I pledge not to buy
American until you resume America's climate
If you feel able to avoid
Starbucks, Californian chardonnay, United Airlines
or whatever for the duration of America's greenhouse isolationism,
please feel free to join me by adapting my appended e-mail, sending
it to the WhiteHouse'
and forwarding it to your own e-mail list asking them to do the
Dear President Bush,
I find your decision to renege on
the Kyoto Protocol terrifying and
incomprehensible. You say you are acting in the interests of the
American people, but
ultimately an unmitigated enhanced greenhouse effect will
visit environmental, economic and social horror upon America
just as it will other
nations. You say the scientific underpinnings of global warming
are weak, but you cannot be listening to the evidence from NASA and
other great American scientific institutions.
Until the United States returns to the climate talks intent on
fulfilling its ratified
commitment under the Climate Convention to stabilise
atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations, I will no longer buy American
goods or services of any sort save those that directly
or indirectly cut greenhouse gas emissions, or otherwise promote
sustainable development. I
will encourage all my family, friends
and contacts to do the same. I do not make this pledge lightly.
I have many American friends.
I worry for them. It seems to me that they have
a President who has declared a form of environmental war on the
rest of the world.