Getting Citizens to Sign a Petition on Climate Change Mitigation

As an anti-climate change campaigner, you may get to a point where you decide to present a petition to the local government authorities. This is likely to be the case if it becomes clear that the local government authorities are not taking climate change mitigation seriously. Now if your petition is to be taken seriously by the local government authorities, you need to ensure that it is signed by a huge number of citizens. If you are in a democratic state, and you present a petition that is signed by many citizens, the authorities will have no choice but to consider the issues raised in the petition – or otherwise risk facing the voters’ wrath in the next elections.

The petition has to be one that makes a great deal of sense, if at all the citizens are to append their signatures on it. Ideally, the petition should be drafted in simple language. The issues in it need to be presented in a manner that enables the citizens to see what is in it for themselves. The language used in the petition has to be respectful, yet also quite assertive. This way, when it reaches the local government authorities, they will be inclined to act on it.

You will need to educate the citizens on the importance of the climate change issues raised in your petition, if at all you are to get them to append their signatures to it. You can opt to use the local media, to educate the citizens on the importance of the climate change-related issues raised in the petition. Alternatively, you can opt to call the citizens individually (say, on phone) and try to educate each one of them individually on the importance of the issues raised in the petition. Such a phone-based campaign need not be very expensive. Going by the calling rates indicated on the metro pcs pay bill online chart, you should be able to push this sort of campaign through with just a few hundred bucks. That is, if you are using Metro PCS services – though the applicable rates for other phone networks tend to be largely similar. Of course, the exact expenditure to be incurred depends on the number of people you will be calling. If you (assisted by your volunteers) opt to call tens of thousands of citizens (or more), you should be ready to make a metro pcs payment that is commensurate with the number of calls made. But whatever the expenditure, it is likely to be a small price to pay – especially if that is what it takes to get the government to support climate change mitigation.

Understanding the Workings of the Green Climate Fund

The Green Climate Fund was set up in 2010, with the primary objective of helping developing nations to adapt to climate change (and to mitigate the effects of climate change in developing nations). It is important to note that climate change tends to have very devastating effects on developing nations. Yet the developing nations’ contribution to the problem is very modest. That is the case, given the fact that climate change is said to be caused (primarily) by greenhouse gas emissions. And as we all know, it is from the developed nations that most of the greenhouse gas emissions come from. On the other hand, it is the developing nations that end up having to bear the brunt of the resultant climate change. And on another note, the developing nations’ financial ability to cope with the effects of climate change is very limited. That is what necessitated the formation of the Green Climate Fund.

The way the Green Climate Fund works is such that developed nations contribute funds to it. The fund operates under the auspices of the UN system, as part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The Green Climate Fund has not been without controversy. There are people who feel that the assistance offered through the fund is too modest, compared to the devastation caused by climate change in developing nations. You have to appreciate that the people in developing nations mostly live off the land. They till the land, raise animals on the land, hunt, collect honey from beehives… and so on. Life there is very different compared to developed nations. The average citizen in a developed nation has a job (or a government-backed safety net) to fall back on – no matter what. He may, for instance, be a US Postal Service employee, assured of a livelihood as long as his work schedule at the liteblue usps portal is full. On a day to day basis, the said employee just has to visit the usps liteblue employee login page, sign in, and check his work schedule. As long as there is some work for him, he is assured of a paycheck. Even if there is no work, there are government safety nets – including welfare and food stamps – to fall back on. But in the developing nations, it is survival for the fittest. Yet those developing nations are the ones that bear the greatest brunt from climate change: their economic fragility notwithstanding.

Getting the Government to Support Climate Change Mitigation

If we are to be successful in mitigate climate change, we need to have government support. Some of the measures that need to be taken, in the name of climate change mitigation, can’t be taken without government support. Therefore government support is very critical. Yet getting government support in these sorts of things isn’t so easy. See, some of the things that need to be done, in the name of climate change mitigation, would inevitably hurt certain interests. That is why we tend to encounter resistance in these matters.

All said and done, to get government support in climate change mitigation, there is one main thing that we need to: namely lobbying. So we need to identify the relevant government officials, and lobby them intensively, to get them to support the climate change mitigation agenda.

Identifying the relevant government officials

The relevant government officials in question here are those who wield real power. If we are to succeed in the climate change mitigation agenda, we will need support from the topmost echelons of the government. This therefore means identifying the people who wield the most power in both the political and bureaucratic arms of the government. It really takes the topmost people, to drive change, and overcome the resistance to change that tends to be inherent. Even when the Nordstrom employees portal, which is reviewed on the employeeloginz website was being set up, the topmost management probably had to be convinced about the soundness of the idea. Only then was the Nordstrom employees portal, at set up. Similarly, if we are to drive the climate change mitigation agenda forward, we have to sell it successfully to the topmost levels of the political and bureaucratic arms of the government.

Lobbying the government officials

To successfully lobby the government officials, we need to have sound arguments, backed by verifiable facts and figures. It helps a great deal if we can get professional lobbyists to assist in this cause. You have to remember that the folks who are against climate change mitigation measures will also be lobbying furiously, on the other side.

