Add your name: Tell the presidential debate moderators to ask candidates about climate change

Presidential Debate Moderators Lester Holt (NBC), Martha Raddatz (ABC News), Anderson Cooper (CNN), and Chris Wallace (Fox News)

Climate change is happening now and we need immediate action to mitigate the devastating impacts. The next president of the United States will have a tremendous opportunity to fight climate change and keep the U.S. on a path toward a clean energy economy, but the first step toward making this a reality is ensuring that voters know where the candidates stand on the issue.

The Presidential debates are the perfect opportunity for millions of viewers to hear straight from the candidates how they plan to address climate change — but it will only happen if we can convince the debate moderators to ask the question.

Help us put climate change in the national spotlight by calling on the moderators of the presidential debates to ask about how Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton plan to fight climate change.

Participating organizations:

Corporate Accountability International
Daily Kos
Defend our Future
Environmental Defense Fund
Friends of the Earth Action
League of Conservation Voters
Media Matters for America
NRDC Action Fund
Sierra Club
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To: Presidential Debate Moderators Lester Holt (NBC), Martha Raddatz (ABC News), Anderson Cooper (CNN), and Chris Wallace (Fox News)
From: [Your Name]

As the moderators of the 2016 presidential debates, you have the opportunity to ask questions about the most pressing issues facing our country – and climate change must be at the top of the list. This summer, the climate crisis has fallen right into America’s front yards – from devastating floods in Louisiana to damaging droughts and sweltering heat, we are feeling the impacts of climate change every day. Yet according to a recent Media Matters study, ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox collectively spent five percent less time covering climate change in 2015 despite landmark actions to address global warming. And just 1.5 percent of the nearly 1,500 questions that debate moderators asked presidential candidates during the primary debates were about climate change. Millions of voters will get their information about the presidential candidates from the debates. They entrust you with the responsibility to ensure that they know where the candidates stand on an issue that will affect their health, the economy, our national security – and their children's and grandchildren's futures. We must know where the candidates stand on these issues. Please bring this important issue to the national stage by asking the candidates how they plan to address climate change.