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Students protest against Israel-Hamas war with campus encampment
Students protest against Israel-Hamas war with campus encampment
Dallas Wiertella April 30, 2024

Environment threatened by Trump

Environment threatened by Trump

“No challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change,” former President Obama stated during a 2015 State of the Union address.

But with an agenda reducing environmental regulations on industry building and pushing oil pipelines, placing the self-described “leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda” Scott Pruitt as head of the EPA, and a history of tweets about the fakeness and need for global warming, President Trump has created concern about the future of the environment.

Climate change and global warming related to human activity has been proven by reputable, scientific sources. Shifting temperature patterns have disastrous effects on ecosystems on a local and global scale. We can already see the changes, such as melting polar ice caps in Antarctica or extreme storms and flooding in the United States.

We are living on a planet with finite natural resources, such as water, minerals, land and oil. Imagine living in a world without clean water, or fuel in our cars or trucks that transport goods that we consume daily. Once we use up or ruin these essential tools of life, we as a human race are done.

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We can only imagine the world our future generations will live in. But fear and anxiety are no strangers to us right now with Trump as the POTUS. Those in science fields are already alarmed about the future of the globe, even without Trump’s actions and attitude about the environment. His strides forward will end up bringing us down faster and further.

We need to fight. The stronger threat of global warming and climate change should motivate us to protect the assets of the earth; we need to unite and actively protect the planet. Scientists and those involved in sustainability need to be louder now more than ever about concerns and what people can do to help. We must conduct our lives in a conscientious way to benefit the planet, such as recycling or conserving water and energy whenever possible.

Each of Trump’s actions against the environment only spark energy within those who seek to create change for a better future, not only for ourselves and our families, but the entire human race.

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