Dear President Obama,
We are moms, dads, grandparents, uncles, aunts, every day people, from all walks and corners of this great country and beyond. We are doing the best we can to make the world as safe a place as we can for our children to grow up in. But we see clearly that we are at a crossroads, we are concerned and scared and see that the path we need to take is steep and long, and we will need YOUR help to traverse it. Don’t allow supestorms, droughts, floods, fires, heat waves and sea level rise to define our future, overwhelm our economy and be our legacy. WE must move FOREWARD ON CLIMATE and we must do so now, together.
You told us that this path “towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition; we must lead it.” We believe you, we are with you and we need you to lead us. We, like you, are connecting the dots and realizing that the extreme weather we have been feeling, smelling, breathing, and living through is climate change and our new reality.
For too long the “emperor has worn no clothes” and we can see that clearly now. Ignorance is no excuse, and we are no longer ignorant nor do we have our eyes closed to the connections between our actions, extreme weather and our changing climate. We cannot nor can you deny the reality that is in front of us and which scientists the world over have made clear to us – the connection between our use and burning of fossil fuels, and our changing climate. Science is clearly showing us, and our natural world is screaming at us in pain: “climate change is real, its now, its happening, and humans are in large part, to blame”.
Our world is changing at an unprecedented pace and moving towards a dangerous precipice – faster and in more unimaginable ways then was thought possible even as recently as when you were first elected. The seas are rising higher and higher, and the planet is not able to heal. We need you to step up and embrace your legacy as the CLIMATE FORWARD president. We are scared but we know that we need to be bold and brave as we move forward to a new, renewable future for our children. This urgency and the actions that are required, mean that we need to have your help and your support.
We need a massive shift away from fossil fuels to a clean, renewable energy future. We need this for the health of our children for their future and for the health and future of our country and our planet. We know that such huge change will present immense challenges, but that it will also offer incredible opportunities for us all. An ALL OF THE ABOVE energy policy is not a viable option for the health of our children or our planet.
As we send our children out the door to school every morning and when we tuck them into bed each night, we regularly remind them to “make good and wise choices.” When they are grown and no longer under our roof, we hope and pray that they will continue to do so. President Obama we need you to be bold, brave and strong, and MOVE FORWARD ON CLIMATE. This means that you have to make good and wise choices. Continuing to indiscriminately burn more and more fossil fuels is neither a good nor a wise choice.
We, the human species have now for the first time in the history of our planet, become the most powerful climate forcing agent on the planet. As we bear witness to the reality of climate change, for it is here and now, we also must acknowledge our responsibility. As Voltaire said and as repeated wisely by Peter Parker’s Uncle: “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility”. It’s time for us all, including and especially you, to step up to the plate and accept our responsibility!
On behalf of our community of Climate Mamas and Papas across our country and beyond, we are asking you to stand with us and STAND UP for us and say NO to THE KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE. One step at a time, one foot in front of the other, let us all traverse this steep and long path that is before us, together.