Target: Gina McCarthy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator
Goal: Design and implement a plan to reverse carbon dioxide poisoning in the oceans
Millions of individuals who live in towns and villages on the coast depend on the oceans to feed themselves. There is a huge variety of aquatic life that thrives in the ocean, including plants and fish and other marine animals. Or at least, there was.
Due to carbon dioxide poisoning from factories, power plants, and cars, the chemistry of the oceans is changing. Over the next few decades, the level of carbon dioxide is projected to rise, making once fertile parts of the oceans uninhabitable. Carbon dioxide is bad enough on its own, but once it hits water, it becomes acidic enough that it can break down the shells of certain animals.
This is not a localized problem. While certain species or areas are being hit hard now, scientists predict that the problem will be much more widespread for future generations. We have to act now and get a handle on our carbon dioxide output, not just locally but globally.
Everyone needs to pitch in. If we do not act now, the damage will be permanent. Whether we live near the water or inland, whether we eat sea creatures or not, it is important that we take decisive action to reverse this problem immediately. Speak up for the sea. Demand the United States Environmental Protection Agency be a leader in initiating these changes.
Dear Gina McCarthy,
The oceans are in danger. Not just the ocean, but all of the fish, sea creatures, and living plants in the water, too. Why? The answer is simple: carbon dioxide levels are rapidly rising. Millions of people rely on healthy oceans to feed themselves and their families, in addition to providing economic stability in coastal communities.
As the administrator of the United States Evironmental Protection Agency, saving the world’s oceans should be your top priority. While we are already beginning to feel the effect of this tragic situation, the real impact will be felt by future generations. Unfortunately, future generations are not able to voice their opinions about this issue.
That is why people like you need to speak up. By no means is this problem solely the burden of the United States, but the United States needs to be a leader when it comes to designing and implementing a plan to reverse the damage we are continuing to do to the oceans.
We need to act immediately. Every day we delay, more permanent destruction is done to the world’s oceans. There are plenty of important environmental issues, of course, but the truth is that we simply cannot afford any delay on this one. The damage we can observe today will be much worse in the near future.
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