For Immediate Release:
January 20, 2017
Contact: Ted Bordelon
Renewed Call to Save Data after White House Climate Change Site Purged from the Web
The Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI) and Partner Organizations Including 314 Action Call for Immediate Assistance
(Washington, D.C.) -- Shortly after Donald Trump’s inauguration today, his Administration wasted no time purging the White House’s climate change webpage, leaving visitors with a “page not found” message. 314 Action and a coalition of volunteer scientists under the umbrella organization, EDGI, are again calling for immediate financial assistance and donations from the public to assist with the archiving of crucial climate data, before it’s too late.
“If we cannot raise sufficient funds by the time the President’s full team is in place, data under the EPA and other organizations is at dire risk,” said Ted Bordelon, Director of Communications for 314 Action. “What may have seemed dystopian is now becoming reality. We need the public’s help now or climate research could be set back decades.”
Since announcing a fundraising campaign two weeks ago to provide the seed money necessary to archive climate data and other scientific environmental research that may be altered or purged under the Trump Administration, more $12,000 has been raised for the cause. EDGI made headlines in mid-December for their successful efforts to organize collaborative events aimed at preserving EPA data.
For interviews with 314 Action and EDGI members, please call Ted Bordelon (267-469-7048)
The Generosity.com page (bit.ly/EDGI314) will be used to fund:
ARCHIVING: the archiving of publicly available environmental data before databases may be dismantled or their maintenance defunded under the new administration.
MONITORING: the implementation of online tools to document changes in agency funding, research and data during the Trump Administration.
CRAFTING A 100 DAYS REPORT: the production of a report after Trump’s first 100 days detailing what changes have been made to public data, as well as to funding, staffing and programming in Federal agencies, in order to call attention to the areas of federal environmental governance under threat in the new administration.
RESPONSE: Design and implementation of systems for networking data analysis across federal agencies and improve the interfaces for current databases
EDGI currently has 50 members from 23 different institutions and organizations including:
Johns Hopkins University
Memorial University of Newfoundland
New York University
SUNY Stony Brook
UC Santa Cruz
University of Colorado
University of Michigan
University of North Carolina
University of Pennsylvania
University of Toronto
314 Action is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) that was founded by a scientist and supported by members of the STEM community and pro-science advocates. Despite being a recently formed organization, 314 Action already has an active membership of over 75,000 people across the United States. 314 Action is concerned about the denial of basic scientific facts such as climate change by political leaders, the quality of STEM education in the United States and that Congress fails to fully fund scientific research so we can solve pressing environmental issues and social problems like gun violence. For more information, visit 314action.org
EDGI is an international network of academics, environmentalists and non-profits that believes in evidence-based policy making and public interest science. EDGI is building online tools and research networks to proactively archive public environmental data, as well as track and respond to the potential undermining of evidence-based environmental governance in the United States. For more information, visit envirodatagov.org/ or on twitter @EnviroDGI