Target: John Kerry, Secretary of State
Goal: Promote a global agreement to reduce carbon emissions caused by the aviation industry
Aviation is responsible for carbon emissions that have a negative impact on the environment, contributing significantly to climate change and global dimming. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), aviation’s total impact on climate change is two to four times that of its direct carbon emissions alone, and is responsible for about 3.5% of climate change. Climate change is apparent in factors like rising temperatures, precipitation shifts, and extreme weather patterns, like heavy rainstorms and record high temperatures. The effects of climate change are serious, changing the composition of ecosystems, causing devastating forest fires, worsening air quality, impacting human health, and endangering our drinking water supply are just a few of these effects. Global dimming deceivingly masks some of the effects of global warming, polluting the air to the point that sunlight and rainfall is often blocked, and evaporation is reduced, effecting crop irrigation and causing cooler temperatures.
Although efforts have been made to decrease carbon emissions by aircraft, the increase in air traffic cancels out the positive effects of these efforts. Carbon emissions doubled between 1990 and 2004, due to a steady increase in air traffic. They are projected to nearly double once again as soon as 2030. In order to relieve the effects of carbon emissions, we need to commit to decreasing air traffic and implementing alternative fuels for aircraft.
Lawmakers are currently working on an international policy that would ensure that aviation’s carbon emissions would no longer go unchecked. Support this policy by encouraging Secretary of State John Kerry to advocate for cleaning up our skies at a meeting of the International Civil Aviation Organization.
Dear John Kerry,
Please promote the policy that will serve to reduce carbon emissions from aircraft. These harmful emissions are hurting our environment, significantly contributing to climate change. The effects are only getting worse, despite many aviation companies’ efforts to employ alternative fuels and other environmentally-friendly techniques due to the high amount of air traffic.
Something needs to be done on a global level to place governmental checks on aircraft carbon emissions. These harmful emissions are projected to double as soon as the year 2030. It is imperative that we find ways to reduce the negative effects of air travel, before it is too late. Use your position of authority and influence to advocate for this important cause.
[Your Name Here]
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