Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Applaud efforts to build communities capable of responding to natural disasters
Extreme droughts, floods and wildfires — these are the impacts of climate change that won’t happen just in the distant future, but are unfortunately happening right now. In an effort to address this climate change, President Barack Obama has announced a plan to help build better communities capable of withstanding the devastating effects of natural disasters.
The Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience is a program designed to respond to the needs of communities nationwide that are dealing with the impacts of a changing climate. The $260 million dollar plan includes the modernization of infrastructure, which will enforce policies that encourage communities to build stronger cities capable of surviving a natural disaster; the modernization of roads, bridges, power grids and transit systems, as well as natural resources reform, ecosystem monitoring, rebuilding storm barriers like dunes and wetlands, and carbon pollution regulation. Further, the plan also makes it mandatory for states across the country to have access to scientific date and insights that are essential to helping communities and businesses better understand and manage the aftereffects of extreme weather and other impacts of climate change.
Further, the Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience has also teamed up with federal agencies to design a 3-D mapping tool of the entire country that states can use to evaluate what communities are at the greatest risk of being impacted by changing climate conditions. To support more rural areas, the United States Department of Agriculture has also joined efforts to improve rural infrastructure, which is said to attract businesses and residents. The plan, in effect immediately, will also provide funding to safeguard drinking water during droughts and even has a special committee that will provide adaptation training to indigenous tribes.
Climate change poses a real threat to the precious infrastructure of America, essential to our livelihoods and the existence of our economy. Sign the petition to thank President Obama for making such a progressive move.
Dear President Barack Obama,
It has recently come to my attention that you intend to engage in a multimillion dollar sustainability reform project and, for that, I would like to thank you for your efforts. Extreme droughts, wildfires, floods and the like used to be a natural disaster ‘myth,’ but we are quickly finding out the harsh reality: climate change is happening now and we need to do something about it. Your plan will help save countless lives from the negative impacts of climate change and help prevent another Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ike or Hurricane Ivan situation from being a devastating one.
Once again, thank you for recognizing that climate change is amongst us and that serious measure need to be taken in order to safeguard our communities and help us respond better to natural disasters.
[Your Name Here]
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