Warren, the World Needs You to Lead

Starting with the 2013 Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders Meeting May 4, Nebraskans for Peace has taken its appeal for action on climate change to the doorstep of Nebraska’s most famous citizen: Warren Buffett. The 82-year-old billionaire and world’s third-richest person is an international celebrity—widely regarded as the financial industry’s ‘wise uncle’ with his folksy manner and legendary business savvy.

In the months ahead, Nebraskans for Peace will be beseeching Buffett to trade on that celebrity and speak out about the dangers of climate change. Were the “Oracle of Omaha” to raise the warning about the peril rising carbon emissions pose to our ecosystem, overnight, climate change would be seen as a credible threat. Government and industry would have to take notice.

And with the report in May that the CO2 concentration in the atmosphere has now reached 400 parts per million (the most since the Pliocene Era three million years ago when the polar caps melted), the sooner Warren starts leading the better. The climate peril is growing daily, and there’s no time to lose. NFP is publicly appealing to Warren at the Berkshire Hathaway corporate office Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. But you can make a personal appeal by mail at: Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway Inc., 3555 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE 68131; or email at: berkshire@berkshirehathaway.com (mark for his attention in the subject line).

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