coming to the U.S. More specifically, he is going to be addressing a joint session of Congress on Thursday, Sept. 24. In his encyclical, Laudato Si, the Pope has taken as clear a stance as possible regarding the moral imperative to take action now to address the climate crisis. He has called for recognition of the impact of our actions on future generations and on the poor and the marginalized, who are being most directly impacted today.
This has the potential to be a transformative moment. Those who’ve clung to denial for so long are now facing both an overwhelming scientific consensus and a call to moral action from religious and spiritual leaders from many traditions, including now the Catholic Church, the largest single religious institution in the world.
Many organizations, including Peaceworks, which has been a voice for climate action for decades, are heartened by the Pope’s stand, and we’d like to do all we can to assure that his message is heard as widely as possible. On Sunday, Sept. 20, therefore, we are holding a Climate Walk that we hope will bring together hundreds of mid-Missourians. This highly visible 5K (~3 miles) Walk will focus community attention on the climate just before the Pope arrives. Being visible we can amplify Pope Francis’ message and bring it home to our neighbors and colleagues.
The Walk is an awareness raiser. It’s also a fundraiser to help fund Peaceworks’ climate action advocacy and education efforts. Getting pledges and/or making a contribution yourself is encouraged, but optional. We hope you will participate in whatever ways work for you and help make this the largest, most impactful climate demonstration yet in our area.