Target: Mark Leno, California State Senator
Goal: Pass new super pollutant regulations in California to protect people from climate change and health issues.
California has a serious problem with super pollutants–gasses that have intense effects on global warming but only stay in the atmosphere for a short time. Of the 10 top ranked cities for super pollutants in America, six are located in California. Because of this, there is a new bill in the California state senate aimed at reducing these pollutants. The emissions it targets include black carbon, methane, and f-gases. If passed, it would cut black carbon emissions in half by 2030. Urge Senator Leno to give his full support to the bill and ensure a healthy, environmentally sound California.
Though black carbon and other super pollutants only remain in the atmosphere as short time, they are potent contributors to global warming. Their effect on global warming is several hundred times as intense as the effect of carbon dioxide. However, because of their short life span in the atmosphere, the damage they do is mitigated and decreasing their emissions could have an immediate effect on reducing global warming.
In addition to harming the environment, these pollutants also have negative health effects for those who breathe them in. Black carbon has been known to cause asthma, respiratory illness, heart disease, and lung disease. Eighty percent of the health damages that come with climate change and the pollutants that cause it will affect children under five. Children are outside more and breathe quickly, which increases their exposure to pollutants. Among the groups supporting the new regulations are the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Lung Association.
Allowing super pollutants to continue unchecked will have serious consequences for both the environment and human health. Tell Senator Leno to protect the health of his constituents and advocate for the new regulations.
Dear Senator Leno,
The new regulations on super pollutants must pass. These pollutants damage the environment and endanger public health. The port area of San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland made the American Lung Association’s list of the top 10 places contaminated by these pollutants. As state senator for San Francisco, you have a responsibility to safeguard your district’s health and ensure that the new regulations succeed.
These pollutants have serious health impacts for those exposed. One of these pollutants, black carbon, causes heart and lung disease, asthma, and respiratory illness. The groups supporting the new regulations include the American Lung Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
In addition, super pollutants rapidly accelerate global climate change. Their effects on global warming are several hundred times as strong as carbon dioxide’s. The damage they do is contained only by the fact that their lifespan in the atmosphere is comparatively short. Because they spend less time in the atmosphere, reducing them could significantly reduce global temperatures in the short term.
Decreasing super pollutants is crucial to the welfare of your constituents. Advocate for their interests and add your voice to those promoting the new regulations.
[Your Name Here]
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