As Politicians & Business Elites drive the agenda, are we going in the right direction?
Apparently, “Explosive trees” is the new ‘scientific’ explanation, used by Donald Trump, to counter the theory of climate change. All jokes aside, the effects of climate change are truly devastating as the United States becomes the latest victim.
The fires rampaged across 2.7 million hectares of land, impacting states such as Oregon, California and Washington. The fires, therefore, have burnt down thousands of homes, forcing over 500,000 civilians to evacuate and left 37 confirmed dead. Sadly, the official data is unknown since many are still reported as ‘missing’, combined with the continuous momentum of the fires, analysts are thereby, bracing for the worst.
The red skies of America’s West Coast is not only a haunting sight for us all, but is symbolic of what the world would look like if we do not act now. With that in mind, how will the US government respond to such crisis?
Apparently being an international superpower is all bark, as Trump’s solution to tackle the current wildfires is to wait until the temperature becomes “cooler”, and to blame forest management for their incompetence. Trump did undergo a meeting regarding the fires where Gavin Newson (Californian Governor) tried to highlight that climate change was a contributing factor, and Oregon Governor, Kate Brown, called this tragedy a “wake-up call”. However, these words of warning were not enough to persuade Trump as he maintained his denial of climate change, stating that “I don’t think science actually knows”. With Trump’s plans to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, as well as his disregard for environmental issues, are we planting the seeds for our own destruction?
The UN are planning to co-host a global event, with the UK, on the 12th December this year, relating to the environmental crisis. UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, stated that this summit will be a “scaled up action and solidarity among nations”, despite the virus slowing the initial stages of the act until November 2021. The summit is designed for national governments to develop a more thorough plan and increase investment to further prevent global temperatures from rising above 1.5 °C.
By Nigel Tate: Political Columnist
Does climate change really create bushfires? Climate change does not directly cause bushfires, but provides the conditions for these natural disasters to last longer than usual, as well as have more of an extreme impact. Climatologists have claimed that climate change has increased the likelihood of bushfires in Australia by 30%. NGOs like Greenpeace and other environmentalist activist groups (such as Extinct Rebellion) have tried to push the environmental agenda through, but with Trump incorporating a business mindset into politics, the environmental crisis is likely to be pushed away.
Is there any hope?
With the UN and UK’s shared effort to combat climate change through announcing a more effective summit, it seems we may be moving in the right direction. Moreover, with Trump’s lack of concern towards the environment, the upcoming US general election is a perfect opportunity to enforce real change, as candidate Biden has promised to commit to the environmental cause.
Worldwide lockdowns have, unintentionally, made a huge positive contribution towards the environment, by considerably reducing the level of CO2 emissions. The effects of this can be seen across the world, as New Delhi experienced no smog since the introduction of lockdown. The lockdown demonstrates that all governments have the capacity to make a real difference, but as they attempt to revive their economy, this would undoubtedly continue to put pressure towards the environment.
So we wonder, what will it take for all governments to finally open their eyes?
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