Nothing proves Donald Trump’s incomprehension of climate change more than his apparent belief that science and politics are mutually exclusive. We were offered a glimmer of hope when he admitted human activity and global warming might be ‘somewhat’ connected… until he unveiled plans to stop funding NASA’s Earth science division. An act in favour of ‘solid science’ according to his advisory team.
Rather than continuing to foster the link between NASA’s ground-breaking climate research and the government – who hold the power to accelerate Earth’s preservation, Trump is convinced we would benefit more from funding NASA to ‘explore the entire solar system by the end of the century’ instead. What will happen to us here on our globe remains to be seen. The idea of making new discoveries about the solar system sounds awe-inspiring indeed; observing the patterns of our decaying Earth remains urgent.
One of Trump’s campaign advisers, Bob Walker discredited NASA’s examination of critical challenges facing our planet by re-labelling the crucial developments with hyperbolic buzzwords like ‘politically correct environmental monitoring’. Why monitoring the hazardous weather events, polluted atmosphere and chaotic temperatures of Earth is condemnable, nobody knows. I doubt Bob Walker could expand on this himself.
NASA is a reliable source of climate information for anybody who is willing to face the reality of our Earthly situation as it was founded on a belief that pioneering technology could enable them to make explorations for the benefit of humankind. And contrary to the current political climate, most of us aren’t sick of hearing from experts. We would actually be quite grateful if they could continue to help us create a future for ourselves and our relatives.
Perhaps the most maddening consequence of this decision is another falsification by Bob Walker, who claims ‘half’ of the world’s climatologists doubt the role of human activity in climate change. In actuality, over 97% of climate scientists believe that human activity is its leading cause. So far, only one man has said the crisis is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese, and his word allegedly overrules multiple peer-reviewed scientific studies.
Now, more than ever, it is up to each of us to adapt our individual actions to suit the needs of the planet and to realise that doing so will not inconvenience us in the long or short term. Businesses have the technology available to develop green practices and we all have the ability to print less and recycle more. Please don’t rely on any political source from the US or UK to make climate change a priority – it has to start with you.