Humanists Launch National Effort to Combat Climate Change

For Immediate Release


Sarah Henry,, (202) 238-9088 ext. 105

(Washington, D.C., April 11, 2019) – Today, the American Humanist Association (AHA), a national advocacy organization, launched the Humanist Environmental Response Effort (HERE) for Climate initiative. HERE for Climate raises awareness about what it takes to make a difference and connects local individuals and community organizations with the resources they need to have an impact.

Recent reports from the United Nations join the United States’ own Fourth National Climate Assessment in underlining the fact that we must successfully address climate change now or face dire consequences in the immediate future. UN Secretary-General António Guterres says that “climate change is moving faster than our efforts to address it.”

“The AHA’s guiding document, Humanism and Its Aspirations, reminds us of our planetary duty to protect nature’s integrity, diversity, and beauty in a secure, sustainable manner.” explains Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association. “Climate change is the greatest threat facing our world, and humanists are compelled to act.”

In coming months, the American Humanist Association will continue to work on promotion, education, and legislative efforts at the national, state, and local level to address this ecological threat.

Learn more about HERE for Climate here.


Founded in 1941 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., the American Humanist Association (AHA) works to protect the rights of humanists, atheists, and other nontheistic Americans. The AHA advances the ethical and life-affirming worldview of humanism, which—without beliefs in any gods or other supernatural forces—encourages individuals to live informed and meaningful lives that aspire to the greater good of humanity.