Thank you for recently reinforcing that climate change and sea level rise is real -- and no joking matter.
Following our recent summer of extreme weather, a new report released by the University of Colorado's National Snow and Ice Data Center confirms the frightening trend of rapidly melting ice in the Arctic.
Predictions indicate the ice cap will shrink to a new record-breaking low -- and the record rise in temperature in the Arctic region could lead to changes in climate patterns that will affect the entire planet. We count on the Arctic ice cap to help regulate our global climate, as it reflects light and helps keep the ocean from overheating.
Still, your Department of Interior gave Shell approval to start work on their plans to drill in the Arctic, which further endangers the fragile ecosystem of the Arctic.
To make matters worse, the Greenland ice shelf is melting at increasing rates, causing sea levels to rise.
If we take climate change and rising sea levels seriously, we need to continue to invest in clean energy like solar, increase energy efficiency, and make reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. We will create more green jobs, more resilient cities, and a more robust economy as a result.
Thank you for continuing your commitment to action on sea level rise and climate change. We ask you and your administration to redouble your efforts.