Target: Jani Iwamoto, Utah Senator and Democratic member of the Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environmental Committee
Goal: Implement measures to combat climate change so bears don’t starve and the state’s water supplies remain plentiful.
Bears are having difficulty finding food due to drastic environmental changes. Water supplies are also running low. If something is not done soon, both animals and humans will be in a great deal of trouble.
Utah scientists reported that many black bears left their dens way too early this year, likely due to hotter weather. Still, it was too cold for them to find food in surrounding areas. In addition, scientists have also noticed water levels are lower in several Utah lakes. The factor that these two things have in common is higher temperatures due to climate change.
Higher temperatures can result from things like drilling, as more carbon emissions are released into the air when drilling takes place. These carbon emission gasses cause temperatures to drastically rise. It gets to the point where it is not only too hot for bears to find food, but also to where water supplies are greatly reduced, since hotter temperatures cause water to evaporate more quickly.
Sign this petition and urge Utah’s lawmakers to implement measures that will reduce the adverse effects of climate change. It is important that immediate steps are taken so that both animals and humans can continue to thrive.
Dear Senator Iwamoto,
Scientists reported that bears had a difficult time finding food this winter because they left their dens too early. Water supplies in the state are also running low. If something is not done to fix these problems, both people and animals will suffer the consequences.
Bears were thought by scientists to leave their dens early this past winter because hotter temperatures made finishing hibernation too uncomfortable. Unfortunately, the temperature was still way too cold for many plants to grow, as well as for other animals to roam around. Obviously, this made finding adequate food sources difficult. In addition, water supplies have also been found in recent years to be lower due to rising temperatures.
If less drilling for gas and oil were to take place, the situation could drastically improve, as less drilling creates less carbon emissions in the atmosphere. As a result, temperatures do not rise as quickly. Water levels also do not drop as drastically because less evaporation is released into the air when temperatures are cooler.
Building less roads would also help the situation because more development creates more sediment. Higher amounts of rain—as a result of climate change—carry this sediment into the water. In turn, sediment overcrowds certain areas underwater, making it so native plants and animals are unable to grow or navigate through the water. When this happens, animals and people are unable to utilize valuable food sources, or rely on clean water supplies.
For all of these reasons I urge you to request lawmakers take steps to lessen the harsh effects of climate change in Utah. Animals and humans will both suffer greatly if more effort is not put into trying to solve this problem.
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