Target: Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
Goal: Support agreement between North American countries to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. are expected to announce an aggressive new clean energy partnership during the North American Leaders’ Summit, more widely known as the Three Amigos summit. New emissions goals within this agreement would see the countries drawing 50 percent of their power from wind, solar, hydro, and nuclear sources by 2025. This, paired with energy efficiency initiatives and carbon capture and storage, will greatly reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
Greenhouse gasses such as carbon dioxide are the main emissions of the energy sector. They are released during the combustion of fuels, such as natural gas, coal, and oil. These greenhouse gases hold heat within the earth’s atmosphere, creating climate change, one of the single greatest threats faced by humanity today. If left unchecked, global warming could result in increased extreme weather patterns, the loss of coastal cities due to sea level rise, and the extinction of many species.
This is an aggressive goal for Canada, which has repeatedly failed to meet clean energy goals, as well as the U.S., which currently sources only 13 percent of its power from renewable sources. Nevertheless, these goals are attainable with quick action and dedication. Sign the petition below to show your support for this initiative and ask North American leaders to do everything within their power to ensure that these new goals are met.
Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,
Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. are soon expected to announce a clean energy agreement that would see each country get 50 percent of its energy from wind, solar, hydro, or nuclear sources by 2025. This would drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions, 30 percent of which are estimated to come from the energy sector — the combustion of coal, natural gas, and fossil fuels in particular. Greenhouse gasses are the single greatest contributor to climate change, which can cause extreme weather, sea level rise, and the extinction of many species of plant and animal.
This goal is ambitious, particularly considering that Canada has repeatedly failed to meet emission reduction goals in the past. However, with enough effort and resources, it is certainly attainable. We, the undersigned, support this proposed initiative and ask that you do everything in your power to ensure that the goals are reached.
[Your Name Here]
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