- World Leaders
"Our Climate, Our Future" Youth Petition to World Leaders
This is our opportunity, as the youngest generation of the world, to be heard by world leaders at the 20th Anniversary of the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development in June 2012. It’s our chance to let world leaders know that our FUTURE MATTERS and to compel them to make decisions that will protect our planet and its resources for the youngest and future generations. Together, with Earth Day Network, TckTckTck and other partners, iMatter is asking you to sign this petition to make sure your voice heard.
At the UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, twenty years ago, a 13-year-old girl named Severn Suzuki made this statement that brought the world leaders to tears. And yet, in the twenty years since then...during our entire lives... nothing has changed. In fact, the planet is even worse off, and in more need than ever.
We have been relying on fossil fuels for over a century and now is the time to change. For every year that we wait, for every hour that we stall, the future and the survival of the youngest generation--and that of generations to come—is jeopardized. Please add your name to this petition and invite your friends to do the same.
Let us be the generation that fought back. Visit www.iMatter-Movement.org to find out more.
- World Leaders
Dear World Leaders:
We, the youngest generation, raise our voices in unity with Earth Day Network’s “Global Energy Petition.” Our generation has been, and will be, the most affected by the impacts of climate change. Yet, without the ability to vote, and without the money to pay powerful lobbyists in Congress, we lack the influence required to make our future a priority to lawmakers. This petition allows our voice to count.
We demand the following:
a. A safe future-- We demand that our governments adopt renewable energy and energy efficiency targets that will reduce global carbon emissions.
b. Equitable distribution of energy-- We demand that all people, in all regions, have access to renewable energy and energy efficiency technology.
c. An end to subsidy money for fossil fuel corporations-- Oil and coal companies are among the richest corporations on the planet, richer than certain countries combined. They do NOT need government money and it makes it unfair for solar and wind and other renewable energy companies to compete.
The window for action is narrowing while the impacts of a changing climate are only intensifying. We, the youth, hereby call upon you, our world leaders, to “lead as if our future matters” by setting us on the path to sustainability, a path built by green jobs, and a path filled with clean air, clean water, and intact ecosystems for generations to come. We have been relying on fossil fuels for over a century and now is the time to change.
For every year that we wait, for every hour that we stall, the future and survival of the youngest generation--and that of generations to come—is jeopardized. Now is not the time for incremental action. At this defining juncture in human history, we ask you--our world leaders—to commit to providing the security and opportunity for our generation that you were given by your predecessors.
We call on you to accept the responsibility you have to protect the people you lead and the planet we share.
The youngest generation who represents your children and grandchildren
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