Target: Florida Governor Rick Scott
Goal: Lift ban on state officials using language that implies humans have caused climate change.
Officials in Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection are not allowed to use terms like “climate change” and “global warming” in their risk-management work, according to a recent investigative report. This is a ridiculous politicization of an issue that is much too serious to be subject to such pettiness. Demand that Florida stop trying to restrict discussion of climate change.
According to a report released by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, members of the state’s Department of Environmental Protection were instructed to cease using terms that related to humankind’s negative impact on the planet’s climate after conservative climate change-denier Rick Scott was elected governor in 2011. “Global warming,” “climate change,” and “sustainability” were all off-limits for the very public servants who were most responsible for protecting the state and its peoples from the effects of human-caused climate change. Governor Scott’s administration has, predictably, vehemently denied that it has enforced such a ban on language, but given the ignoble way in which his Republican Party has politicized this serious issue, such denials should be taken with skepticism.
If these allegations are true, they reflect the lengths to which conservatives in positions of power will go to uphold the status quo and suffocate all discussion of global warming. Sign the petition below to demand that the Florida government let its experts openly and frankly address the dangers of global warming without arbitrary political restrictions.
Dear Governor Scott,
I am writing you today regarding a study that has been released by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting. As I’m sure you are aware, it alleges that you have banned people in your government, most notably those in the Department of Environmental Protection, from using language that implies humans are responsible for climate change.
If these allegations are true, they reflect the most petty of political machinations possible. The members of the Department of Environmental Protection are tasked, in part, with protecting your state’s territory and citizens from the effects of climate change. By preventing them from using the language they need to do that effectively, you are putting your political concerns over the welfare of your citizens. That is an elevation of politics over health and safety and, consequently, a betrayal of your duties as governor.
Climate change is true whether or not you believe it was caused by humans, and the dangers it poses rise above politics and the distraction of Democrats versus Republicans. I demand that, if such a restriction on language in your government exists as this report alleges, you lift it immediately.
[Your Name Here]
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