I hope this finds you well! I am writing to ask a favor, to see if you will take a small action on behalf of the planet today.
Over the past year our weather has become increasingly erratic and unstable largely as a result of the unregulated greenhouse gases that we dump into the atmosphere on a daily basis. The current scientific consensus is that global warming is real and it’s man-made and yet little to nothing is being done about it. This is, in large part, due to the fact that the subject, in this country, is taboo. We need to change that by putting a spotlight on this issue in the upcoming presidential debates. If you question the urgency of this, please check out the attached photo of the Artic, to see how much its ice pack has disappeared over a thirty-three year period.
I am working with the League of Conservation Voters, which has generated an online petition addressed to Jim Lehrer, asking that he bring up a question about climate change in the Presidential debate he is moderating on October 3. The goal is to get 50,000 signatures, at which point the petition will be presented to Jim in a personal meeting that the LCV will have with him. The petition can be accessed here:https://secure3.convio.net/lcv/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=913
The petition is a great idea and we hope you will support it by taking a moment to sign it, but wanting more information on how to get a suggested question to Jim directly, last week I called the McNeil Lehrer newsroom and spoke with a colleague of Jim’s who encouraged me to go to their website and email in a suggested question. He was happy to get my call and went on to tell me that they are only getting 20 or so suggestions a day. He told me that the whole staff reads the questions that come in at the end of every day, as does Jim.
Because this is such a low number and because they are actively soliciting questions, if we can get enough people writing in to ask that climate change be broached, we might have a real chance of shaping the debate and helping to see that this critically important topic is brought up.
To make it easier for folks to send an email and suggest a question, we have provided some sample questions below:
–Do you agree with over 90% of the world’s climate scientists that humans are at least CONTRIBUTING to global warming?
–How does the greenhouse effect work, and do you think that humans are interfering with its proper function?
–What does “350 parts per million” represent and what is the number of parts per million now?
–Is global warming and climate change significantly and negatively affected by human industrial and fossil fuel consumption activity and if so what is our Government’s Role and Responsibility in mediating a solution?
–What should America’s role be in controlling climate change and what would you do to advance it?
Could you take a moment from your busy day to hit a few keys on your keyboard and join us by signing the petition and then by sending in a question? Every voice counts. As JFK said, “Everyone can make a difference, and everyone should try.”
And if you feel called to take one extra step, please share this email with family and friends via your various social networks and thank you so very much for doing so!
All the best,
On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.
~ Arundhati Roy