Target: Members of the Russian Parliament
Goal: Commend Russian Parliament members for protecting Russian waters from future oil spills
During the Earth Hour “I Will If You Will” campaign earlier this year, World Wildlife Fund [WWF] Russia urged citizens to use their voices to motivate parliament to pass a law that would protect the country’s seas from oil pollution. After several years of development, the sea protection law is a celebratory accomplishment for WWF Russia that was able to gather over 120,000 thousand signatures. Applaud Russian Parliament members for passing a long-awaited law to protect the country’s seas from oil spills that spell disaster for marine life.
Due to the 2007 astronomical oil spill that occurred in Southern Russia in Kerchensky strait, an idea was spurred by WWF Russia to develop guidelines on forming a new law that would protect Russian seas from future oil spills. The concept was then pushed along after proposing the idea to several government bodies in hopes of successfully manifesting it.
The WWF’s initiative was accepted by the Russian State Duma in 2010, where a group of ecologists collaborated with an environmental committee to produce the first draft of the new law. In the following year, a similar law was organized by the Ministry of Natural Resources but was unfortunately missing an entire row of important issues that needed to be addressed. WWF Russia saw the 2012 Earth Hour campaign as an opportunity to gather citizen support in order to establish a full version of the sea protection law.
In reaction to the 120,000 thousand signatures gathered, a second hearing was agreed upon to include the important environmental criteria that was excluded in the previous draft. The newest version establishes conditions that broaden responsibilities on the prevention of oil spills and calls for volunteers, in the event of a spill, to help restore the shore and wildlife back to its natural state. Commend the members of the Russian Parliament for passing the law, intended to protect Russian seas from future oil spills.
Dear Members of the Russian Parliament,
Oil spills can cause catastrophic devastation to species’ habitats with harmful effects lingering for months and even years. Through the persistence of World Wildlife Fund Russia, in collaboration with you and various organizations, this new law will serve to protect your country’s seas and the marine life living in Russian waters.
By passing this law, you are taking an important initiative to ensure that operating companies conduct their activities responsibly. The law also establishes crucial conditions for the transportation and extraction of hydrocarbons on the continental shelf and Russian territorial seas. Your dedication and support have allowed the passing of this law, and I commend your efforts to protect Russian waters from future oil spills.
[Your Name Here]
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