Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Underwater Islands SOS - you can help

Melting icecaps have triggered a rise in sea level...which might not be such a big deal if you live in Denver, but if you live in Fiji, the Phillipines, or Papua New Guinea, it means big trouble.

According to President Remengesau of Palau, a small island in the Pacific, "Palau has lost at least one third of its coral reefs due to climate change related weather patterns. We also lost most of our agricultural production due to drought and extreme high tides. These are not theoretical, scientific losses -- they are the losses of our resources and our livelihoods.... For island states, time is not running out. It has run out. And our path may very well be the window to your own future and the future of our planet." (lifted from Avaaz email message)

Palau and other island nations are calling on the United Nations Security Council to address climate change as a pressing threat to international peace and security.

Avaaz ( is collecting petition signatures supporting the island nations' request; the petitions will be delivered by island ambassadors next week to the U.N.

Learn more, and sign the petition at:

In peace and love,

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