Over 160,000 agree: Climate change belongs in the presidential debate

September 27, 2012 | 3:22 pm | , Chief Program and Advocacy Officer

We recently asked you to tell Jim Lehrer, moderator of the first presidential debate on October 3, to ask a question about the climate crisis — because neither candidate can afford to ignore the most urgent issue of our time.

The response was huge. Today, with the League of Conservation Voters, Environmental Defense Fund, Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation,,, iMatter campaign and Moms Clean Air Force, we dropped off more than 160,000 petition signatures at Jim Lehrer’s studio.

What we told Mr. Lehrer very simple: Climate change is happening now. Dirty weather is affecting people around the world. So we need to hear from the presidential candidates about what they will do to help solve it.

In the words of our President and CEO, Maggie L. Fox: “We can’t get to the important work of debating and implementing solutions if the candidates won’t even talk about the problem. That’s why it’s imperative that we bring climate change into the presidential debates.”

Thanks to all of you who added your voice and asked to bring climate change into the presidential debate.