Target: Gina McCarthy, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator
Goal: Convince environmental regulators to offer prizes or incentives for anyone who can invent functioning and practical technologies to help address climate change
Our planet is in peril. Global warming, in spite of what the skeptics might say, is a very real threat that is growing more and more ominous by the day. In 1997 the number of motor vehicles on the road at any given time was calculated at over 600 million. That number is expected to double by 2030. These vehicles will collectively emit as much carbon dioxide as burning over 3 trillion pounds of coal–not surprisingly with dramatic consequences for the environment.
These effects are neither invisible nor confined to the distant future. More than 400,000 square miles of ice have already melted in the Arctic Sea, and the Antarctic Ice Shelf has reached a point of no return where it’s melting can no longer be stopped. Scientists predict that rapidly melting glaciers will dramatically raise sea levels around the world: up to 10 feet in the next 50 years.
Humanity is not the only species feeling the effects of global warming. Over 1 million species are currently at risk of extinction due to the effects of climate change on their ecosystems and food chains. If the warming trend continues Earth will soon be a planet with far less biodiversity.
Young and promising scientists are emerging in the fields of ecology and climatology. Call on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to begin offering incentives for these brilliant young minds to create technologies to help stabilize the climate.
Dear Ms. McCarthy,
Climate change involves very real threats that we need to pay attention to. Communities around the world are at risk due to rising sea levels and increasingly chaotic weather patterns. With so much information at our fingers tips, to ignore our precarious situation would be a grave mistake.
More must be done to encourage today’s young and brilliant scientists to innovate ways to fix the damage we as a species have done to the Earth’s climate. I call on the EPA to begin offering prizes and other incentives for anyone who can create functional, efficient and practical technologies to aid stabilizing the climate. There is so much untapped potential in the world. What better place to nurture it than in the preservation of our climate and our planet?
[Your Name Here]
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