Thousands of delegates have gathered in Montreal for the UN Conference on Climate Change, the largest climate change conference in history and the first meeting of the parties of the Kyoto Protocol. But the United States, which is responsible for about a quarter of the world's total emissions of greenhouse gases, has refused to ratify the Kyoto Protocol or take any meaningful action to stop global climate change.
The threats posed to our planet by global warming are terrifying. Over the next few decades, we can expect rising global temperatures, intensified hurricanes, an increase in floods, droughts, and wildfires, heat waves, the spread of infectious diseases, and species extinction. Plants will have to shift hundreds of miles away from the equator to adapt to rising temperatures. This will wreak havoc on rainforest ecosystems, which are already under pressure from increasing wildfires and severe weather.
Please join Global Exchange and the Climate Crisis Coalition’s efforts to urge the US government to join the rest of the world in ratifying the Kyoto Protocol as a first step toward a commitment to change. Here’s what you can do:
*SEND A FAX to President Bush telling him to stop climate change – it’s now or never. Go to
*CALL Your Representative and Senators and urge them to push for US ratification of the Kyoto Protocol. Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121.
*PARTICIPATE in the Dec. 3 worldwide day of action on climate change. Planned protests are listed at
*READ activist reports on the UN Climate Change Conference in Montreal at
*SIGN the People’s Ratification of the Kyoto Global Warming Treaty at
Global Exchange is proud to have co-sponsored an international youth summit on climate change that was held in Montreal last weekend as well as several youth events that are planned during the UN Conference, including a “Save Hockey, Stop Climate Change” hockey game (see
http://www.savehockey.ca ). For the good of our country, the planet, and future generations, we must all act to stop climate change.
Thanks as always for your hard work on behalf of peace and justice,
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