UCS Climate Hotmap

Urge the United States to Protect Our Oceans from Dangerous Global Warming

Global warming is already having tremendous impacts on oceans around the world resulting in dangerous sea level rise, changes in regional ocean temperatures and reflectivity of ocean surfaces, and higher acidity. Many of these ocean changes are already affecting some of the world's poorest people. We must act now to reduce dangerous heat-trapping emissions, and we must work together—on a global level.

Climate change is undermining years of development progress in the poorest countries. These vulnerable nations will bear the brunt of global warming impacts—including extreme weather events, increased threats to food and water security, desertification, and rising sea levels—and yet they have contributed the least to the problem and have few resources to deal with the magnitude or speed of the changes.

In 2010 the Green Climate Fund was created under the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)—an international treaty whose goal is to prevent dangerous global warming. Since 2011 countries have been working together on the details of the Fund, making sure it achieves its intended objectives of helping developing countries reduce their own global warming emissions and adapt to the inevitable effects of a changing climate, including dangerous sea level rise.

Please contact U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who oversees the United States' team of negotiators to the UNFCCC, and who promised the United States would provide its fair share of the $100 billion pledged to tackle climate change internationally.

As the largest emitter of heat-trapping gasses over the past decades, the United States must follow through on its commitment to reduce emissions at home and contribute its fair share to the Green Climate Fund.

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

Dear U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry,



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 its fair share of the $100 billion pledged to the Climate Green Fund to tackle climate change internationally.

Sincerely,
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