“As you begin your presidency” environmentalists write to Donald Trump, “we would like to remind you that American citizens, before all else, are men, women and children whose health and welfare depend on the condition of our Planet….. For this reason, as we wish you a successful mandate, in matters concerning our global environment, we beg you to please surprise us, President Trump!”
The plea for the Planet of the environmentalist movement in Italy is aimed at environmentalists around the world:
“For this reason we ‘ve constructed a website in English and italian with a letter to President Trump available also in Spanish, “ says Oliviero Sorbini, the creator of the campaign. “It is our hope that the organizations that have endorsed our initiative, will reach out to as many countries as possible.”
“Our objective, “ Sorbini continues “is to focus attention on climate and environmental policies coming from the the United States. The declarations that Mr Trump made as President-Elect are alarming. We feel it is important that this letter, a plea for the health of the Planet, originate in Italy, a country with a rich bio-diversity, with a cultural and environmental patrimony unequaled in the world, put at serious risk by climate change”
“The tone and the objectives of the project,” adds Marco Gisotti, one of the promoters of the campaign “are respectful and positive, to impact media, national and international, in a positive, non-offensive manner. It is not by chance that there are no references to the Cabinet nominations made by Mr Trump, but only to the opinions he himself expressed.”
To mail their letters, “Surprise Us, President Trump!”, Italian environmental organizations will meet a few hours before the actual inauguration in Washington DC, due to the different time zones. At 11 am, in Rome, on Friday january 20, 2017 in Piazza Barberini, the official Mailing Ceremony will take place.”
Afterwards a delegation will be welcomed at the US Embassy to deliver the “first copy” of the letter to the new Ambassador, signed by the Presidents of the affiliated Associations.