Target: Chen Jining, Minister of Environmental Protection of the People’s Republic of China
Goal: Applaud removal of the giant panda’s “endangered” status.
The giant panda has recovered from the verge of extinction and is on its way to a more sustainable population. The International Union for Conservation of Nature, the organization responsible for monitoring threatened species, has announced that these precious creatures will be reclassified as “vulnerable.”
Saving the panda has been a pressing matter for conservationists for a long time, as evidenced by the ForceChange petitions found here and here. In their report, the IUCN concluded that panda populations are growing thanks to protection from the Chinese government’s efforts to re-grow forests and preserve their habitat.
The report added that wild panda numbers have increased by almost 17 percent and there are now approximately 2,000 animals living in the wild. In addition to their overall population, pandas have also increased their geographic range by 12 percent in the past decade.
This encouraging report proves that conservation efforts are working. Sign the petition below to applaud the Chinese government for its dedication to saving these animals.
Dear Mr. Chen,
I am writing to commend your entire nation for its efforts to save the giant panda. Once considered endangered, these animals are recovering at an encouraging rate thanks to conservationist efforts such as re-growing forests and preserving their habitat. The pandas have also increased their range, another sign that the health of their species is improving.
These victories could not have been possible without a concentrated effort from your department. I offer you my sincerest thanks, and I urge you to continue your impressive protection of these valuable animals. The giant panda still has a long road to recovery, but I trust your department to ensure its survival.
[Your Name Here]
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