First of all, I would like to extend my appreciation for finding time to address this letter, and I hope that you, as a reader, will give serious consideration to my proposals regarding our climate. 

Studies conducted by scientists in recent years have shown that there is radical climate change taking place across the globe, including an average increase in surface temperature since the late 19th century, measured at approximately 0.07 degrees Celsius each year. 

Additionally, this increase in temperature has already shown consequences for ecosystems and their inhabitants, such as the danger posed to polar bears by the shrinking ice caps in the North Pole. While the difficulties that such changes have posed to mankind are manageable, the worst is yet to come, and it is estimated that by the year 2030, the damage to the Earth will be irreversible.

Despite this colossal issue that we must face, and the challenges that it poses, we still have a chance to save this planet, our planet, before it is too late. While the greatest of our carbon emissions will be more of a challenge to overcome, you, as an average citizen, can cut back on your carbon footprint at this very moment. By opting for a bike ride rather than the use of a car, or simply by turning off the lights when you leave a room, there is a way you can help fight this crisis.

For those in the government and members of our industrial community, the real challenge is the one you must face. In order to meet our 10-year deadline on stopping climate change, we will first of all be required to convert all energy sources in the form of fossil fuels into clean energy, such as hydropower, solar power, or wind power. However, given the massive dependence on energy from fossil fuels in our society, conversion will require our immediate attention and full dedication. I recommend that the government contracts the world’s leading experts in clean energy for assistance, and that we begin to make the switch before the end of 2021.

While this may be an inconvenience to most in the short term, and a great challenge to all in the long term, by taking these steps we can ensure the future of not only the planet, but of ourselves. 

Thank you for listening. 

Jack O’Neill

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