For Immediate Release:
December 6, 2016
Contact: Ted Bordelon
Scientists and Activists Send Letter to President-Elect Trump Urging Immediate Action on Climate Change
314 Action Collected 3,555 Signatures in 4 Days and Will Continue to Collect More Until President-Elect Trump Takes Office
(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, 314 Action, a recently formed nonprofit committed to giving a unified voice to the STEM community and grassroots activists, sent a letter (see attached) to President-Elect Donald J. Trump urging him and his Transition Team to tap the expertise of the STEM community when crafting policy related to climate change and to acknowledge the real and immediate threat of climate change to our national security
“It is crucial that scientists and those who know what is at stake for our planet have a seat at the table,” said Dr. Michael E. Mann, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State University. “Climate change threatens the quality of life and security of all Americans. I urge the President-Elect to heed our call and grant those who have spent their lives studying the science of climate change the opportunity to inform discussions of climate and energy policy."
314 Action reached its initial goal of 3,141 signatures within just five days, and the signature portal will remain open for anyone to sign at 314action.org/take-action until the Presidential inauguration on January 20, 2017. The letter was signed by 3,555 members of the STEM community and activists who believe the voices of scientists should be heard in the halls of power.
“President-elect Trump has indicated on the campaign trail and through some of his recent cabinet picks that he wants the best and the brightest advising his administration,” said Shaughnessy Naughton, a former chemist and founder of 314 Action. “We sent this letter because the people informing his decisions on the pressing issue of climate change should be no different. Our goal is to help both Mr. Trump and the Transition Team make decisions that are grounded in fact and reason.”
314 Action is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) that was founded by members of the STEM community, grassroots supporters and political activists. Despite being a recently formed organization, 314 Action has over 75,000 active members and donors across the United States. 314 Action is concerned that STEM education in the United States is falling further and further behind the rest of the world, that our political leaders continue to deny scientific facts and that Congress fails to fully fund scientific research so we can solve pressing environmental issues like climate change and social problems like gun violence. For more information, visit 314action.org