Mission. The goal of this letter is to encourage the leaders of U.S. colleges and universities to work together and with other coalitions in leading the U.S. effort to combat global climate change. Our central premise is that the impact of academia on this essential effort will be greater if it is unified and coordinated. This letter will be delivered to the leadership of colleges and universities nationwide.

Authorship. This statement was written by E.J. Chichilnisky, Roger Levy, Nancy Kanwisher, Scott Plous, and Michelle Wyman (on behalf of NCSE), with valuable input from Eero Simoncelli, Susan Spinrad Esterly, and Mark Tuszynski. Technical development for signature collection was generously contributed by anonymous collaborators. The opinions expressed in this letter do not necessarily represent those of our employers.

History. On June 5, 2017, this letter became open to all signatories who are students, faculty and staff of accredited colleges and universities in the United States of America.

Copyright. The statement is in the public domain. To the extent possible under the law, the authors hereby waive all copyright and related or neighboring rights. This work is published in the United States. If you adopt the statement for your own use, please let us know at info@academiaunited.org.

Contact. We welcome your input, although we may not be able to respond to all comments. Please direct email to info@academiaunited.org.

How are signatures collected? Signatories must possess a valid .edu email. Upon signing, signatories receive an email with a confirmation link. Once the signature is confirmed, the list is updated.

I’m faculty/student/staff at a college or university in the USA – may I sign? Yes! Our letter is open to all members of the academic community.

I’m not faculty/student/staff at a college or university in the USA – may I sign? No, but we sincerely appreciate your support. Please share this statement with others via Facebook, Twitter, email, or any other channels you have available.

What will you do with the information I give you when I sign? Initially, we will use your email address only for validation of academic affiliation. In the future, we may use it to distribute information about related political initiatives. Any such email will include an unsubscribe link that allows you to instantly and permanently remove yourself from the mailing list. The information you provide will not be used for any other purpose. The names of signatories, their institutions, and their affiliations (faculty, student, staff) will be publicly available. Email addresses will not be shared with any other individuals or groups.