Friday, November 14, 2008

Obama, Won't You Go to Poland?

The global warming cycle:

The degree to which we consume and the harmful substances that we devour--> Erratic and often destructive weather--> Our homes & ecosystems ravaged--> Reconstruction of our lives--> Further negative impact on our environment.
(Stranded polar bear due to melting polar ice caps.)

We need to change the erraticism. We need to reverse the devastation that our overconsumption has caused. Although, complete reversal is implausible, it doesn't need to be all or nothing.

As a country, we still are not taking the steps necessary for reversal. We are one of the few countries that have yet to ratify the Kyoto Protocol (signed only= not legally bound), an international environmental treaty that legally binds the signatories to reduce their consumption of 6 greenhouse gases. We need to join the international community in fighting global warming.

(Green= signed & ratified; Puke green= signed, ratification pending;
Red= signed & declined ratification; Grey= declined both)

Here's our chance:

The United Nations global warming treaty negotiation, a climate talk that's goal is to reduce global warming 25-40% below 1990 levels by 2020 and 80% by 2050, is occurring this coming December in Poznan, Poland. We need President-elect Obama to attend these negotiations, so that America can progress into a country that is compassionate about the world we live in.

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