Climate scientists have plenty of reasons to feel worried. For decades, fossil fuel interests have spread climate science disinformation and funded climate change denying politicians...
Now, science and scientific institutions face unprecedented challenges with a new administration that proposes to gut science funding, pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement, and derail the Clean Power Plan. In addition, Donald Trump has packed his cabinet with climate change deniers and fossil fuel industry magnates, including Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State.
But scientists won’t be silenced. This week, at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) annual conference in San Francisco, the largest gathering of Earth scientists since the election is happening — and scientists will be rallying on the streets right outside. They’ll be joined by representatives from frontline communities and allies from the climate movement.
The rally will feature some true star power: famous climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann (he created the “hockey-stick” graph of rising carbon emissions over time), Harvard professor and Merchants of Doubt author Naomi Oreskes, the executive director of Amazon Watch Leila Salazar-López, and even more climate heroes.
At the rally, scientists will join indigenous groups and allies from the climate movement to call on the incoming administration to:
- Acknowledge that climate change is a real, human-caused, and urgent threat.
- Uphold the United States' commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement.
- Protect scientific integrity in policymaking.
- Protect government scientists from censorship or suppression.
- Reduce carbon pollution and U.S. dependence on fossil fuels.
- Make the U.S. a clean energy leader, and champion the just transition to a new energy era that works for all of us.
If you can’t be there in person, we’ll be streaming the rally live at 3:30pm ET/12:30pm PT, on our Facebook page — so don’t miss out. When you pledge to #StandUpForScience, we will share your notes with the scientists rallying in San Francisco today.
Thank you for supporting those who are doing the important work of understanding the planet we call home. Let’s work with them to protect it for generations to come.
Amanda, Brandy, Emily, Brant, Daniela, and the rest of the ClimateTruth.org team
P.S. After public pressure from hundreds of scientists and over 61,000 petition signers, the AGU announced that Exxon will not be a sponsor at this year's conference. This is a victory. Let’s keep the scientists’ spirits up by standing with them today.
Facebook event: Rally to Stop the Attack on Science, December 13 at 12pm PT in San Francisco
“Trump transition team for Energy department seeks names of employees involved in climate meetings,” Washington Post, 12-09-2016
“Trump picks Scott Pruitt, climate change denialist, to head E.P.A.,” New York Times, 12-07-2016
“A climate denier is leading the NASA transition,” Climate Central, 12-06-2016
“Exxon won’t sponsor AGU, a win of sorts for oil giant’s opponents,” InsideClimate News, 12-05-2016
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