Our climate is changing.

Natural cycles of warming and cooling have occurred before in the Earth’s distant past; however, the rate and magnitude of recent climate change goes way beyond any natural variability. According to an overwhelming body of scientific evidence, anthropogenic (i.e. human-caused) greenhouse gas emissions are the primary driver behind most of the global warming observed over the past 50 years.

Greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide, act like a blanket in our atmosphere, trapping heat from solar energy that would otherwise be reflected back into space. This phenomenon, known as the greenhouse effect, occurs naturally and is essential for life on Earth.

Since the Industrial Revolution began, human activities have exponentially augmented and destabilized the natural greenhouse effect. Through the burning of fossil fuels and changes in land use in particular, humans have released billions of tons of heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere, causing the Earth to warm at an unprecedented rate.

Over the last century, the world’s average surface temperature has risen by more than 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit, with the past 10 years being the warmest ever recorded. Now, 1.5 degrees may not seem like that big of a deal. Well, small shifts in average global temperature, even by just half a degree, can quickly translate to massive and potentially catastrophic changes to major weather and climate systems.

Rises in ocean acidity, sea levels, and ocean temperatures are all linked to the higher concentrations of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere due to human activity. The changing global climate is also responsible for the mass melting of polar glaciers and sea ice, the shifting wind and precipitation patterns, and the increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather events.

Our climate will only continue to change; that is a fact. The scope and magnitude of these future changes, however, depends entirely upon the choices we make today.


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Dear Representative,

Over the last century, the world’s average surface temperature has risen by over 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Our changing global climate is responsible for the melting of polar glaciers and sea ice, as well as intense weather events. I am writing to you as a supporter of legislation that will defend our blue planet against climate change. It is critical to limit the effects of the global threat of climate change by taking action. Climate change greatly affects our coral reefs, sea life, sea turtles, sharks and rays, marine mammals, tourism and seafood industries, and our beaches.

Protecting marine ecosystems from the effects of climate change requires urgent and global action, and we can set an example for the rest of the world. I urge you to enact and support legislation that protects and defends marine ecosystems from climate change by focusing on reducing our CO2 emissions by as much as possible and using clean energy sources like wind and solar. Higher concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere can be linked to higher sea levels, more acidic oceans, and warmer oceans. Please also vote against legislation that would worsen the effects of climate change.

Thank you for representing my views and for being an Ocean Hero!


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