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Silence won't end climate change. Let's put it up for debate!
The journalists who moderate the Presidential debates have significant influence over what issues get serious attention from the campaigns. Let's tell them that climate change needs to be on the agenda and up for debate!
Summer was unusually hot. But we don't have to tell you that - you've been living it. July was the hottest month in U.S. history. 3,215 daily high temperature records were set or tied in the month of June. More than 63 percent of the country in the lower 48 states is experiencing drought. This drought has affected more 80% of the U.S.'s corn crops, foreshadowing serious effects for global food prices, which could in turn cause political instability worldwide.
Scientists are proving that these extreme weather patterns are linked to climate change. We know that climate change and global warming are real threats to our planet's sustainability and that we're just beginning to experience the effects. We know that these effects are going to mean serious ramifications for our environment, affecting the price we pay for food and gas and everything in between. Americans know we need to address this issue now, so why aren't our presidential candidates talking about it? Neither candidate has shown a serious commitment to addressing this issue on the campaign trail.
It's time for the presidential campaigns to wake up. Tell the moderators that we want a real debate from Romney and Obama on how to best address of climate change. It's an issue as tied to our future prosperity and security as the economy, and as such, environmental issues need to be a focal point of presidential debates.
For more information about climate change, read our one-page fact sheet on the issue. For specific information on Romney's and Obama's climate change policies, check out the interactive guides we've created using the social media tool Storify:
It's time for the presidential campaigns to wake up. Tell the moderators that we want a real debate from Romney and Obama on how to best address climate change. It's an issue as tied to our future prosperity and security as the economy, and as such, environmental issues need to be a focal point of presidential debates.