Pressure Presidential Debate Moderators to Ask Candidates About Environmental Issues

Target: Presidential debate moderators Jim Lehrer, Martha Raddatz, Candy Crowley, and Bob Schieffer

Goal: Force presidential candidates to share their environmental policy agendas by asking questions about climate change prevention during the presidential debates

Environmental issues, particularly climate change, demand the attention of policy makers who will make substantive change a priority. The group Protect Our Winters has started a Twitter campaign to force the presidential candidates to address their climate change policy agendas by tweeting the debate monitors to ask the candidates environmental policy questions. There is no debate that climate change is happening now. We will experience or observe the effects of a changing climate on Earth in our lifetimes if we haven’t already. The debate lies in how we go about adapting our policies and lifestyles to slow climate change and allow the world population to continue to develop and prosper. The presidential candidates must address this topic. The economy, healthcare, and energy policy all tie into the changes in climate we are experiencing due to global warming. In order to make an informed decision that supports the environment, as well as other policies, the voting public must be informed of the candidate’s climate change policies. Support Protect Our Winters and tweet the debate monitors with this signed petition.

History has proven that presidents can be environmental leaders if they have the public’s support. The environmental movement of the 1970s made Nixon arguably our greatest environmental president to date. Because of the support for environmental issues in the 1970s we have the Clean Water and Clean Air Acts. Support for the environment continued into the 1980s, especially as President Reagan attempted to roll back environmental policy. Public support for environmental issues was at an all time high. Today however is a different story. Although climate change ultimately affects the economy and vice versa, the public is less willing to place climate change policy at the top of their priority list. This in turn, makes it very difficult for the president to enact meaningful environmental policies, as has been the case during President Obama’s first term.

In order to convince the public and ultimately the future president that climate change policy is important we must force the candidates to talk about it. Please sign this petition and ask the debate moderators to ask the candidates about what they will do to stop climate change.

PETITION LETTER

Dear Jim Lehrer, Martha Raddatz, Candy Crowley, and Bob Schieffer,

The issue of climate change should be at the forefront of the upcoming presidential debates. We cannot delay electing a policy maker who will make substantive changes in regards to how we deal with climate change as a nation. There is no debate that climate change is happening; however, there is a debate as to how the United States will address it in terms of policy. The path we as voters choose in November could mean a healthier planet for future generations, or a developing world experiencing chaotic weather and rising sea levels, among other adverse effects of global warming. The economy, healthcare, and energy policy all tie into climate change. In order to make an informed decision that supports the environment, as well as other policies, the voting public must be informed of the candidate’s climate change agenda. Please make it a priority to ask the candidates about their climate change policy agendas during the debates.

History has proven that presidents can be environmental leaders if they have the public’s support. In order to garner public support, and ultimately congressional support, environmental issues must be discussed. The public is growing less willing to place climate change at the top of their priority list. If we don’t talk about it and don’t hear the candidates discuss it, climate change will continue, possibly at an alarming rate depending on the candidate.

In order to convince the public and ultimately the future president that climate change policy is important we must force the candidates to talk about it. Please facilitate discussion on climate change policy during the debate you moderate.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. Enviro Equipment Blog says:

    The problem with signing this (or any other) petition on climate changes that it doesn’t do anything to impact global warming. All it does is make the signers of the petition feel a little better about themselves by giving them a false illusion that they’ve done something.

    If you really want to make an impact, give your time, money and votes towards candidates on every level who actually work on the behalf of stopping climate change.

    Signing a petition is easy; affecting change isn’t.

    • amen.
      If donating money to a reforestation program or devoting your time to volunteering is too much of a hassle, taking a small step like becoming a vegetarian or riding your bike to places nearby, or just taking the bus can decrease your carbon footprint and help slow down the effects of global warming. Every step counts, no matter how small. You don’t need to donate a forest to save a tree.

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