Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Urge President Obama to take meaningful action on climate change as outlined in his second inaugural address.
President Obama, in his second inaugural address, has promised to finally address climate change, saying:
“We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires and crippling drought and more powerful storms.”
These are powerful words. However, Obama has made similar statements in the past, only to falter in his efforts to do something about global climate change. After an initial push to take action in 2009 that came to nothing, he stopped focusing on the issue, thanks in part to distraction from the healthcare debate and the state of the economy. But that did not stop the continuing change of the climate, and ignoring the threats posed by climate change did nothing to mitigate them.
Advocates for the environment were rightfully disappointed by Obama’s first-term environment policies. Now that his second term has officially begun, Obama must live up to his promises and lead the world’s most powerful nation to set a global example on climate change policy.
By signing the petition below, you will help push President Obama to take meaningful action in government to fight climate change and show leadership on the issue.
Dear Mr. President,
I applaud the statements you made on climate change in your second inaugural address, including the promise to act on this major issue. You said: “We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.”
Your record so far on climate change has disappointed many in America and the world, but we continue to hope that you will take a much stronger stance in your new term of office. Now is the time to make good on your words and act on climate change.
I am writing to urge you to begin taking actions and pressuring the government to move on climate change issues quickly and forcefully. Please let your legacy be one of a president that put the country and the world on track to avoid the direst threats of climate change.
[Your name here]
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