Target: President Obama
Goal: Set a clear agenda for distributing humanitarian aid to developing nations
For no one are the devastating effects of climate change more real than those living in impoverished, developing nations. The poorest people of our world struggle to cope with rising temperatures, and with it the threats of rising sea levels, food and water shortages, higher disease rates, premature deaths, and the often violent conflicts that can come as a result. Dedicated to tackling both climate change and economic inequality, President Obama now faces a prodigious challenge in lieu of the most recent study by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change confirming this tragedy of what has now been named climate justice. Vulnerable nations’ demand for aid, strengthened by the UN report, creates further pressure on the U.S., which has the world’s largest, albeit still struggling economy, to deliver on its promises of funds. Urge President Obama to adopt a policy of complete transparency in acting on this complex issue.
Keeping in mind past U.S. agenda for climate aid, notably Hillary Clinton’s 2009 pledge to dedicate $100 billion by 2020 to impoverished nations, a plan of action, most importantly one grounded in achievable goals, is indispensable. As the U.S. response to the issue of climate aid will depend heavily on political resolutions within Congress, having united leadership by our federal government is vital to bridging this disparity and improving our relationships with nations across the globe.
Please sign the petition below and push to address this pressing challenge by keeping communities worldwide informed and supported.
Dear President Obama,
I am writing to express concern over the United States’ role in providing aid impoverished, developing nations suffering under the effects of climate change. Already burdened disproportionately with consequences of climate change such as rising sea levels and food and water shortages, the poorest people of this world cannot be abandoned to further suffering even as our nation’s economy, the largest in the world, is still recovering.
With vulnerable countries’ demand for aid even stronger than before, I encourage you to adopt a policy of full transparency moving forward, keeping your community informed to the best of your ability. On the verge of desperation, developing nations could appreciate having a plan of action, most importantly one grounded in achievable goals that will enable us to keep our commitments to our global partners. As the U.S. response to the issue of climate aid will depend heavily on political resolutions within Congress, I believe that your leadership is vital to changing the way we think about not just our futures, but the futures of those across the globe.
[Your Name Here]
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