CSU FACULTY IN SUPPORT OF CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION
In December 2016, a small group of CSU faculty (including Julia Klein, Michele Betsill, Diana Wall, Dennis Ojima, Kathleen Galvin, SueEllen Campbell and John Calderazzo) drafted a non-partisan statement on climate change. There were several motivating factors for the statement, including local discussions about whether the Mayor of Fort Collins should sign the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda open letter to the President-elect, the President-elect’s campaign vow to ‘cancel’ the Paris climate agreement, and his subsequent nomination of several high-level Cabinet appointments who question the science of climate change. Several of the CSU faculty work with communities around the world who already are being negatively affected by climate change, but who do not have a platform from which to speak. This small group of faculty - consisting of scholars who have spent most of their academic careers studying various aspects of climate change science, impacts, policy and communication - were compelled to join together to clearly articulate the unequivocal need to address climate change and now invite other CSU faculty members to join as well. We stand in solidarity with other academics and diverse groups who have issued similar statements and hope ours will catalyze further awareness and action. Together, our voices will be heard.