2 degrees Celsius – that's how much our global temperature has risen in the last century. The main culprit? Emissions and pollution.
That's why changing light bulbs and recycling alone won't save us. To reverse climate change, we need bigger, broader, and long-lasting action – the kind that comes only from international agreements.
This December, delegates from around the world are meeting in Copenhagen to figure out a climate treaty that will address this exact challenge. Their goal: to get all countries, industrialized and developing, to dramatically reduce emissions and greenhouse gases by 2020.
But if the U.S. doesn't lead the process, the treaty will fall flat. Please sign our petition and urge President Obama to support and sign a robust international climate treaty. It's the only way we can stop climate change in its tracks.
- President of the United States
2009 is a crucial year in the international effort to address climate change, culminating in the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, December 7-18. But to stop the dire effects of global warming, the United States must provide leadership by supporting and ratifying a robust international climate treaty.
At the international climate treaty negotiations this December, delegates from around the world must address the challenges of how to get all countries, industrialized and developing, to dramatically reduce emissions and greenhouse gases by 2020. The climate solutions that emerge from such negotiations must be based on equity between rich and poor nations and the best available science.
The Kyoto Protocol, which went into force in February 2005, created the foundation of a vigorous international system to regulate human behaviors harmful to the planet. Yet while the U.S. -- the world's largest polluter -- was a signatory to the Kyoto Protocol, this action became merely symbolic when the U.S. withdrew from negotiations and failed to ratify the protocol.
That is why we need strong and resolute leadership from the U.S. this year. The world needs a new, more effective and far-reaching climate change agreement to reduce greenhouse gases by 2020. But if the U.S. does not lead the process, the treaty will fall flat.
Without your leadership in this year's international climate treaty negotiations, we risk more extreme weather events, glacial melting, acidification of the oceans, and an irreversible shift in the global climate system. We urge you to support and ratify a robust international climate treaty this year.
United Nations Foundation started this petition with a single signature, and now has 6,050 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.