PR action - my letter

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I sent this letter to:

Al Gore and his Climate Project

Governor Schwarzenegger

If anyone has more ideas for people to send this to, let me know, or use this text if you want.

 

 

Hello, my name is Faith Oakes and I am 13 years old and a proud member of a northern California FLL LEGO robotics team called the Lego Guards. FLL introduces children around the world to the fun and experience of solving real-world problems by applying math, science, and technology. Our team, as part of this year's competition, had to come up with an innovative solution to a community climate problem and present it to a panel of judges. We picked wildfire as our subject, and our solution is called Forest Guard: an early wildfire detection system that uses ethernet radios and personal computers all over the world as key components.

We believe Forest Guard could save lives, money and property. Fighting fires last year cost California nearly $300 million, with damage costing over $250 million. Installing a Forest Guard pilot system (80 cameras, two hubs) into Tahoe National Forest would only cost approximately $296,000. Also, Forest Guard would reduce the amount of carbon dioxide released into our air. Four major fires in northern California from over this summer released more than 28 million tons of carbon dioxide into our air. That's the equivalent of 7 million cars on the road for a year! As the recent tragedy in eastern Australia proves, uncontrolled wildfire can be devastating, and we believe that early detection is the key to stopping wildfire before it becomes uncontrollable.

FIRST LEGO League holds competitions throughout the world at both local and regional levels. The Lego Guards won the local competition, and we went on to the Northern California State Championship tournament where we won 1st place in the Project Presentation category!

As a championship tournament project award winner, our idea was submitted to the Children's Climate Call (a partnership between the LEGO group, NIRAS - an international consulting firm, and FIRST - a global educational foundation) in Copenhagen, Denmark. The committee  chose only 6 teams from the entire world (there are more than 13,000 teams worldwide!) to participate in a one time Climate Action summit, and the Lego Guards were selected as one of those 6 teams!  At the summit, we will be meeting with scientists from universities, the United Nations Energy Program, and other experts from consultant companies. At the conclusion, one of these 6 projects will be selected to be implemented and also presented at the World Climate Summit (COP15) in December.

I am writing to you to share this exciting news, and also to ask for your help. Because it is so expensive to travel to Denmark, we will need sponsors to provide financial support. Would you consider giving us your help and support? I have attached a PDF copy of our press release, and the links below will give you more information. I would be very happy to answer any questions you might have.

Please help us prove that children can make a difference!

Sincerely,

Faith Oakes
LEGO Guards

http://2008.legoguards.net/ForestGuard
http://www.childrensclimatecall.org/

Letter for Support

Good job Faith, great letter and the word needs to get out.

Great letter Faith!

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- Heidi

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Great Letter!

That is an absolutely great letter Faith!

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