Tell Biden to Work Towards Peace and a Future for our Planet!
The war in Ukraine has taken tens of thousands of human lives and has only shown signs of escalating. This appalling war should be opposed on all fronts for its immediate human costs alone.
If this weren't reason enough to join in calls for peace negotiations, the environmental and climate costs of the war are devastating to all life in the region – and will have long-term effects on us all. So we've written a letter directly to Biden and Congress calling on them to call for peace on environmental grounds. Add your signature to show your support!
Our letter demands that the US cease recklessly perpetuating this environmental catastrophe by dismissing opportunities for peace negotiations. Scientists in Ukraine have been working tirelessly to evaluate the toll on the regional environment, and the situation is dire.
Extreme air pollution from damaged chemical facilities, poisoning of farmlands expected to last for decades, the killing of 50,000 dolphins in the Black Sea, and deforestation on a massive scale are just a few examples of the environmental injustices suffered by the region since the start of the war. Our administration can act now to help protect human lives and the environment in one of Europe's most biodiverse regions. Will you join in calls for peace on environmental and humanitarian grounds?
Your support will not only call for an end to environmental destruction in Ukraine – peace negotiations will benefit every living creature on this Earth. Since the war began, the energy economy has mutated, steering away from a transition to renewables and re-embracing the dirtiest fuels imaginable, like coal and natural gas. Germany is using disrupted Russian supply chains to justify the approval of massive new coal mining projects, and while consumers have suffered, opportunistic fossil fuel giants have posted record profits from price gouging.
The war in Ukraine is shrinking the time we have to meaningfully confront climate change – it is also bringing us to the brink of nuclear war. Should even a single nuclear incident take place due to the war, its effects will be felt the world over. And if nuclear war breaks out, it is no exaggeration that all life on our planet will be under immediate threat.
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Towards peace and a livable planet,
PS: If you're in the New York area, join Teddy and CODEPINK Co-Founder Jodie Evans for a Community Gathering tomorrow, Tuesday 2/7 at The People's Forum! Register here.