Scientists and state employees report that Governor Rick Scott’s office has discouraged them from using the phrases climate change, global warming and sustainability in official communications, including reports about the future of Florida’s coasts.

Florida scientists, such as David Hastings, who met with Scott, advised the governor that the state of Florida is one of the most vulnerable states to the impacts of climate change in the U.S. Sea-level rise alone threatens 30% of the state’s beaches by 2100. Hastings, a Florida scientist who met with Gov. Scott last year, called the language ban “Orwellian.”

According to a report by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, the “unwritten policy” was implement in 2011 after Scott took office and appointed a new Department of Environmental Protection director. Sign the petition to investigate censorship in Florida.