Target: Mona Juul, President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council
Goal: Rapidly and liberally fund climate change protections for sinking island nations.
Without funding for coastal protections, small island nations will begin to disappear under the ocean in coming years. The Maldives is one of the countries most immediately under threat from rising sea levels and temperatures. In recent years, over 100 of its islands have reported increased erosion, 30 of them describing it as severe. With most of its land surface just a meter above sea level, the island country is desperate for funding to build coastal protections like dikes, dams, and especially sea walls. However, the Maldives can only afford to spend $10 million USD on these protections each year, while the country’s environment ministry argues that at least $8.8 billion is needed.
Access to the needed funds is restricted due to a lack of progress on behalf of island countries in the United Nations, as well as the difficulty and slow schedules associated with securing international aid and loans. If this isn’t changed soon, countries like the Maldives will be forced to turn to private banks, exposing themselves to predatory financial institutions and increased debt.
To stop this happening, and save the homes of millions of people, demand that the U.N. expand aid programs and streamline funding options for small threatened countries.
Dear Mrs. Juul,
Island countries the world are over are facing an ever-grimmer threat from climate change. With disrupted weather patterns, rising sea levels, and reduced access to funding, these countries are on the front lines of global climate change, and they will be its first casualties if action isn’t taken.
With admirable self-determination, the Maldives has made significant efforts to protect itself from the sea, but the funding available to the country for coastal protections doesn’t begin to touch the amount they need. Relief in gaining the necessary funds can come most immediately from organizations like yours, where governments should have every reason to expect dignity and assistance with minimal delay.
I urge you to streamline the process to assist nations like the Maldives, and to work with your partners in the U.N. and national governments to protect and aid those most in need of it, before they and their homes are lost forever.
[Your Name Here]
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