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A Letter You Can Send
Help stop climate chaos!

Forget about making poverty history. Climate change will make poverty permanent.
-Nazmul Chowdhury, Practical Action, Bangladesh, 2009

Climate change hurts the world’s poorest most. They are most vulnerable to droughts, floods, and hurricanes. They are least able to escape as sea levels threaten their homes and livelihoods.

There is no proof that any one specific climate disaster is caused by global warming, but climate change makes events like the drought in the Horn of Africa and the recent floods in Pakistan more frequent and severe.

At the UN talks held recently in New York, Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga pointed out that preparation and adaptation for climate change must be a central theme in future strategies and discussions of the crisis.

We can make a difference! Millions of lives and the earth hang in the balance.

America can be a leader by making a firm commitment to combat global climate change!

It's easy to send a letter today! (See below.) You can also spread the word!

Here are versions in Microsoft Word that you can download and edit if you like:

Write Your Congressperson!

Write your Senator!

Write President Obama! If you have trouble with this link, his address is:
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20500

…and feel free to use the following letter as a model. Politicians consider handwritten letters more effective, since that shows you think this issue is worth even more of your time:

Your Name
Your Street Address, Apt. Number (if any)
City, State, Zip Code
(optional) Your Phone Number

(Today's Date)

The Honorable ____(Full name of Your Representative or Senator)
Washington, DC (zip code)
(Office addresses, telephone and fax numbers, and other contact information for your representatives can be found here: http://www.contactingthecongress.org/)

Dear Representative (or President or Senator) ___ (add their full name),

Climate change hurts the world’s poor the most.

Effects on the poor
While there is no proof that any one specific climate disaster is caused by global warming, climate change makes events such as the drought in the Horn of Africa and the recent floods in Pakistan more frequent and severe.

Climate disruption threatens homes, lives and livelihoods. It can also cause famines. In Kenya and the Horn of Africa, where 750,000 people could die of starvation by December.

Richer countries have contributed most to climate change, but it is the poor who are most adversely hurt by it. Hence, the onus is on us to do something about it.

What you can do
Our nation can be a leader with a firm commitment to combat climate change and global poverty. We can:

1. Support legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at least 50 percent by 2050. Current emission cuts are not enough.

2. Provide additional aid for food security programs in developing countries most vulnerable to climate change.

3. Fund research projects focusing on preventing and reducing the damage from climate change on vulnerable people.

Climate change is an important part of the war against poverty.

Please let me know what you are doing about these urgent reforms.

Thank you.

(your signature)

(your type-written name)

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