Target: Erik Solheim, Executive Director, United Nations Environmental Programme
Goal: Prevent further destruction of the Alaska Highway due to the thawing of permafrost under the road.
A stretch of highway in the Yukon wilderness is threatened due to global warming. Rising temperatures have begun to thaw Alaska’s permafrost, leading to devastating damage along the Alaska Highway.
Running through forests and along mountains, the 1,387-mile highway has long been considered one of the most beautiful in the country. Recently, however, drivers have been re-routed and forced to avoid stretches of the road as bumps, cracks, and gashes have sprung up in multiple spots. Experts are convinced of the problem–permafrost, which is sheets of sediment and ice just beneath the Earth’s surface, has begun to thaw due to global warming.
This is yet another sign that climate change is not only real, but is already having significant impacts on our planet. This is only the beginning, and things will surely get worse if a concentrated effort is not made to save the environment. Sign the petition below and demand action before this beautiful highway is lost forever.
Dear Mr. Solheim,
I am writing to call your attention to the recent destruction of the Alaska Highway. This expansive highway has recently begun to crack and fissure as the permafrost upon which it is built begins to melt.
This damage is yet another sign of global warming, and serves as further proof of the seriousness of this crisis. I urge you to make a concentrated effort to enact meaningful change before more serious destruction occurs.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Nader Moussa