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The MIT Alumni for Climate Action (aka MACA) is a non-partisan group of Massachusetts Institute of Technology alumni concerned about
the devastating effects of climate change. We support action at all levels to communicate the urgency of the problem and reduce the risk and damage from climate change. We support science-based interventions in the energy, transportation, industry, and agriculture systems such as the rapid development of renewable wind and solar energy capabilities and elimination of fossil fuel usage to drastically reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions.

MACA is a growing group of climate activists consisting of members from many states and nations. The group's mission, history, and organization are summarized below and in our Mission and Action Plan. Our recent group actions can be found on our Activities page and our Roadmap for Responding to Climate Change can be found on our Roadmap page. Check them out to learn more about our current work!

History and activities
The MACA group has been active since 2018. In October 2018, a group of alumni in Maryland sent an open letter on climate change to all candidates running for public office in the state. The letter was signed by more than 100 alumni and sounded the alarm on the effects of climate change. The letter was supported by US Senators and Congressmen, and State Senators and Delegates, and helped pass the Clean Energy Jobs Bill in the state.

In October 2020, a group of alumni from around the US and abroad sent a letter to the MIT administration in response to their request for feedback on the 2015 MIT Plan for Action on Climate Change. The letter illuminated certain gaps in MIT’s 2015 plan and outlined a vision for the 2020 plan, including: (1) increasing the campus greenhouse emissions reductions goals, (2) metrics for engagement with the fossil fuel industry, (3) guidance for divestment and moral leadership on climate (4) actions for leadership on development of climate technologies, and (5) broadening climate education on campus. The MIT administration responded and initiated a series of MIT campus climate action forums.

In 2021, MACA is partnering with other climate groups to secure climate leadership in Washington DC through the @ConfirmClimate campaign. We have partnered with @NRDC to support Secretary of Energy nominee Gov. Granholm, the @EnvDefenseFund to support Environmental Protection Agency Administrator nominee Michael Regan and the Council on Environmental Quality Chair nominee Brenda Mallory, and @OceanConservancy to support Secretary of Commerce nominee Gov. Raimondo.

MACA is also partnering with @ClimateReality to demand urgent action on the fifth anniversary of the signing of the Paris Agreement by sending letters to reps and with @ClimateLit as a signatory for the National Strategic Planning Framework to support the creation of a national U.S. Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE).

Working Toward a Better World
All MIT Alumni concerned about climate change may sign-up to join the MACA Team, and everyone is invited to follow and engage with the group on MIT Open. The MIT Alumni for Climate Action group is a member of the MIT Alumni Energy, Environment, and Sustainability Network (EESN) and the MIT Climate communities.

Background information on climate change and its effects on the state, nation, and world, are available from our Educational Resources page and Web Portal. For a recent report on climate change, see the US Global Change Research Program Climate Science Special Report (CSSR). Click on the images below.