About 75 faith-based, indigenous, environmental, health, justice, consumer and farming groups welcomed Pope Francis to the U.S. and thanked him for challenging the world’s people, governments and corporations to tackle the the topic of global warming.

The groups, which include Hazon, Friends of the Earth, Alliance for Natural Health, Women’s Environmental Institute, Organic Consumers Association, IFOAM Organics International, Family Farm Defenders and The Carbon Underground, urged the Pope in an open letter to continue speaking out about the moral and ethical obligation we all have to take care of the planet.

They also asked that Pope Francis emphasize the links between food, poverty and climate, and call for investments in organic regenerative agriculture as a critical path toward solving both world hunger and global warming.

“We welcome Pope Francis to Washington on his mission to inspire the American people to deal with the absolutely crucial issues of global warming, poverty, and justice,” said  Ronnie Cummins, international director of the Organic Consumers Association (US) and Via Organica (Mexico), and co-founder of Regeneration International. “We welcome his call to respect and regenerate the Earth and the global body politic. We ask that Francis ‘connect the dots’ between healing the Earth and fixing the climate crisis by calling for a global campaign of regenerative organic agriculture and land use, which can dramatically reduce emissions while simultaneously drawing down several hundred billion tons of excess carbon from the atmosphere and safely sequestering this carbon in our living soils.”

Read the open letter and list of endorsing groups here.