Monterey Bay Aquarium ‘dismayed’ by setback in U.S. climate leadership

Executive Director Julie Packard: ‘Now is the time to speed up, not reverse, the progress we’ve made’

Mar 28, 2017

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Julie Packard, Executive Director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium in the Great Tide Pool at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Must credit:  ©Corey Arnold

Statement of Julie Packard, executive director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium,  on the March 28 executive order signed by President Donald Trump rolling back U.S. policies to combat global climate change:

“Monterey Bay Aquarium is dismayed by the actions included in the executive order U.S. President Donald Trump signed today. The order represents a setback in U.S. leadership on climate change, the greatest environmental challenge of our time. Climate change and ocean acidification affect ocean health—and our own survival—in profound ways.

“The executive order rolls back existing federal policies that are critical to reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, promoting clean-energy solutions and protecting our ocean, the heart of the planet’s climate system. Now is the time to speed up, not reverse, the progress we’ve made in these areas.  

“Monterey Bay Aquarium will continue to advocate for science-based public policies to reduce the emission of heat-trapping gases and promote U.S. leadership in addressing the grave threats to society posed by climate change. We urge the U.S. to honor its commitments under the Paris Agreement.

“We are proud of the significant steps the State of California is taking to accelerate climate solutions and grow a clean-energy economy. We will continue to work with leaders in California, and other states and nations, to advance global climate action that is grounded in science.”

More information is available on our Climate Action for the Ocean webpage and our Future of the Ocean blog.


Contact: Ken Peterson, Communications Director; 831.648.4922; 831.238.3632

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