Target: Erik Solheim, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme
Goal: Take action to lower dramatically rising global temperatures.
A recent report indicates global temperatures have risen to a level level not seen for 115,000 years. Measures to counteract the heightened temperature are expected to cost hundreds of trillions of dollars, and this troubling pattern must be stopped.
A panel of 12 experts reported that the temperature for 2016 is expected to be 1.25 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times. This statistic also serves as confirmation of a global warming trend that has seen the globe’s temperature increase at a rate 0.18C per decade since the 1970s.
Such high temperatures have not been seen since Eemian period, an interglacial era that ended 115,000 years ago. During this period, the planet had much less ice and sea levels were 20-30 feet higher.
As per usual, scientists blame climate change on man-made factors. Pollution, deforestation, and the burning of fossil fuels have all contributed to rising temperatures. In order to reduce emissions to a sustainable level, CO2 extraction efforts are expected to cost between $104 trillion and $570 trillion, a staggering sum for a process that is not guaranteed to work.
These higher temperatures, along with the steep cost to repair them, demand immediate action. Sign the petition below and urge the United Nations’ Envrionmental Programme to devise a solution to this global crisis.
Dear Mr. Solheim,
I am writing to call your attention to an extremely troubling report claiming that global temperatures are continuing to rise. The new findings show that temperatures have increased an average of 0.18C per decade since the 1970s, and current temperatures are higher than they’ve been in 115,000 years.
Such high temperatures are simply unsustainable. Our planet will not survive unless a coordinated global effort is made to eliminate factors that cause climate change such as pollution and carbon emissions. Your department is uniquely situated to enact such change, and I urge you to address this troubling trend before it is too late.
[Your Name Here]
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