Target: Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada
Goal: Reduce harmful emissions and enact stricter environmental policies
Canada recently ranked in the bottom three of all G20 countries in terms of combating climate change. Of all the 34 countries party to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, Canada placed dead last. This annual climate change report studies CO2 emission levels as well as environmental policy in order to determine a country’s progress toward improving the environment.
Under Prime Minister Paul Martin in 2002, Canada was a world leader in climate policy, ratifying the Kyoto Protocol, which requires countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. In 2005, Martin even called on America to do their part in working against climate change. Since Stephen Harper was elected, he has shown brazen disregard for the environment, gutting environmental laws and taking funding away from the government bodies that enforce them. Harper was notably absent from a recent UN climate action summit.
Climate change can cause severe and unusual weather patterns including heat waves, tropical storms, and floods. It causes a rise in sea level, species loss, a reduction in harvest bounty, and water insecurity for millions of people across the world. If the issue is not addressed immediately, these consequences could become even more serious.
As the leader of a highly industrialized country, Stephen Harper should be working harder to ensure the future of Canada as well as the rest of the world. Your signature will ask the Canadian Prime Minister to do his part to reduce harmful carbon and greenhouse gas emissions in order to combat climate change.
Dear Prime Minister Harper,
Canada was ranked near last in the recent Climate Change Performance Index, an annual report on gas emissions and environmental policy. While Canada was once a world leader in the battle against climate change, the Harper government has shown disregard for environmental laws and the governmental groups that uphold them.
Climate change is causing glaciers to melt, resulting in sea level rises, more extreme weather patterns, and flooding in some areas. Many species have been endangered or wiped out entirely, fresh water is becoming unavailable in some areas, and even annual food harvests are decreasing in volume.
In order to ensure that the environment stays stable and able to sustain future generations, it is important that Canada do its part to combat climate change. We, the undersigned, demand an improved effort to protect Canada’s environment with a reduction in emissions and stricter climate change policies.
[Your Name Here]
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