Target: Ivanka Trump, daughter of President-elect Donald Trump
Goal: Be an advocate for climate action in the Trump administration.
Donald Trump’s children – noted by Hilary Clinton as the one attribute that she could admire in her opponent – outshine him in some ways. Eloquence is one of them. Reason just might be another. In Ivanka Trump’s speech at the Republican National Convention, she spoke charmingly about the need for equal pay and support for working mothers, though Trump himself had not made those issues part of his platform. Now, according to an anonymous source, Ivanka is planning to make climate change one of her “signature issues.”
Our President-elect has called climate change a hoax and made vague promises to revitalize the coal industry. Trump’s cabinet appointments share equally unsettling stances on environmental policy – however, Ivanka apparently disagrees. Activists, media outlets, and artists have put out public pleas to Ivanka to be the voice of reason in this new administration. Annie Karni from Politico writes that, “If she can pull it off, her advocacy could come as a bit of solace to fearful Americans.”
Ivanka Trump now holds a particularly interesting and unique position in the political sphere – she may be the first ever “first daughter,” surpassing the first lady in influence. Ivanka remains in relatively good standing in elite liberal circles, though it’s clear to observers that she has the ear of the President-elect, and will certainly influence her father in what is shaping up to be a bizarre republican administration. If she is indeed serious about combatting climate change, her influence could be hugely important for the future of our planet. Sign our petition to Ivanka Trump, urging her to be the voice of reason on climate change.
Dear Ms. Trump,
I am writing on behalf of our planet with a hopeful request. Sources have reason to believe that you intend to make climate change a signature issue in your newly influential position as “first daughter.” Assuming there is some truth to this, I would like to urge you to be a loud and determined voice for this cause.
President-elect Trump’s statements on climate change have been disheartening, to say the least. His campaign promises to back out of the Paris Agreement and resuscitate the coal industry, along with his semi-incoherent denials of climate science make him one of the least climate-forward leaders on the planet. And indeed, if there is any truth to his statements, his policies as president could put the U.S. back decades on climate and environmental issues. Your stance on climate change could well be unique in this administration, and that makes you a ray of hope for millions of Americans.
In 2009, you and your siblings signed an ad in the New York Times urging Congress and the Obama administration to take urgent climate action. Your father will soon be in the position that Obama was in then, and your influence will be far greater than a signature on a New York Times ad. This is a crucial moment, and I beseech you to stand strong on issues affecting our planet.
[Your Name Here]
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