Gov Inslee & Climate Workgroup: Give Us A Climate Plan We Can Live With
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Make our climate plan match climate science to protect my generation. Write a Washington climate plan that does two things:
1) cut carbon pollution 6% every year starting today and
2) reforest 1 Billion trees by 2020 to catch carbon from the sky.
We children hope to live until 2100. Those targets protect us from dangerous climate change and give us all our future back.
#1) Cut 6% each year. Instead of 36% by 2020, your plan only aims for 8% total. If you do that, when I graduate high school we'll need 15% reductions every year instead of only 6%. Even so, it will get hotter and might not be fast enough to stop Earth from cooking itself while I'm alive unless you move the targets today. By 2035 we need to be carbon neutral.
#2) Start Washington's Billion Tree Campaign with us. If every person in Washington plants 150 trees by 2020, that's 1 Billion trees, our fair share of the worldwide goal, 1,000 Billion trees!
Only 150 trees per person? All of us investing in Washington's carbon banks? Protecting our old growth? We can do that! Replant forests in the Philippines and poor tropical countries where the rainforests grow year round to cool us down faster here and abroad.
Children in Plant-For-The-Planet are already counting trees. We need you to make Washington's Billion Tree Campaign great for the world.
My name is Zoe and I'm 12 years old. Thank you for hearing what we have to say. We children are not old enough to vote, but we are the future generation, and we will spend our lifetimes trying to cope with a changing climate, even if you do take big action today.
"Assessing Dangerous Climate Change: Required Reduction of Carbon Emissions to Protect Young People, Future Generations, and Nature" proves that for us to keep the planet closer to 1.1 degrees Celsius, Earth needs 6% each year carbon emission reduction and 100 Gigatons of carbon absorbed back into the ground and forests, which might stabilize climate near 2100.
We know that 2 degree Celsius will cause huge natural disasters. When 1 degree warming is a "safe" goal and still possible, why is 2 degrees the goal? That makes no sense. Why write laws to make Typhoon Haiyan twice as big?
Martin Luther King Jr said, "In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late... Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words, "Too late."" I'm afraid your plan sets targets too late for your own children and grandchildren.
Imagine climate change is the bomb in Star Trek or the Avengers. The bomb is set to explode in 1 hour, so the heroes come up with a plan to disarm the bomb in 2 hours, not 1. This is what we're doing right now.
Today you have a chance to be real heroes and write world history for good. We need you to start today!
Sign our petition today and include your age. Tell our Governor and CLEW: Please be a climate hero, remembered by future generations. Put us on track to stop the climate crisis.
The first batch of 323 signatures was submitted to the Governor's Climate Workgroup on Dec. 15th at 5pm. Sign and share this petition now to support strong emission cuts and the Billion Tree Campaign for Washington State and Plant-For-The-Planet. Let's see how many we can collect.
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