A few months back, I wrote a fairly aggressive piece on global warming.
Fast forward four months, and less than a week into his presidency, Donald Trump has walked into the oval office, dropped his trousers, and taken a dump on the environment.
Let me stop right here for a second. I know I have a group of friends who love to point out that Hillary Clinton lost the election. I would like that group of friends to know that a) I am aware, and b) that doesn’t mean I can’t express myself. I find it humorous how conservatives love protecting the constitution when dealing with the Second Amendment, but get their backs up over the First Amendment on a daily basis. Yes, I voted for someone who deleted emails. No, I am not justifying those actions. But when forced to choose between someone who deletes emails or an environment-hating racist misogynist homophobe, well I think any decent human shouldn’t have a difficult time there. And I will continue to whine and moan about our lousy excuse for a president until he leaves office. I do not hate you if you voted for Trump, nor do I think you are an environment-hating racist misogynist homophobe, but you do support one. And that means you are okay with that in this country. Shame on you.
I find the Trump Administration’s plan to melt the earth appalling. I figured snow will soon be non-existent, so I made it the header image of this article in case we one day forget what it looks like. Let’s start off simple here: the President, Vice-President, and Secretaries of State, Justice, Interior, Agriculture, Health, Housing, and Energy are all climate change skeptics. Ok then…
Furthermore, the Chief of Staff, Head of the Environmental Protection Agency (!!!), Budget Director, Chief Strategist, Director of National Intelligence, Director of the National Trade Council, and the Public-liason Advisor are also all climate change skeptics.
Take a moment to consider that.
Moment up? The Head of the Environmental Protection Agency being a climate change skeptic should be mildly concerning, to say the least. That seems pretty backwards to me. I mean, it is called the Environmental Protection Agency, right? Environmental. Protection. So then, doesn’t putting a climate change skeptic in charge of it…doesn’t that not…protect it? My brain hurts.
The National Parks Service won a special place in my heart (as if they didn’t already have one) by more or less telling the Trump Administration that they’re stupid. If you missed this glorious display of the First Amendment, check it out here.
The Donald and his fellow GOP-ers continue to insist that the earth is fine, that there’s no proof of global warming or climate change, and that our money would be better spent on things not related to the UN’s work to stop (or at least slow) climate change. You know, like a giant, multi-billion dollar wall. Let’s revisit some stats from my last piece on climate change. These stats all came from NASA’s climate page. You know NASA, right? The space people? Some of the smartest people on the planet. The ones who say global warming does exist and is a threat. Not the orange one who screams “wall” and “MAGA” like a baby screams for milk.
The sea level has risen 6.7 inches in the past century. Why? Go to your freezer. Take out an ice cube. Put it in the palm of your hand for a few seconds. What happens? It begins to melt! Why? Because it’s exposed to warmth. All of a sudden, you start to have less ice in your hand and more water.
Those of you who are skeptical about climate change may (or may not) be skeptical about these things called polar ice caps. If you walk north or south long enough, you’ll come to them. Unfortunately, as the ice is exposed to increasing warmth (like the ice cube in your hand), it begins to melt. Then the sea rises. And then New York and Los Angeles are under water and Donald Trump is screaming for a wall to keep the water out.
1880 was 137 years ago. That’s a lot of years. In that time, there have been two world wars, almost a nuclear war, the Cubs and Red Sox both went on massive World Series droughts, women were given the right to vote, and racism came, went, then came back. But did you know that of those 137 years, the 10 warmest ones have all occurred in the past 12 years.
See, this is where I get confused. Right off the bat, those should be two facts that make people go “you know what, maybe the world is getting warmer.” Instead, the Donald Trump’s and Mike Pence’s of the world stand there and go “nah, it’s China.” Ok then.
Let’s see what else.
Ocean temperatures are rising. Glaciers, which are made of ice, are receding (melting), Greenland and Antarctica (also made of ice) have lost and extreme amount of ice (Greenland: 150-250 kilometers each year, Antarctica: 162 kilometers each year between 2002 and 2005), the United States has experienced record high temperatures (on Christmas Day 2015, it was 70 degrees in Philly. I wore shorts and a t-shirt on a Christmas hike that day), ocean acidity due to pollution is up a whopping 30%, and it’s snowing a lot less. For those of you who are unaware, it has to be cold to snow. Less snow correlates with less cold, which technically correlates with more heat.
If you want to read more or read to make sure I’m not making these things up, all of these facts came from NASA’s Global Climate Change page.
Where does this leave us?
Well, it depends on who you are. If you liked this article (and I really hope you did), I hope you realize that this isn’t an article on an adventure or my year in review. This is an article on a serious cause. This is a stand for what is logical and what is right. The Republican Party refers to themselves as pro-life, but disregarding the well-being of our planet is an utter disregard for human life. The fact of the matter is, this is not a joke. This is the second time I’ve written an article on this issue, because now, more than ever, it is something that needs to be addressed.
But hey, don’t listen to me. Listen to the scientists. The smartest people in the world agree that climate change is real. If, however, you would rather listen to an orange businessman who doesn’t have the slightest clue about climate change, then you are exactly what is wrong with this world.
Major shout out to the National Park Service, Environmental Protection Agency, and NASA #Resist.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
“Nothing can withstand the power of the human will if it is willing to stake its very existence to the extent of its purpose.” – Benjamin Disraeli
“Sooner or later, we will have to recognise that the Earth has rights, too, to live without pollution. What mankind must know is that human beings cannot live without Mother Earth, but the planet can live without humans.” – Evo Morales