Target: Speaker of the House John Boehner
Goal: Create Arctic sanctuary for endangered ringed seals
The ringed seals are the smallest seal found in the Arctic. The species is known for their soulful eyes, the pups for their fluffy white coats. Unfortunately this species is endangered, thanks to habitat destruction and overfishing. A federal proposal will give these seals some protection, but the newly elected GOP Senate is looking to override this proposal in favor of oil. Enough damage has been done to our environment and these plans need to be stopped. Tell Speaker of the House John Boehner to create the Arctic sanctuary and oppose drilling in these lands.
It’s believed that the worst Congress for the environment will be sworn in, further putting the lives of many threatened and endangered species at risk. Environmentalists are trying to get this sanctuary approved before Congress has time to act, and you can help. The proposal will protect millions of acres of the Bering, the Chukchi, and Beaufort Seas from oil drilling. If an oil spill were to occur here, the consequences would be catastrophic. Oil can stay on beaches for decades, inhibiting the growth of aquatic plants, and poisoning all sources of food. It will also prevent the ringed seal from keeping warm in the frigid waters of the Arctic.
It’s expected that oil companies will spend millions of dollars to prevent this proposal from passing. It is up to us to make sure this sanctuary is created and protected. Ringed seals have been on the decline for the past several years, but we can help their odds. Sign this petition and urge Speaker of the House John Boehner to oppose big oil, and construct this sanctuary.
Dear Speaker of the House John Boehner,
It has come to my attention that the federal government has proposed the creation of an Arctic sanctuary that would protect endangered species such as the ringed seal. I applaud Congress for this action, but environmentalists are concerned that the newly sworn-in Congress will not support this proposal. Instead, Congress will side with oil companies that wish to drill in these harsh and frigid environments.
I am writing this letter to express my concern. The ringed seal population has decreased significantly over the years, and it is because of human activity. Climate change drastically affects their survival, and we are the cause of this phenomenon. We now have a chance to correct our past mistakes. This sanctuary will protect their habitats and I urge you to support this proposal. The Arctic is harsh enough as is; oil companies will simply make surviving more difficult.
[Your Name Here]
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