UCS Climate Hotmap

Urge U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Address the Impact of Global Warming on People

Global warming is already having tremendous impacts on people around the world threatening public health, our food and water supplies, and our economy—and these impacts will only worsen if we do nothing. We must act now to reduce dangerous heat-trapping emissions, and we must work together—on a global level.

In 1992, countries from around the world, including the United States, signed the United Nation's Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)—an international treaty whose goal is to prevent dangerous global warming. Five years later, the Kyoto Protocol strengthened the treaty by setting legally binding targets and timelines for reducing global warming emissions from developed nations. It also created a modest fund to help developing countries cope with the effects of climate change. The Kyoto Protocol has been ratified by 191 countries, including all industrialized countries—except the United States.

The Kyoto Protocol’s first round of global warming emission reductions expire in 2012, thus requiring a new framework for deeper emission reductions be established—and this time the United States needs to be involved. At a major UNFCCC meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2009, major developed and developing nations agreed for the first time to reduce their emissions and to make public their reduction goals.

The United States pledged to reduce emissions in the range of 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020. In addition, the United States announced plans to work with other countries to raise $100 billion a year by 2020 to help developing countries deal with the impacts of climate change.

Please contact U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who oversees the United States’ team of negotiators to the climate treaty. As the largest emitter of heat-trapping gasses among developed nations, the United States must follow through on its commitments to reduce emissions at home and contribute our fair share to the $100 billion promised to help developing nations address the challenge of climate change.

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Please send this message to the U.S. Department of State

Dear Secretary Clinton,

I am writing today to urge you to follow through on the two commitments the United States made at the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Copenhagen in 2009: (1) to reduce U.S. heat-trapping emissions by 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020, and (2) to invest our fair share of $100 billion a year by 2020 to assist developing countries in confronting climate change through clean technology development, adaptation, and forest protection.

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