Why He Matters
Pope is set to leave the top job at the Sierra Club for a new position as the club's chairman, becoming the group's chief advocate for stopping climate change. The move is a sign of just how important reducing the outpouring of greenhouse gases has become to top environmentalists. Pope told the New York Times that his members gave the leadership a message: "do climate. Climate, climate, climate."
Pope came to the Sierra Club, the largest environmental organization in America, almost 30 years ago, after graduating from Harvard college and two years of service in India. He has held several different positions, and was appointed executive director 1992. Pope is the longest-serving executive director of the club.