President Obama, February, 2009

JustEarth, on the day of President Obama's visit to Ottawa, sent this message to him on our concerns about climate change. We invite JustEarth signers to send the same letter (download, print and send, stamp for U.S. required) , or write your own (feel free to adapt).

President Barack Obama
White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20500

February 19, 2009

Dear President Obama,

We are pleased to see an intelligent, pro-science president in the White House, who is concerned about the environment and understands the immediate threat posed by climate change.

As Canadians we recognize that the tar sands project is the major reason Canada is increasing, not reducing, our greenhouse gas emissions.
Prime minister Harper is the leader of a minority government; most Canadians voted for parties with a better position on climate change than his. The province he represents, Alberta, profits in the short term from this dirty oil industry. In the long term, as you know, all are harmed by these greenhouse gas emissions.

We commend you for your green energy initiatives, but consider that it would be unwise to rely on technical solutions to reduce emissions; these are not yet available, nor likely to be in time. Important lifestyle changes will be necessary to make the reductions required.

In any event, fossil fuels are non-renewable and we will all have to switch to other energy sources at some point. Better to do so before catastrophic damage becomes inevitable.

We need a comprehensive climate action plan, with targets to as recommended by international climate experts. Your proposal for a fully-auctioned, economy-wide cap and trade system could be a major component in such a strategy. Your influence is needed to get Canadian participation.

Yours sincerely