Resistbot Petition: One-Third of Pakistan is Under Water. POTUS Must Declare a Climate Emergency!
An open letter to the President

One-Third of Pakistan is Under Water. POTUS Must Declare a Climate Emergency!

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I’m writing to ask the President to declare a Climate Emergency under the National Emergencies Act. Months of devastating flooding in Pakistan have displaced 33 million people and killed over a thousand. Pakistan contributes less than 1% of the global carbon emissions. Along with other low-emitting nations and poor communities worldwide, Pakistan is bearing the brunt of the global climate crisis. Pakistan has declared a national climate emergency to address the flooding. It's time for the United States to follow suit! And it’s not just about climate justice, of course. Americans are suffering acutely from the global climate crisis too. Last month, a deluge of floodwater in Kentucky swept homes away, leaving local residents with nothing but the clothes on their backs. 39 Kentucky residents died from the flooding. It’s too late to prevent climate change related disasters — they’re already here. But it’s not too late to address the root causes. By stopping oil and gas drilling and investing heavily in renewable energy, the United States can back off the cliff of extreme weather events that are devastating communities and claiming lives. Declaring a national emergency will empower us to do just that. Once you declare a national climate emergency, you'll be able to invoke the National Emergencies Act to halt crude oil exports, limit oil and gas drilling in federal waters, and direct federal agencies to boost renewable-energy sources — all crucial actions if we want to stem the deadly tide of climate change.   The next deadly flash flood or wildfire could happen at any moment. The White House must act now. Thanks.

▶ First sent on August 31, 2022 by Jess Craven

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