Dear Future President of the United States,
I am writing to you today to bring to your attention this critical issue affecting everything and everyone. Global warming is creating irreversible damage to the Earth because of lack of knowledge and ignorance. While many Americans care deeply about global warming there still millions of people in the United States and all over the world who don’t understand the severity of the issue. This is because they either are not being taught about global warming or choose not to believe it is real. An example of the effects of global warming is the severe weather. While California is experiencing the worst drought in 1,200 year, other parts of the world are experiencing record flooding, such as Louisiana and Vietnam.
World temperatures are rising because of greenhouse gases. In 1881 the average temperature was 56.6 F; today the average temperature is 58.0 F. While 1.4 F may not seem like much, it enough to cause the polar caps to begin to melt. As a result sea levels have increased and according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration sea levels have increased 0.6 inches per decade since 1900.
More than one-quarter of Americans don’t believe that global warming is real. The two main reasons cited for not believing in climate change is first that they don’t see a change in the weather where they live. The second reason is that they believe that the Earth naturally has fluctuating weather and this in nothing special.
While the world began to discuss global warming in the late 1970’s, it has only recently been a serious topic of debate. Although global warming is world-wide problem, it is not too late to reverse the effects of a century damage to the environment. As President of the United States you viewed as the leader the free world. I ask that you use this influence and fix this issue for not only those are here now, but for generations that will come after.
Thank you for reading my letter.
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