Kids to Candidates: Debate Climate Science!

Just hours before Republican presidential candidates gear up for their latest televised debate, a campaign led by kids are demanding they talk about an issue they say has so far gotten the short shrift: climate change.

“Given the many urgent scientific and technological challenges facing America and the rest of the world, the increasing need for accurate scientific information in political decision making, and the vital role scientific innovation plays in spurring economic growth and competitiveness, we call for public debates in which the U.S. presidential and congressional candidates share their views on the issues of science and technology policy, health and medicine, and the environment,” the campaign, organized by, stated in a press release earlier this week.

A recent national poll conducted by and medical research advocacy group Research!America found that 87 percent of likely voters think the presidential candidates should be “well versed on science issues.”

According to Shawn Otto, chair of, those issues include, among others:

  • Do you support recent efforts to prosecute energy companies for funding denial of climate science?
  • What steps will you take to stop pollinator die-offs?
  • What will you do to slow the sixth mass extinction?
  • How should we balance privacy with freedom and security on the Internet?
  • Should we deploy artificially intelligent robots in war zones?

As the campaign’s website explains, “We think the candidates for president should be debating science, tech, health and environmental issues on TV, so that voters know where they stand.”

Watch’s youthful ad below: