Several environmentalgroups are planning a major climate rally that will draw hundreds ofthousands to the National Mall on Sept. 24, the day Pope Francis speaks toCongress and is expected to address the public afterwards…
The permit for thegathering – which will make the moral case for reducing greenhouse gasemissions linked to global warming – is for 200,000 people. The MoralAction on Climate Network, along with the Earth Day Network, League ofConservation Voters, Sierra Club and other groups, have timed the rally on theMall the same day of the pope\’s speech. House Speaker John Boehner(R-Ohio) has said the pope “has expressed an interest” in making an appearanceon the Capitol\’s West Front.
Following Pope Francis\’s address to Congress Thursday, thepope stood on the balcony of the U.S. Capitol and appeared to the crowd thatflowed down to the Mall, where an environmental rally had drawn a diverse groupof activists, singers and religious leaders.
Please also note that its “diverse group” end-around is the article\’s one and only reference to the size of the crowd.