URGENT: Call for Action on Climate Change Crisis

Taino’ti Guaitiao (Greetings Relatives):

It is my hope that at the time you receive this message you are all in good health and Spirit. I am writing to inform you that from November 28th to December 9th representatives from over 150 nations will be meeting at a crucial Climate Conference in Montreal, Canada. While many of them will be pushing for stronger world action on global warming, the representatives of the United States government will be present working behind the scenes to try and block any positive action. This is the role they have played for several years. Many people justifiably feel that the U.S. government is “fiddling while the earth burns”. We have only to look at recent events, such as the increase in flooding, drought, diseases, and higher asthma rates and respiratory illnesses to affirm the devastating effects of global climate change.

With that in mind, each and every person who affirms Taino identity and heritage should know that as Caribbean Indigenous Peoples we have a moral and spiritual responsibility to care take Attabeira, our Mother Earth, for our present and future generations. If we truly honor this responsibility than we must also realize that global climate change should not be a concern of environmental groups alone. We need to forge alliances with others who are mobilizing around this critical issue.

A call to action has been made by the Climate Crisis Coalition and they are urging peace and justice, business, labor, environmental justice, student, women's, religious, academic, scientific, political, minority and cultural communities to begin working together to advance a clean energy revolution and build a new national and international campaign on this issue. As you read this message, thousands of people from around the people are preparing to participate in demonstrations, which will demand action on global warming and call upon the U.S. to join the rest of the world and sign the Kyoto protocol. Around the United States and in Montreal where the United Nations Climate Conference is taking place, actions are scheduled for December 2nd and 3rd 2005.

You can participate in the following ways:

1.) Sign the “The People’s Ratification of the Kyoto Global Warming
Treaty” online at http://www.climatecrisiscoalition.org/petition.html

2.) Send a letter, like the sample letter below, to President Bush and
your elected officials.

3.) Hit the streets to demand action on global warming. You can find
out if there is a local action happening in your area by visiting
http://www.climatecrisiscoalition.org/local-actions-december-3.html .
For information on what is happening in other countries around the
world check out www.globalclimatecampaign.org .

I will be personally representing the United Confederation of Taino People (UCTP) at the following actions taking place in New York City and would welcome your support and participation on:

4:30 - 6:30 PM Demonstration in Foley Square across from the Federal Building in NYC.

3:00 - 6:00 pm: a Global Warming Film Festival at the Community Church,
40 E. 35th St., NYC
6:00 - 7:00 pm: an Interfaith Religious Service for the Earth also at
Community Church

On behalf of the UCTP, I say bo’matum (thank you) in advance for your time, consideration, support and participation in this historic mobilization effort. I would also like to commend the members of the Climate Crisis Coalition (CCC) and all others who are organizing these efforts on their noble work for all our relations.

Oma'bahari (With Respect),
Roberto Mucaro Borrero,
President and Chairman,
United Confederation of Taino People,
U.S. Regional Coordinating Office
PO Box 4515, New York, NY 10163


Dear President Bush / Elected Official,

I'm writing to tell you that I am gravely concerned about global warming. Climate change overshadows the many great problems that society currently faces. The world scientific community is in agreement that the climate crisis is accelerating, and that the time for action is now.

The U.S. Government must join the rest of the world in ratifying the Kyoto Protocol as a first step toward a commitment to change. The Federal Government must then take action to achieve the 70% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions which credible scientists agree is necessary to stabilize the climate. Further, the Government must
withdraw its annual $25 billion in subsidies for fossil fuels and create equivalent subsidies for renewable, safe, non-nuclear energy alternatives; it must dramatically strengthen energy conservation and fuel efficiency standards and actively defend the world's forests. The Government must also provide for a just transition for those most affected by these changes. Achieving these goals will have the added benefit of reducing US dependence on foreign oil and natural gas.

I am asking you, as my elected representative/President of the United States, to take a leading role in changing energy policy and achieving these urgent objectives for the good of our country, the planet, and succeeding generations.