Press Release

NRDC President: Pope Calls All People of Good Will to Climate Action

WASHINGTON (June 18, 2015) – The following is a statement by Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, upon the release of Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change.

“'The pope’s message applies to all of us, regardless of our faith. He is imploring people of good will everywhere to honor our moral obligation to protect future generations from the dangers of further climate chaos by embracing our ethical duty to act.

“We all are paying a high price for rising seas, expanding deserts, blistering heat, withering drought, raging wildfires, floods, storms and other hallmarks of climate change. But some are bearing a greater burden.

“Scores of millions of the world’s poorest people are living on the front lines of climate disaster. All too often it is the most vulnerable among us - infants and children, expectant mothers, the elderly and the infirm - who suffer first and are hurt the worst from the hazards and harm of climate change.

“We all have a responsibility, as the pontiff reminds us, to do better -- by the planet and by our fellow human beings.”

Rhea Suh's blog on the encyclical will be posted here:

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