A Mother's Plea for the Planet

from Jodie Evans

To America's mothers and grandmothers:

As a Board member of Rainforest Action Network, co-founder of CODEPINK, and most importantly, as the mother of three beautiful children, I am writing to ask you to join me in an effort to reduce our country's oil dependence. If you're like me, you're concerned about how America's dangerous addiction to oil is threatening our national security, producing smog that harms our children's health, destabilizing our climate, and forcing us to pay ever-increasing gas prices. If we don't solve this problem now, then what kind of future are we leaving for our kids?

I am writing to ask you to join me in helping to jumpstart Ford Motor Company, America's biggest gas guzzler. Beginning this Mother's Day and continuing until Mother's Day 2006, we are asking mothers and grandmothers from across the country to help us convince America's flagship automaker to lead us to a clean energy future. Please sign this letter and join us in making the world a better place for our families.


Transportation accounts for 70% of all oil consumption in the United States, and Ford Motor Company has had the worst fuel efficiency for the past five years. Ford Motors lagged behind the industry average on fuel efficiency every year for the past 30 years, and its entire fleet gets less gas mileage than the Model T 100 years ago!

Imagine you lived in a country where American carmakers led the world in efficiency and clean technology. Imagine a fleet of cars that would help to reduce childhood asthma rates and would lessen the likelihood of catastrophic oil spills. When our country breaks its oil addiction, we won't need to drill in the pristine wilderness of Alaska or the Amazon to fill up our gas tanks. We will have a foreign policy that supports democracy, transparency, and human rights everywhere. And, we won't need to send our children to war to stand guard over oil wells half a world away.

We can do this, but we need to work together. Join us and write to Bill Ford, asking him to build clean cars now.


The future of our planet depends on our ability to quickly wean ourselves away from all fossil fuels. A child born today will witness the bleaching of 70% of our coral reefs, the disappearance of almost all North American glaciers, and an endangered species list that outnumbers the ones that are left. In the Amazon alone, up to 87% of all species would be committed to extinction due to climate change within the next forty-five years. Is this the future we choose to leave our children? Lend your voice and help make sure the world we leave our children is better than this.


Please send a letter to Bill Ford today, and pass this alert to other moms and grandmoms. Join us in telling Bill Ford:

· As American citizens and mothers we deserve transportation that doesn't threaten our national security.

· As mothers we have the right to breathe clean air and enable our children to have healthy lives free from asthma and polluted resources.

· As mothers we believe that our children and grandchildren shouldn't have to solve a climate change problem that our generation's leaders refuse to accept.

· As mothers we are concerned about America's oil addiction and Ford's lack of commitment to fuel efficiency and zero emissions vehicles.

Join concerned mothers everywhere in asking Ford to become the first automaker to commit to producing zero emissions vehicles and dramatically increase its fuel efficiency across the board. Let's convince automakers to stop contributing to the problem and become a part of the solution. Come meet mothers from all over the world and post your own story and photo!


Thank you for taking action to help drive Ford to a cleaner, more efficient future. Share this with mothers you know and help connect them to this, a Mother's Plea for the Planet!

Jodie Evans
Co-founder, CODEPINK
Boardmember, Rainforest Action Network

Mother's Plea for the Planet is sponsored by Rainforest Action Network, Global Exchange, Code Pink, and the Raging Grannies.


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