In recent years, climate science has gone through what could be described as a number of revolutionary developments. In terms of the climate itself, the impact of human made sources of pollution, emissions, and habitat destruction are accelerating the already rapid pace at which our planet is changing. The outcomes of this are many, including global warming, changing weather patterns, more powerful storms, rising sea levels, and mass extinction, and these factors may one day culminate to threaten the very habitability of our planet. Considering all this, it is very important to pay close attention to developments in the science associated with our climate. While there are many troubling developments in regards to our impact on the earth, technological advancements are increasingly improving our ability to assess and act on climate change. Better satellite imaging has improved our ability to measure global climate patterns and other developments like glacier and arctic sea ice loss. Additionally, advancements in green energy continue to aid in our ability to phase out fossil fuels and hopefully one day achieve carbon neutrality or even a carbon negative existence. However, much of these advancements depend on the motivation of the world’s population to address these problems. Much of the world’s governments are heavily influenced by industrial interests that actively work against to adoption of clean energy solutions to tackling our carbon footprint, causing long term damage to the planet in pursuit of short term profits. In the U.S., even more troubling developments are underway. Donald Trump, despite losing the popular vote by millions of votes, secured the electoral college victories necessary to win the presidential election. What many naively assumed to be campaign rhetoric regarding Trump’s climate change denial has now become the official policy of his upcoming administration, including even the CEO of Exxon Mobil as Secretary of State. In addition to the embarrassing nature of these developments, Trump’s administration will have the power to do unprecedented damage to the environment, due to the fact that not only the executive branch, but also the House of Representatives and the Senate are now controlled by a republican majority, many of whom have a history of climate change denialist stances and lobbying connections to the fossil fuel industry. It is clear that in light of the recent political developments in the United States that we need to have a climate change revolution. We need a revolution in the way that individual people think about their role in shaping the future of the planet. In order to counteract the damage that the next four years of the Trump administration will undoubtedly bring, Americans must come together in order to tackle climate change and see it for what it really is: as the greatest threat to humanity of our times, because under a Republican administration, we cannot sit by and trust our government to make the right decisions for us.
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