Target: Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon
Goal: Stop climate change to protect the threatened yaks of Tibet.
Climate change doesn’t just affect low-lying coasts or island nations. It also affects those who are living in high altitudes. Climate change has changed the planet’s rain and snowfall, and it’s affected the yaks in the Tibetan Plateau. These animals live in a harsh and brutal environment, and it’s made harsher thanks to humans. Urge Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to pass and create international laws preventing climate change so the yaks of Tibet do not disappear.
The wild yaks of the Tibetan Plateau have been threatened for the past century thanks to poaching, environmental factors, and human herders. Their survival is again in peril due to climate change. Lack of rain and snowfall has forced these animals further into the steep mountains to look for water. Female yaks in particular have been struck the hardest. Since females give birth in the winter, they desperately need water to replenish their milk. Unfortunately, these females are often found in the steepest and most dangerous parts of the plateau.
Yaks are hardy animals, able to live in areas that are 15,000 feet above sea level, but their numbers are grim. There are currently only 10,000 yaks left in the wild, and it’s placed the creatures on the “vulnerable to extinction” list. The yaks have survive through many hardships, but like all creatures, yaks have their limits.
With climate change taking the foreground in international talks, many countries focus on the island nations that will be hit the hardest by rising sea levels. Very rarely will leaders and citizens focus on those who live in higher elevation. Climate change affects everyone and everything, not just those who are close to the ocean. Sign this petition and urge Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to craft and approve international laws that prevent climate change.
Dear Secretary General Ban Ki-moon,
Climate change is a matter of urgent importance, one that needs to be addressed immediately. As you know, coastal areas and island nations will be among the first affected by rising sea levels. However, there are other consequences that the United Nations needs to be aware of. Climate change has affected rainfall all over the globe, and it’s disastrous for the wild yaks in the Tibetan Plateau.
Female yaks, in particular, are at risk. They nurse their young in the winter, and lack of snowfall has caused these females to trek into steeper areas. These females are placing themselves at more risk, and a fall is more than enough to kill these animals. Climate change is a serious matter, and it affects everything, not just those who reside near the seas. I implore you to support any and all measures meant to stop climate change. It is not just the fish and shellfish who will suffer, but those who live on land as well.
[Your Name Here]
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