Six scientific societies are asking the White House to hold a national summit on climate change.
In a letter delivered to President Barack Obama on Friday, days before his annual State of the Union address, the groups lay out a plan for a summit "to identify policies and actions that can be taken by each Federal agency and by state and local governments to address the causes and effects of climate change."
"We would like to offer the support and assistance of the thousands of scientists and other professionals who are members of our organizations," said the groups, including the American Fisheries Society , the American Meteorological Society , the Ecological Society of America , the Society for Conservation Biology , the Society for Ecological Restoration  and the Wildlife Society . "We respectfully request that you convene a national summit on this urgent and important challenge."
The idea of a national summit has gained traction among science, environmental and social groups in recent months. One effort, backed by a number of politicians, scientists, business leaders, climate activists, the NAACP, and a Quaker social justice organization, has launched a petition  and its own letter .