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Monday, November 19, 2012

Monday's Calls to Action.

Dear Reader, I am passing this on, because I am a firm believer that it is far better that we support each other, RATHER THAN 'Bully' each other.
The students at my high school need your help. I'm a 16-year-old junior at Celina High School -- a public high school in northwest Ohio. We're trying to make our school more accepting and safe for gay students, but the administration won't let us.
Recently, 20 students tried to fight homophobia by wearing homemade t-shirts to school that said things like "Straight but Supportive" and "I Support [Rainbow]." Our Vice Principal told students that they had to stop wearing the shirts or face suspension.
I'm straight, but I think it's wrong that my school is discriminating against gay students and suppressing students' rights to express our opinions.
We all know that anti-gay bullying is a serious problem. In the past few years, we have seen so many kids tragically take their own lives because they were bullied for being gay or perceived to be gay. 
I think it's crazy that at my school, it's not the kids doing the bullying. It's the adults who are supposed to be our leaders and role models. 
Well I'm not going to take it anymore. Other kids have gotten their schools to allow Gay-Straight Alliances after they started petitions on -- I know that if enough people sign my petition, my school administrators will cease their shameful behavior and create an environment that is supportive for all students, not just straight ones.
Thank you,
Erick Warner
Celina, OH

Dear Readers, I am passing on this e-mail also, because the European Union has the Right Idea about fighting Climate Change--A Cause We Americans should be fighting also--NOT THE EUROPEAN UNION;

On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that forbids U.S. airlines from taking part in a European Union program designed to reduce global warming pollution from aviation. It’s misguided legislation that protects the financial interests of airlines instead of reducing the carbon pollution causing climate change.

The legislation now moves to President Obama, who will decide this week whether to fight back against this misguided bill.

Take Action: Urge President Obama to use his veto power and support actions to reduce pollution from aviation.

During his post-election victory speech, President Obama told our nation that “we want our children to live in an America that… isn't threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet.” It’s a promising sign that he is ready to deliver the kind of climate leadership Americans are looking for, especially in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, the latest example of climate change’s growing influence on extreme weather.

Pushing back against this bill would be a concrete first step to delivering a safer future for our children.

Take Action Today: Tell President Obama to fight back against Congress and tackle climate change.

The rest of the world is looking for a signal that the United States is serious about tackling pollution from aviation, one of the fastest-growing sources of global warming. President Obama has a number of tools he could use to push back against this anti-climate bill, but the clearest signal would be stopping it in its tracks. By vetoing the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act, President Obama can show that he is ready to take real steps to tackle climate change over the next four years.


Keya Chatterjee
Keya Chatterjee
International Climate Policy