Groups in Kentucky and around the country are calling for the winner of next month’s presidential election to hold a summit on climate change during his term’s first 100 days.

The National Climate Summit 2013 Coalition has unveiled a petition signed by more than 1,600 people calling for the summit. The coalition cites recent examples of climate fluctuations, like hotter average temperatures and heavier-than-usual rainfall, and says it’s necessary that the presidential candidates commit to finding solutions.

Both President Obama and Mitt Romney avoided talking about climate change during last night’s debate. Analyst have suggested that both have more to lose than win by addressing the subject, as they could alienate key swing state voters they’re both vying for.

Erica Peterson reports on energy and the environment for WFPL. She is also Enterprise Editor.