Target: John Kerry, Secretary of State
Goal: Applaud the adoption of an agreement phasing out extremely environmentally hazardous greenhouse gasses.
In a victory in the global fight against climate change, 170 countries have agreed to phase out the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), greenhouse gasses which are up to 10,000 times more potent than carbon dioxide. HFCs are used in refrigerators and air conditioners, and began to be used as substitutes for ozone depleting chemicals. The agreement, the product of four days of negotiations in Kigali, Rwanda, mandates countries phase out HFC use according to their level of industrialization and income, with high income countries eliminating the chemicals first. Given that most of the air conditioner and refrigerator markets are in high income countries, this means that this agreement will likely have a significant impact as it begins to go into effect.
This agreement is the product of the hard work of thousands of people including officials from 170 countries, climate and environmental activists, and a number of organizations concerned with the threat of global climate change. It would not have been possible without political pressure from a number of organizations and petitions such as these on ForceChange. Sign our petition and applaud this victory in the fight against climate change, and push for more aggressive action to combat greenhouse gas emissions.
Dear Secretary Kerry,
I am writing to congratulate you and your team on your work in Kigali securing an agreement to phase out HFCs. I believe that this is a significant victory in the global attempts to mitigate climate change and reduce emissions of greenhouse gasses.
However, the timeline set out by this agreement delays action until 2019. Considering the scientific consensus on the need for immediate reductions in greenhouse gasses to prevent catastrophic climate change, this timeline may be insufficiently ambitious. I urge you to do everything in your power to ensure that the United States does not merely meet the targets set out by the Kigali Agreement, but exceeds them.
[Your Name here]
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