Stop the culture of silence on climate change

As hurricane Sandy bears down on the Northeast, millions are hunkering down and preparing for this unprecedented, freaky “Frankenstorm”. But while the news outlets are buzzing about the storm non-stop, they are totally silent on one critical aspect of the story: Major media outlets are refusing to link this freaky Frankenstorm to climate change.

It’s exceptionally rare for a hurricane to remain this strong, this far north, this late in the season. But when the Atlantic ocean is five degrees warmer than normal, “once-in-a-century” storms start to become part of our everyday lives, and now two superstorms have slammed into the East Coast in back-to-back years.

This culture of silence is part of a large problem. The less severe events like Sandy are linked to global warming, the less Americans say they believe in the phenomenon, and the less pressure is on our leaders to deal with one of the major, earth-altering issues of our time.

Tell CNN, the New York Times and other outlets: Don’t stay silent on the issue of climate change. Speak up about how a warming world has affected hurricane Sandy.

The media silence on the issues has a real effect on our policies. The number of Americans who say they believe in global warming is at an all-time high after the record-breaking heat wave this summer. But because climate change is out of the news -- and thanks to millions of dollars in campaign contributions by the fossil fuel industry -- neither Barack Obama nor Mitt Romney is speaking about climate change.

If SumOfUs.org members can get our media to make this issue front-and-center, as we look into the real impact that global warming has on our lives, we can make this an issue in the next race -- and for the next four years. Join us in calling out our major media outlets, and stopping the culture of silence on climate change.

As hurricane Sandy bears down on the Northeast, millions are hunkering down and preparing for this unprecedented, freaky “Frankenstorm”. But while the news outlets are buzzing about the storm non-stop, they are totally silent on one critical aspect of the story: Major media outlets are refusing to link this freaky Frankenstorm to climate change.

It’s exceptionally rare for a hurricane to remain this strong, this far north, this late in the season. But when the Atlantic ocean is five degrees warmer than normal, “once-in-a-century” storms start to become part of our everyday lives, and now two superstorms have slammed into the East Coast in back-to-back years.

This culture of silence is part of a large problem. The less severe events like Sandy are linked to global warming, the less Americans say they believe in the phenomenon, and the less pressure is on our leaders to deal with one of the major, earth-altering issues of our time.

Tell CNN, the New York Times and other outlets: Don’t stay silent on the issue of climate change. Speak up about how a warming world has affected hurricane Sandy.

Sign our petition to CNN, The New York Times, and other major media outlets

Petition Text:


Report on the link between climate change and major weather events like hurricane Sandy."

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