We Must Act NOW on Climate Change
Dear Member of Congress,
For a number of decades we have known that climate change is a real threat based on the scientific evidence and growing consensus of over 97% of climate scientists. Yet, nothing significant has been accomplished by our federal government to take action on climate change. Recently, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C, a dire warning of the rapidly approaching dangers of climate change.
The IPCC report illuminates what we can see happening for ourselves: increasing natural disasters and devastating storms, deepening agricultural impacts, growing health consequences and heavy economic impacts all due to our greenhouse gas emissions into the earth’s atmosphere. However, this time, the report suggests a much closer timeline than ever before. We must make significant changes to substantially lower greenhouse gas emissions in the next decade. The consequences could be dire if we don’t act immediately.
Many of us wonder, “What will the future be for our children and grandchildren if we don’t do anything?” Our grandchildren, future generations and all life are depending on the choices we make now.
As an elder, I am writing to ask you to take action immediately before the consequences of climate change become such that life here in the US will be uninhabitable in some areas. I urge you to recognize that climate change poses a threat to the health of our citizens, our economic growth, our reputation as a world leader and our national security. Please work to engage with fellow elected officials at a Local, State and Federal level to support climate legislation and regulatory policies to avoid the potentially devastating social, economic, and national security impacts of climate change. Such legislation can support economic growth by stimulating technological innovation, development of a more resilient infrastructure and increasing domestic employment.
For your grandchildren and future generations,