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AAG Resolution Requesting Action on Climate Change

(passed March 11, 2006)

WHEREAS,

Climate change is a process that constitutes a major threat to Earth’s environment and to the well-being of people in all nations;

WHEREAS,

Geography is an integrative science that synthesizes and analyzes data regarding human-environmental relationships, thereby increasing understanding about global climate change and contributing to more informed policy decisions;

WHEREAS,

Members of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) petitioned the AAG Council to consider this issue;

WHEREAS,

Global scientific efforts established a substantial body of evidence and reached a scientific consensus on global climate change, including reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA), among others;

WHEREAS,

The International Polar Year for science and research takes place from March 1, 2007 to March 1, 2009, focusing on the Polar Regions, which are affected by climate change at a greater rate than middle and lower latitudes; and

WHEREAS,

Eleven national science academies, including the US National Academy of Sciences, issued a joint statement on June 7, 2005, that calls on world leaders to take prompt action to reduce the causes of climate change, adapt to its impacts, and include the issue in all relevant national and international strategies.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that,

The Association of American Geographers (AAG) affirms the international scientific consensus on climate change, including endorsement of the June 7, 2005, joint statement of the national academies entitled “Global Response to Climate Change”;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that,

The AAG urges the US Government to take a leadership role in addressing climate change, support open scientific debate about the issue, and fully cooperate with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA) of the Arctic Council, the national science academies, and other governmental and nongovernmental organizations, as well as with the international community of countries, to better scientifically understand climate change and to develop sound policies to attenuate greenhouse gas emissions;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that,

The AAG enjoins the US Government to act upon commitments made by the US in the UNFCCC, May 9, 1992, and ratify the Kyoto Protocol and Rulebook that is presently international law;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that,

The AAG encourages geographers to continue to engage in climate change research, education, scientific assessments, policy discussions, and political action, as they deem appropriate; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that,

The AAG, as an important representative organization of geographic science, direct its Council and President to establish a committee to draft a formal position paper as a reference document on global climate change.

 

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