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Urge Congress to Limit the President's Power to Start a Nuclear War

 Did you know that President Donald Trumplike every president for decadeshas sole authority to launch a US nuclear attack? And no oneliterally no onehas the authority to stop such a launch. That is unacceptable.
 It's time to change this deeply flawed system. Congress must get more involved, working to reduce nuclear risks and prevent a nuclear catastrophe.
 Here's a simple yet important step you can take. Write to your members of Congress and urge them to cosponsor the "Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act," which would prohibit the president from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war from Congress.
 Introduced by Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), this bill can serve as a powerful vehicle to stimulate debate in Congress and get many more members of Congress speaking out and demanding changes to a system that puts civilization-ending power in the hands of one person.
 Our current policies increase the risk of nuclear war in very real and dangerous waysthey need to change. The Markey-Lieu bill is a small step in the right direction that allows youand all of usto demand that Congress takes these dangers seriously and works hard to change a system that puts all of our lives at real risk every day.
 Please make your letter personal by adding in your own thoughts and concerns. Every letter makes a difference, but customized letters have the greatest effect!  

 SAMPLE LETTER  

Cosponsor Markey-Lieu bill (H.R. 669/S. 200) on nuclear weapons use and authority

 I am deeply disturbed that President Trump, like every president for decades, has the sole authority to launch US nuclear weapons and potentially start a civilization-ending nuclear war--and no one can stop him.
 This is shocking and unacceptable.
 In addition, the US maintains hundreds of nuclear missiles on hair-trigger alert, increasing the risk of an accidental nuclear missile launch, or a deliberate launch in response to a false warning. And Congress is planning to spend a $1 trillion on an entirely new generation of nuclear bombs, missiles, submarines, and bombers.
 These policies and plans increase the risk of nuclear war in very real and dangerous ways--they need to change. I urge you to speak out about nuclear weapons dangers and get involved. As a start, please cosponsor the "Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017" (H.R. 669/S. 200), which was just introduced by Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA).
 This bill is a step in the right direction by prohibiting the president from launching a nuclear first strike without authorization from Congress.
 Nuclear weapons should never again be used. And no individual should have the power to end civilization as we know it.
 Please cosponsor the Markey-Lieu bill and urge other colleagues in the Congress to do the same. I am counting on you to make reducing nuclear danger a priority. Humanity deserves no less.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]
[Your Email]

How to convince a skeptic that climate change is real
By Tim Connor
--Adapted from Environmental Defense Fund Solutions, Winter 2017

" … where a person stands on climate change may have more to do with group identity than with factual information. But if approached in a friendly way, most people –and especially family—are willing to listen to other points of view. The trick is to use patience and tolerance to nudge listeners.

Here are five tips to make conversation more productive.

  1. Don’t get angry. Show respect for the other person’s views. The goal is to build trust, not prove a point.

  2. Leave the apocalypse to the movies. We want to take commonsense steps to reduce the risk to this and future generations, especially since those steps will also deliver clean energy jobs, greater social justice and improved public health.

  3. Seek common ground. People of faith might want to know that religious leaders have called for action on climate. Those concerned about the economy might want to know that the US is adding tens of thousands of jobs in clean energy. The refugee crisis could increase if more countries become uninhabitable due to climate change. And animal lovers will be involved with the numerous species going extinct.

  4. Tell your own stories. Studies make convince scientists but the rest of us respond to what’s happening in our neighborhood: is the local beach eroding, is a relative’s business failing because of drought or recent unexpected floods?

  5. Stick to the facts. Like gravity, our warming climate is a scientific fact.

Below are some excellent sources of correct and convincing information about climate change.

--Skepticalscience.com
Deals with the most common climate change myths.
--Connectingonclimate.org
Presents ten principles of climate communications.
--Climateoutreach.org
Europe’s leading climate change communicators translate academic knowledge into practical resources.
--Epa.gov/climatechange
Explains basic science on why and how climate is changing and describes its impact around the world.
--Ipcc.ch
Contains the history and science of the world’s collaborative plan to halt climate change at a safe temperature level.

To contact state or national elected officials https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials 

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