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Carl Franzen’s coverage of Pope Francis’ Congressional address, where he pronounced that technology is the solution to climate change, shows how powerful the capabilities and uses of mobile technology are. Franzen is the Online Director for Popular Science, a publication about current science and technology.


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By Carl Franzen | Popular Science | 9/24/15

Pope Francis just finished delivering his first address to the U.S. Congress in Washington, D.C. — the first such speech to a joint-session of Congress by the leader of the Catholic Church in history — and he once again prominently referenced the need for dialog and action on climate change. As the Pope said in his address (via Vox):

It goes without saying that part of this great effort is the creation and distribution of wealth. The right use of natural resources, the proper application of technology and the harnessing of the spirit of enterprise are essential elements of an economy which seeks to be modern, inclusive and sustainable. “Business is a noble vocation, directed to producing wealth and improving the world. It can be a fruitful source of prosperity for the area in which it operates, especially if it sees the creation of jobs as an essential part of its service to the common good.” This common good also includes the earth, a central theme of the encyclical which I recently wrote in order to “enter into dialogue with all people about our common home” (ibid., 3). “We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all.”

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Pope Francis “Tech Can Solve Climate Change”

Pope Francis called for “a courageous and responsible effort to ‘redirect our steps’ and to avert the most serious effects of the environmental deterioration caused by human activity.” The Pope followed up his call-to-action with a proposition of directing technology to “devise intelligent ways” of implementing a culture change towards care and redemption of the planet we inhabit. He also strongly believes that Americans are smart enough and powerful enough to contribute greatly to reversing the effects of climate change. But what does mobile technology have to do with change? Global Green Climate Change, pope francis

How Global Green is Using Technology to Change the World

Crowdfunding naturally integrates with mobile technology and social or advocacy movements. Much like a movement, crowdfunding requires leaders that engage and recruit a strong tribe to champion for change. Find your org’s crowdfunding leaders in the people who are most invested in your cause, emotionally and financially and who are always at the ready to invest their precious time. Look first to staff, board members, your most active volunteers and recurring donors, then widen the search to other supporters.

Global Green, a national leader in advancing smart solutions to climate change that improve lives and protect our planet, recently launched a global digital movement and mobile crowdfunding campaign. People can join their initiative to become a Climate Champion for Change by simply signing up as a virtual fundraising volunteer and pledging to actively take steps to clean up on a local, national or global level. Global Green armed their Climate Champions with powerful mobile fundraising tools to raise money for prevention and cleanup of the resulting disasters of climate change.

Through mobile messaging, Global Green has been able to leverage smart donor data to communicate directly from their MobileCause account with everyone that joined the movement by filling out a mobile-friendly form and/or subscribed or donated via a texted keyword. Climate Champion engagement strategy includes:

  • Ideas for eco-friendlier changes individuals can incorporate in their daily lives
  • A link to video messages, updates, testimonials, success stories, etc.
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Relevant motivational quotes
  • Statistics about climate change
  • A link pledges to take action
  • Challenges to spark friendly fundraising competition
  • A link to surveys/polls
  • National or global initiatives
  • Donor recognition Thank You’s

MobileCause crowdfunding can help your organization gain 57% new donors with a mobile-first, turnkey solution with zero transaction fees.

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