Do Not Remove ‘Climate Change’ from USDA Communications

Target: Sonny Perdue, United States Secretary of Agriculture

Goal: Do not replace “climate change” language in USDA communications.

Staffers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) office have reportedly been instructed to avoid using the term “climate change” in official communications. They were directed by USDA officials to use terms such as “weather extremes” when referencing events related to climate change.

As The Guardian reports, when discussing climate change adaptation, staffers were told they should use the phrase “resilience to weather,” and instead of saying “reduce greenhouse gases,” they should say “build soil organic matter [and] increase nutrient use efficiency.”

It’s no secret that the Trump administration is looking to downplay the well-documented realities of climate change, and this attempt to change language at the USDA is the latest in a string of attacks on environmental protections and scientific reasoning. Add your name to the petition below to demand that the USDA discuss climate change in stark, honest terms and that this administration take climate change seriously.


Dear Secretary Perdue,

Recently, staffers at the USDA office were instructed to replace the term “climate change” with a variety of vague language in official communications. Since the Trump administration has made very clear that it is not concerned with the very real dangers of climate change, choosing instead to ally itself with a number of special interests, this directive appears to be an attempt to downplay the realities of climate change.

As a government official, you work for the American people, not for those who benefit financially from ignoring climate change. You have a responsibility to recognize the dangers of climate change and work to counteract them. I demand that you do all you can to reverse this directive USDA staffers. Climate change is real, and changing the vocabulary around the issue is both useless and dangerous.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    global warming is real

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