Target: Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader, United States
Goal: Expand protections for natural parks and sanctuaries that could counteract climate change.
A proposed increase in the number of national parks, marine sanctuaries, and other protected areas to at least one third of the planet by 2030 could forestall a sixth mass extinction event and combat global warming. This landmark new proposal from the United Nations, which is awaiting ratification by the United States, would expand protection and allow critically important vegetation and animal life to recover from the effects of human activity, partially undoing some of the extensive damage to the atmosphere.
The provision will be added to the 1992 Convention on Biological Diversity, already ratified by 190 sovereign states, and would drastically expand the 15% of land and 7% of ocean areas currently protected as nature reserves, according to the United Nations Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre. The United States has signed the treaty, but hasn’t ratified it, meaning that any provisions in it which do apply to the U.S. are present only in an insufficient, watered-down version.
As the largest producers of pollutants, emissions, and contaminants in the world, the United States has a duty to ratify this treaty and begin playing its part in the effort to save our planet. Sign the petition below to demand that the U.S. Senate take action and act on this crucial agreement.
Dear Senator McConnell,
The United Nations has taken the admirable and bold step of acting to expand Earth’s protected nature, but they can’t make any meaningful change without the participation of the United States. To avoid Earth’s sixth mass extinction event and help our atmosphere recover, it’s critical that you work to lead the Senate in ratifying the 1992 Convention on Biological Diversity.
If you do not take the necessary steps, you will have failed in your moral duty to exercise your power and judgement to protect future generations and the most vulnerable among us. I demand that you act now.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: U.S. National Parks Service