Target: California Governor Jerry Brown
Goal: Praise governor for strong stance on climate change.
California hopes to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent below 1990 levels by the year 2030, making it one of the most aggressive greenhouse gas goal to date.
California governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order that aims to cut not only greenhouse gas emissions, but also reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. This goal is even more aggressive than the Obama Administration’s.
The drought that is plaguing California is largely thought to be the result of climate change and will not be going away anytime soon. Large amounts of money have already been used to help relieve the drought, such as a $1 billion emergency drought relief plan. Californians could be wary about the money this new plan might need, but Brown said that “taking significant amounts of carbon out of our economy without harming its vibrancy is exactly the sort of challenge at which California excels.”
The goals may be North America’s most aggressive on climate change, but they are attainable and may not cost as much as Americans might think. Brown’s executive order involves taking climate impacts into consideration in building infrastructure and also into state agencies’ investment decisions. In fact, a recent report by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) reveals that capped greenhouse gas emissions are on slowly trending downward and that California’s economy is actually getting larger since its cap-and-trade program that was implemented in 2013.
Governor Jerry Brown is doing everything he can to not only help California’s suffering of the drought, but also the world by issuing this executive order. Please sign the petition below to thank him for his dedication to reversing the effects of climate change.
Dear Governor Jerry Brown,
I would like to thank you for your tough stance on climate change and issuing an executive order that sets high but attainable climate change goals. It is inspiring to Americans and to those around the world.
The drought that plagues California currently is thought to be the result of climate change and it will not be going away anytime soon if we remain on our current path. It is great that you are taking the initiative to change this and make the lives better for not only Californians, but the world.
Notable figures have already recognized the importance of your executive order. World Bank President Jim Yong Kim called your efforts “an example of climate leadership that others must follow.” Christiana Figueres, the executive secretary for the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, called California’s announcement “inspiring…within the United States and around the globe.”
Your strong stance will hopefully encourage other countries attending the U.N. climate conference in Paris in December to take on a more aggressive stance in regards to climate change. Thank you for being a leader and taking the initiative to set goals that combat climate change.
[Your Name Here]
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