Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Stop rising sea levels to protect threatened Delmarva Peninsula fox squirrel
We are all too used to hearing about habitat loss due to humans cutting down trees, dumping pollutants and waste into the environment, or chasing animals away with farmlands or urban environments. As the sea levels rise, animals will be facing habitat loss as oceans swallow up their homes. Recently removed from the endangered species list, the Delmarva Peninsula fox squirrel faces a growing danger from the encroaching ocean as a result of climate change. The president needs to address the issue of climate change immediately, as the fox squirrel will not be the only animal lost to the ocean.
Recently, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell declared that the Delmarva Peninsula fox squirrel is no longer on the endangered species list. In 1967, the squirrel could only be found in four countries in its native region, but that number has jumped to ten, with the population resting at 20,000. It is thanks to conservationists and environmentalists that these squirrels were able to jump back and reclaim their territory that was lost to farmland. Unfortunately, these animals are facing another threat — the ocean.
Most of the Delmarva Peninsula fox squirrel population lives in the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge which has been called a “refuge at risk” because a portion of the land has been lost to rising sea levels. In the past century, over 8,000 acres of the marsh has been lost to rising sea levels, and it’s estimated that another 150 acres will be lost each year. This is absolutely devastating for the fox squirrel, especially since their species was recently removed from the endangered species list.
The solution to this problem is not simple. It requires all nations to work together to reduce their level of greenhouse gases, shift towards renewable energy, and educate their populace about the consequences of climate change. We the people have the power to change our world and make it balanced once more, and it starts with calling our leaders to make the change happen. Tell President Obama to stop climate change so our animals and environment will be here to stay.
Dear President Barack Obama,
Recently the Delmarva Peninsula fox squirrel was taken off of the endangered species list. While this is exciting news for the species, many conservationists are still concerned for these animals. Their swamp habitats are slowly being consumed by the rising ocean, and it’s estimated that 150 acres of land will be lost each year. That is a massive amount of land to be lost for these squirrels that have just made a comeback.
I implore you to help these animals survive by stopping climate change. There are many problems cropping up because of this phenomenon, and the loss of habitat is one of them. I urge you to make the United States shift towards clean energy so all animals who are threatened by rising sea levels will be able to rest easy.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Brian.gratwicke via Wikimedia Commons