Following on from my post the other day trying to do my little bit to promote:
the Forward On Climate rally in Washington DC on 17Feb2013…
Stepping Towards Sustainable Solutions pointed me to:
an open letter to the President Of The United States (POTUS) calling for bold climate action…
Friend Nature pointed me to:
the Sierra Club Foundation’s form letter which offers the facility to send POTUS your own personalised message. (Note: The form requires entry of a zip code and matching State, so if, like me, you don’t have either, I suggest using ‘12345’ as the zip and ‘NY’ as the state — because it works, and otherwise I will have wasted your time…)
Below, I’ve included the letter I wrote. It’s All Mi Own Werk©®pat. pend™, but, please, feel free to steal any of the words; you can even use them in the same order, if you think that will help…
Dear Mr President,
I am a British Citizen living in the UK, so it can be argued that US politics is none of my concern. But I am also a resident of the Earth, and I do not wish to see the planet that is my home become a wasteland.
A while ago, I vowed never to fly again — a measure to reduce my own carbon footprint — yet, even so, I am considering flying to be in Washington DC on 17Feb2013 to attend the Forward on Climate rally. The reason I would risk being accused of hypocrisy by doing so is that I view this event as a last gasp effort to get action to stop the insanity.
It may well already be too late; recent reports now coming in reveal the disastrous manner in which we have underestimated how badly our activities are damaging the biosphere, the only home to life we know. Tipping points are being passed that, for all our technological wizardry, for all our smarts, we will be powerless to tackle — making all talk of ‘adaptation’ moot.
As the rock group ‘Yes’ says: “Without hope, you cannot start the day”. Though I know you are concerned about the state of the economy, there is no surer way to ensure its complete downfall than if the people have no reason to get out of bed in the morning because they can only see a future that is bleak, barren, and dead.
We humans, rightly or wrongly, have assumed the mantle of stewardship of this planet Earth. I urge you, please, Mr President, to take strong action, now, to protect our planet. Nobody else can do it. Other nations will follow your lead; but you must lead.
I thank you for listening.