Target: Dr. Thomas Armstrong, Executive Director of the U.S. Global Change Research Program
Goal: Congratulate the program for raising awareness about the causes and consequences of climate change
The National Climate Assessment for 2014 has been released and it contains little in the way of good news. Rising sea levels, intensifying natural disasters, drought, flooding and extreme heat have plagued the Unites States for years. All of these disasters point to changes in climate; however many legislators and everyday Americans continue to deny that the changes are caused by humans despite the fact that this relationship has been clearly demonstrated.
The recent National Climate Assessment describes how human activities contribute to rises in carbon dioxide emissions and are therefore responsible both for pollution and the heating of our planet at an accelerated rate. Scientific assurances like those found in the Assessment help us learn from past mistakes and help average citizens understand what is required to save our planet from becoming increasingly inhospitable to life. The updated research also makes it more difficult for deniers to ignore the fact that climate change is led by our reliance on fossil fuels and our unsustainable use of natural resources.
Applaud the many scientists and backers who made this report possible, adding their expertise and research to the rallying cry that climate change must be addressed immediately.
Dear Dr. Armstrong,
I am writing to applaud the courage of the Global Change Research Program for backing the newest National Climate Assessment. The report shines a light on the many troubling changes to our weather and atmosphere that will devastate life on Earth as we know it unless we act quickly and efficiently.
For years scientists have expressed deep concerns about climate change and what our reliance on fossil fuels is doing to the atmosphere. While independent media, citizens’ groups and environmental organizations have long called for action on the part of lawmakers, many still cling to the belief that climate change is either a lie or else a completely “natural” turn of events. President Barack Obama has committed additional resources to addressing climate change, and my hope is that your research forces his administration to take action–and soon.
These issues have received major recognition following the release of your report: a big step in the right direction to saving our planet. Thank you for all that you do to bring awareness to our world in crisis.
[Your Name Here]
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