Target: Pranab Kumar Mukherjee, President of India
Goal: Protect the Sundarban mangroves from deforestation and industrial development
A recent report published by the Zoological Society of London has determined that the depletion of the Sundarban mangroves in the Bengali region of India could have dramatic consequences for global temperatures and natural protection from tidal waves and tsunamis in the Bay of Bengal. Action must be taken immediately to protect the region from human development and deforestation.
The Sundarban region is the largest section of continuous mangrove forest in the world and is home to roughly 500 species of fish, birds, mammals, reptiles, and the endangered Bengal Tiger. The loss of the Sundarbans would likely result in the extinction of these cats as it is only one of a few forests left capable of maintaining several hundred tigers.
Besides the obvious threat to animals in the region, mangroves are one of the world’s most important barriers against climate change. Not only do they provide protection from natural disasters in coastal areas, they are also the most carbon rich forests in the tropics and losing them could have serious consequences for our ability to manage and predict climate changes.
Around 15 million hectares of mangroves remain around the world and are being destroyed at a rate of 150,000 hectares (370,050 acres) every year. What does this mean for the world? Each year almost 225,000 metric tons of carbon sequestration potential, or the ability to remove carbon from the atmosphere, are lost.
Seeing that the world produces 30 million tons of carbon annually, a number increasing with each year, it is absolutely necessary for the Sundarbans to be preserved. Please sign the petition below to demand that these forests receive the protection they deserve. If their destruction continues, not only will a number of animal species become endangered or even extinct, we will also lose our best defense against climate change.
Dear President Mukherjee,
A recent study by the Zoological Society of London has shown that the persistent deterioration of the Sundarban mangroves in India and Bangladesh could have very serious consequences for global climate change and the regional ecology. As the largest continuous section of mangroves in the world, the Sundarbans are responsible for more carbon sequestration than any other ecosystem in the world. They are also home to over 500 species of animals, including the endangered Bengal Tiger.
We urge you to do whatever it takes to protect this region from development and deforestation so these animals can avoid extinction and the world can have a fighting chance at managing climate change.
[Your Name Here]
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