A letter a day ...
... keeps climate change at bay? Probably not, but hopefully this is one new year's resolution I'll keep for the long haul.
Sunday, January 3, 2010 - 14:16
IN WRITING: The first letter to Senator Schumer. (Photo: Maddy Yozwiak)
I've never been great at new years resolutions. I end up forgetting them a week later, or at longest, they last a month before I return to my previous ways. But it's a new decade! So this year, I'm attempting to actually keep my new years resolution for the whole 365 days. (Well, technically 363. I started today.)
My goal is to hand-write one letter every day about climate change. To whom they're sent will vary — politicians, negotiators, bussiness leaders, authors, polar bears — and who knows if they'll actually be read. (Are polar bears even literate?) Hopefullly one person will be reminded that we care about the future of the planet. Since I've been feeling pretty hopeless after Flopenhagen, this is a way to do at least one thing a day. All in all, it'll only cost $146.52 in postage.
The first letter was to Senator Chuck Schumer, asking him to work toward a climate bill with science based cuts.
"After the disappointment in Copenhagen, I'd like to urge you to work for the passage of a strong climate bill in the Senate. We need reductions of 20 percent below 1990 levels. The current bill pledges 17 percent based on 2005 levels, which is only 3-4 percent on 1990 levels. The world is looking towards the U.S. to lead, and the youth of America are counting on you to do so."
I plan to post a blog each week with an update, to both make me accountable and perhaps give some interesting reading, so stay tuned. And if you think it's a pointless waste of trees (though I am using recycled paper), comments are always welcome.
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