Help Pass Legislation to Mitigate Impacts of Climate Change
The first legislation to plan for the resiliency of coastal, marine, and Great Lakes ecosystems to withstand the impacts of global warming has been introduced by
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). The groundbreaking Global Warming Wildlife Survival Act, S2204, has been referred to the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works (EPW). EPW Chair, California Senator Barbara Boxer, will be an original co-sponsor of the bill.
Whitehouse, who is a member of the Senate Committee, states, “Global warming has already begun to have a severe and lasting impact on wildlife populations and marine ecosystems around the world. As we work to mitigate the causes of global warming, we must also take urgent action to address its effects on wildlife, oceans and other natural systems on which we all depend.”
CONTACT YOUR SENATORS!
Barbara Boxer (Chairman)
CORAL is a signatory to a letter supporting the US Senate bill, and we encourage you to contact the members of the Senate Committee
This legislation could not be timelier. In a recent article in Science Daily, reporting on a National Forum on Coral Reef Futures a statement from over 50 scientists, including some who are part of the International Panel on Climate Change, which shared the Nobel Prize with Al Gore calls for action.
“The world has a narrow window of opportunity to save coral reefs.... We call on all societies and governments to immediately and substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Without targeted reductions, the ongoing damage to coral reefs from global warming will soon be irreversible.”