Save our wildlife
Oct 21, 2009 | 4336 views | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor:

Climate change poses an unprecedented threat to wildlife- changing, shrinking and destroying their habitats, forcing wildlife to migrate or adapt, or even threatening their very existence.

The Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change warns that if we don't take strong action to address global warming soon, 20-30% of the world's plant and animal species will be at increased risk of extinction by 2050.

Fortunately, there is something that can be done.

This summer, the House of Representatives passed legislation to both reduce emissions of the greenhouse gases that are triggering climate change and take steps to safeguard natural resources and wildlife threatened by the changes in climate already set in motion. Now the Senate is moving on similar legislation recently introduced by Senators Boxer and Kerry.

However, reducing carbon emissions is not enough. Any comprehensive climate and energy legislation must dedicate 5% of the funding generated to safeguarding fish and wildlife and the natural resources on which we all rely.

Our senators should know that their constituents expect nothing less.

Sincerely,

Erik Shearer

Bay Ridge

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