Target: Francois Hollande, President of France
Goal: Commend Paris authorities for combatting pollution with car ban
The government of France recently announced that half of the automobiles in Paris will be banned from the road in an effort to combat air pollution. During the current smog crisis in Paris, measurements taken by the Paris Air Quality Index showed pollution levels as bad as Beijing, one of the most polluted cities on the planet. The move is sure to anger many Parisians. However, the French government deserves to be commended for taking steps to combat the serious pollution problem despite political unpopularity.
Unseasonably warm weather has contributed to the worst pollution levels Paris has experienced since 2007. Emissions from diesel exhaust, factories and heating systems are responsible for the pollution. Particulate levels more than double the safe limit have prompted officials to urge people to stay indoors as much as possible.
The new restrictions will allow only odd or even numbered license plates on the road on any given day. Exceptions are included for electric cars, hybrid vehicles, and car sharing. Both Beijing and Rome have similar systems in place. Violations of the ban will incur a fine of 22 euros. Free rides were being offered on public transportation even before the car restrictions were announced.
The ban has angered many Parisians, especially those in the suburbs who depend on their cars to get to work. Municipal elections are approaching and the Green and Socialist parties that pushed the anti-pollution measures face some political risk. Please sign this petition to commend the French government for helping to combat pollution despite the political ramifications.
Dear President Hollande:
I am sorry to learn about the current air pollution crisis in Paris. I understand that current pollution levels are some of the worst in the world, as bad as the city of Beijing, China. It is critical that the French government has taken action to help alleviate the situation through restrictions on car traffic. These restrictions, although unpopular with many people, are necessary to protect public health and bring pollution within safe levels.
Hopefully this will also help teach Parisians a valuable lesson and encourage them to embrace more environmentally friendly forms of transportation. Hybrid and electric vehicles, as well as car sharing and public transportation, should continue to be encouraged even when the current crisis is over.
Although not necessarily politically popular, the restrictions on vehicle traffic in Paris are necessary to reduce pollution. I commend you for your leadership to help bring the current air pollution crisis in Paris under control.
[Your Name Here]
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