Target: Florida Power & Light Co. CEO James L. Robo
Goal: Don’t destroy endangered Florida panther habitat to build another new power plant
The Florida Power & Light Co. is planning on building a massive new power plant in the middle of the Florida panther’s habitat. The construction would require stripping thousands of acres in the rural part of the state, which is the last area where the long-endangered panther species has been found. Though they were once plentiful, there are now only between 100 and 160 of these felines left in the world. Because of this, they’re considered one of the most at-risk species in the U.S.
Due to widespread human development, the Florida panther has been on the endangered species list since 1973. Although they’re protected by state and federal law, and although such a large structure that will likely pollute the surrounding areas would surely have a significant impact on their well-being, the Florida Power & Light Co. is going ahead with its development plan. If someone doesn’t interfere, the panthers may be wiped out, and the area’s ecosystem will be thrown off balance.
By signing this petition, you’ll urge the Florida Power & Light Co. not to sacrifice an entire species to build yet another power plant, especially when it could be built somewhere that doesn’t require massive habitat destruction. Let it know that having a reputation as a destroyer of these majestic predators is not one that will be beneficial to its business.
Dear Mr. Robo,
I understand that your company is planning on building a power plant in the middle of rural Florida. You may or may not be aware that the area you are considering for this new plant is a prime habitat for the endangered Florida panther. This species of panther is currently under extreme threat due to human interference and habitat loss, numbering between only 100 and 160 animals. With this few members left of the species, any disruption to their lives risks wiping them out entirely.
Should you go ahead with your plan to build this power plant in the middle of Florida panther habitat, you could potentially become responsible for their extinction. Roaming predators like the panther need plenty of space in order to hunt and breed, and your power plant will take up thousands of acres that these felines rely on. With so much habitat lost, there’s no way that the panthers won’t be negatively affected by construction.
Please reconsider the location of your new power plant. We humans have already been responsible for the loss of so many animal species, and each loss has ripple effects on the entire ecosystem. Surely you don’t want to be known as a company responsible for the extinction of the Florida panther. All you have to do to avoid this is to find a different location for your power plant that won’t have such a negative impact on the local ecosystem.
[Your Name Here]
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