Target: Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon
Goal: Take drastic measures to reduce global fuel emission and fossil fuel dependency.
Carbon dioxide concentrations have increased more in the last year than during any single year since 1998. This is also the first time in many thousands of years that the Earth has seen such a fast rise in carbon concentrations. The last time that concentrations increased anywhere near this fast was during the last Ice Age, 11 thousand years ago.
Fossil fuel burning and a strong El Nino weather pattern have led to this very fast uptick in carbon dioxide concentrations, and scientists say that this trend is explosive compared to Earth’s natural process. Drought and erratic rainfall caused less carbon to be stored by forests and drylands, adding to the effects of fossil fuel emissions.
Since 1880, carbon dioxide levels have increased over 40 percent as industrialization took over in Europe and America. These industrial buildings would cause more emission and the gases would trap heat, warming up the planet and provoking extreme weather.
This process is called global warming and it has plagued our planet for many years. It is what causes the ice caps to melt and the ocean’s water levels to rise. Sign the petition below to urge the United Nations to take more drastic measures to reduce fuel emission and fossil fuel dependency.
Dear Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon,
Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide last year rose by the biggest margin since records began. This kind of increase in carbon dioxide concentrations hasn’t been seen since the last Ice Age and is partially responsible for the dangerous El Nino weather patterns. The increase is explosive compared to natural processes and could lead to extremely dangerous results. Global warming could end up killing all plant life, cause massive global flooding, and could even cause another Ice Age.
Global warming is caused almost entirely by constant fossil fuel emissions into the atmosphere. Though measures are currently being taken to wean nations off of fossil fuels, it isn’t enough to bring carbon dioxide levels down. It’s imperative that we as human beings find a way to save the only planet we’ve been given and to ensure the survival of our species.
The continued use of fossil fuels and the increase in greenhouse gases is dangerous to us and all our future generations. We cannot allow these levels to rise even more. I ask that the United Nations try more drastic measures to completely eradicate fossil fuel dependency and to lower the amount of carbon dioxide concentration.
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