Climate Change Education & the Pine Beetle in the Western US

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  • recipient: President Obama, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Chief of the US Forest Services Tom Tidwell
Mountain Pine Beetles are devasting forests in the American West. While there is no "silver bullet" currently, we can do so much more to educate the public on the underlying causes of this disaster, which in large part is a result of climate change. Tell our elected officials to clarify the information on signage in our national parks, educate our rangers and help the millions of national park visitors make the connections between their daily actions, a warming climate and the destruction of our forests.
We the undersigned ask that you change the current National Parks signage on mountain pine beetle destruction, found at rest stops and vista points throughout many of our National Parks, so that the signs clearly inform and educate the public on climate change and it's relationship to the unmittigated pine beetle destruction and disaster unfolding in many of our National Parks.

We are saddened and dismayed by the damage and destruction brought about by the pine beetle across the Western USA. We ask that you take action and responsibility to educate the millions of visitors to our National Parks on the primary cause of this disaster, climate change. As we stand by and witness the destruction of BILLIONS of trees across our great country, we are concerned that our government is missing an enormous opportunity to educate the public on climate change, and to inspire them to make changes in their lives that will make a difference in solving this crisis. 

As Secretary Vilsack recently stated so eloquently: " Addressing the challenges of Climate Change will require new tools that enable our leaders to develop  successful strategies."  To support these tools, and the development of these strategies, we need the support of the American public. There is a very small cost associated with changing the signage in our parks, but potentially an enormous pay off. As citizens from across the country make the connections between their every day actions and the devastating climate change consequences unfolding in our national parks and forests before their eyes; people will be more willing to act and support tools and strategies to address the climate change crisis.

Thank you for your support and action on this simple and low cost opportunity to educate and inform million of Americans on the consequences of climate change!
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