Target: Obama Administration
Goal: Support the nation’s first strategic framework to tackle climate change
A new climate strategy has been released by the Obama Administration, as effects of climate change are becoming extremely apparent. The warming of ocean temperatures and rising sea levels threaten to extinguish several species around the globe. Commend the Obama Administration for taking an urgent approach by collaborating with several environmental agencies to create the first national strategy on climate adaptation.
The report attributes the heightened effects of climate change to the increase of greenhouse gas emissions due to burning of fossil fuels, which then retain heat in the upper atmosphere. According to the report, various species are under threat of extinction or are otherwise living in stressful conditions. For example, coral reefs are being affected by ocean acidification, brook trout are experiencing a lack of cold water needed for reproduction, and salmon are being afflicted by parasites that thrive in warmer waters.
Several agencies participated in the conception of the new climate strategy. Co-authors and co-leaders include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation as well as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). More than 90 managers and researchers were required to develop the strategy, as climate change is such a large issue to tackle.
Assistant administrator for fisheries at NOAA Eric Schwabb states that the strategy is in fact a framework on a national level, containing no mandates or regulations. Rather, it outlines seven recommended goals that include educating the public, maintaining the preservation of species, and conserving land. Commend the Obama Administration for addressing the urgent matter of climate change by creating the new strategy on climate adaptation.
Dear Obama Administration,
Climate change is proving to be a daunting task to tackle with its effects becoming extremely apparent. Several species and ecosystems are living in stressful conditions and many are under threat of extinction. This is an urgent issue that will not be solved overnight, but it is critical that we act as swiftly as possible.
By developing the nation’s first strategy on climate change, you are taking the essential steps to conserve land and preserve fragile species and their habitats. Few plants or animals will be able to cope with rising temperatures and sea levels once they reach maximum tolerance level. Therefore, I support and commend your efforts of developing guidelines to educate the public and conserve wildlife before it is too late.
[Your Name Here]
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