Target: Erik Solheim, Executive Director, United Nations Environmental Programme
Goal: Prevent further ice loss in Greenland.
A recent satellite study has concluded that ice is melting at an alarmingly fast rate in Greenland. The study confirms a recent trend of ice loss, and if this pattern is unchecked, it could have serious global ramifications.
Using information collected from the satellite analysis, scientists estimate that Greenland’s ice sheet lost 1 trillion tons of ice from 2011 to 2014. Even more troubling is the fact that most of the loss came from only five glaciers, which could have disastrous environmental impacts.
Unfortunately, this information is not a revelation. For years, research has shown a massive decline. Greenland has lost at least 9 trillion tons of ice in the past century, with the rate of loss increasing in recent years. Climate scientists warn that such intense loss contributes directly to rising sea levels, as approximately 10 percent of all documented sea level rise since the 1990’s has been caused by Greenland.
Ice loss in Greenland is a serious matter for both local and global populations. Sign the petition below and urge a cooperative effort to address this issue.
Dear Mr. Solheim,
I am writing to express my serious concern about ice loss in Greenland. Results from a recent satellite study indicate that Greenland’s ice sheet lost 1 trillion tons of ice from 2011 to 2014, and has lost at least 9 trillion tons in the past century. This kind of loss is unsustainable and dangerous: scientists suggest that approximately 10 percent of all documented sea-level rise is caused by Greenland.
As this problem has global repercussions, a solution will require a cooperative global effort. Your organization is uniquely positioned to address this crisis, and I urge you to act quickly to address this matter.
[Your Name Here]
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