ASM Policy Recommendations to Address Climate Change
Understanding the world of microbes can help us harness their power for a sustainable global food supply, decarbonization, energy security and the growing bioeconomy, while curbing the impact of dangerous pathogens, or disease-causing microorganisms. It is not enough, however, to simply understand microbial sciences. We must put knowledge into action. Doing so requires policy solutions.
ASM Policy Recommendations
The American Society for Microbiology has 6 key policy recommendations to support research on microbes and leverage their power to support climate-resilient systems.
- Support basic research on microbial functions and the contributions of microbes to the generation and consumption of warming gases, ecosystem stability and human well-being.
- Incorporate microbes as sentinel measures of climate change, including the detection and monitoring of microbial pathogens and beneficial microbes, to predict and prevent negative impacts.
- Leverage the power of microbes to support climate-resilient systems.
- Strengthen coordination among federal agencies and programs and leadership with international partners.
- Incentivize science-based climate solutions, scalable innovation and real-world applications.
- Increase public engagement and understanding of how microbes impact all aspects of our daily lives, including climate change.