Using Irrigation to Mitigate the Effects of Climate Change

Thanks to climate change, rainfall patterns have become erratic. So you find that in the regions of the world that are greatly affected by climate change, rainfall has become unpredictable. Such places go for long spells of time without rainfall. And then when it does rain, the rainfall tends to be excessive, leading to floods. The whole thing can (on a light note) be likened to the Walmartone schedule, which is accessible to Walmart Associates through the Walmart1 login page: where, sometimes, you have long spells of free time, followed by long periods where you are expected to be on duty.  The rainfall patterns in this age of climate change are like that: you go for long durations of time without rain, and then when it does rain, the rainfall turns out to be excessive and destructive.

Against that background, one of the ways in which we can mitigate the effects of climate change is through the use of irrigation.

Irrigation would make it possible for the people who are affected by climate change to have food, even during the long dry spells. We have just noted that thanks to climate change, people are having to go for long durations of time without rainfall. This often leads to famines: as crops dry up, and livestock ends up being left without pasture or water. So this is the gap that would be filled by the irrigation — ensuring that there is water to grow crops (and maintain livestock) throughout.

For irrigation to be viable, the rain water has to be preserved. This entails building dams. And this is yet another way in which the effects of climate change can be mitigated. For as we have just noted, another effect of climate change is where the erratic rainfall tends to be excessive (when it does rain). But if the water is carefully collected through well designed drainage systems, and directed into dams, it wouldn’t cause much damage. Thus, the harmful effects associated with floods would also have been mitigated.

Conserving Forests to Mitigate Climate Change Effects

One of the ways in which we can mitigate climate change effects is by conserving forests. The science behind this assertion is sound. We know that climate change is primarily caused by carbon emissions. We also know that forests are made up of trees, and that trees have capacity to absorb carbon. It therefore follows that forest conservation can go a long way towards mitigating climate change effects. If we have a huge enough number of trees (in forests and elsewhere), they may be able to absorb all the carbon emissions. Then climate change effects would have been fully mitigated.

The conservation of forests is, however, not as easy as it sounds. There is great demand for the trees that make up the forests. The trees are often cut down, to be processed into timber. In less developed parts of the world, the trees are cut down and burned to yield charcoal. Therefore, conservation of forests often entails hurting certain people’s livelihoods.

There are three strategies that can be employed to conserve forests.

The first strategy is where enforcement officers are employed, to protect the forests. The brief for these officers would be to arrest anyone who encroaches on forest areas, and anyone who cuts down the trees in the forests.

The second strategy is where people are educated on the importance of the forests. People are reasonable, and if they are well-educated on various issues, they tend to respond well. I saw this at work when a certain parcel employee was being trained on the use of the UPS online portal. Within a few minutes, the fellow was able to undertake the UPSers sign in and sign up procedures, and to navigate around the portal. In a similar manner, if a campaign to educate the masses on forest conservation is undertaken, chances are that they will understand the importance of it — and what is expected of them — within a very short period of time.

The third strategy is where an effort is made to be replacing all the trees that are cut from the forests. Thus, for instance, if one tree is cut, another tree is planted to take its place. This is a pragmatic approach, based on appreciation of the fact that people will always have need for timber and other tree products. Therefore, there will always be need for the trees in forests to be cut down. But if a new tree is planted to replace every tree that is cut down, the net effect is that the forests would be well conserved.

Planting Trees to Mitigate Climate Change Effects

Scientists advise us that tree planting is one of the things we can do, to mitigate the effects of climate change. There are, of course, several other measures we can take, to mitigate the effects of climate change. But tree planting is one of the easiest — yet also one of the most effective.

Setting up formal tree planting campaigns

For us to be able to mitigate climate change effects, we need to ensure that we plant a big enough number of trees. So it is not just a question of planting a couple of trees here and there, and then claiming to have mitigated the effects of climate change. On the contrary, for the effect of the planted trees to be felt, we need to be looking at millions – perhaps tens or even hundreds of millions of trees. So it is a big project, which is best undertaken through formal tree planting campaigns.

We may actually find ourselves having to employ people to focus on tree planting (and tree care) on a full-time basis. Thus, the idea of paying full-time salaries through the Securitas paperless talx system, which is accessible online at shouldn’t sound too weird. Indeed, to plant millions of trees, and to be in a position to take proper care of them, we may have no option but to employ such full-time workers.

Planting trees informally

Meanwhile, individuals need to be encouraged to plant trees informally. If a person happens to have an open space outside his house, there is absolutely no reason as to why he can’t plant a couple of trees there. If a nation happens to have, say, 10 million households, and each household plants a couple of trees on average, you’d be looking at 20 million new trees: enough to mitigate the effects of climate change to some extent.

Getting people to support the tree planting campaigns

Obviously, if the tree planting campaigns are to be successful, they need to be supported by the greater public. Getting people to support such campaigns shouldn’t be too hard. You just need to show them that planting trees would be in their best interests, and that they stand to benefit a great deal in the long-run. Once they see ‘what is in it’ for them, they will be inclined to support the campaigns wholeheartedly. That approach is better than trying to force people to support the campaigns through legislation and other such coercive measures.