CHN Statement on U.S. Executive Order and Climate Policy

The Climate History Network is an organization with more than 200 members in universities and governments around the world. As an international network dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge, we are committed to the free flow of information and people. We celebrate the diversity of our members and recognize that all have an equal voice and deserve equal rights, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, physical abilities, sexual orientation, religion, or country of origin. We believe that these principles are essential not only to good scholarship, but also to a healthy democracy.  
 
We therefore join hundreds of scientific and humanistic societies in expressing our dismay at recent attempts to ban immigration to the United States from seven predominantly Muslim countries. We express our solidarity with colleagues from these countries, who make substantial contributions to scholarship within and beyond the United States. 
 
Furthermore, as scholars of climate change, we recognize that human greenhouse gas emissions are today responsible for a dramatic rise in global temperatures that will continue into the future and has already had severe consequences for people around the world. We urge politicians in the United States and around the world to recognize the existence of anthropogenic climate change, and to implement policies aimed at lowering carbon emissions.
 
We condemn policies that prohibit government scientists from freely communicating their findings to the public. We also express our concern at the removal of government websites that once shared the scientific consensus on climate change with the public. We call on the President and the Congress to safeguard climate research pursued by federal agencies in the United States, including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency.