Trump’s Reckless View of Climate Change Endangers Us All

Donald Trump likes to take things. Money, electoral “help” from outside of the country and civility with a view to rapidly tossing it out of the window. He’s also big on taking the US out of a lot of significant international agreements, such as the TPP and the Iran Nuclear Deal, both of which will have consequences for the US and the rest of world for years to come. However, indisputably the biggest take that Trump has inflicted thus far? Taking the US out of Paris Climate Agreement (PCA).

It’s well known that Trump has an obsession with wacky theories, just look at Birtherism, and rubs shoulders with the political equivalents of Flat-Earthers. Worryingly, after years of railing against climate change, declaring it at one point to be a “Chinese hoax”, whatever that is supposed to mean, on assuming office in 2017, he went full tin-foil hat wearer and pulled the US out of the PCA within six months.

Let’s be under no illusions here. Climate change is very real, very scary and very much here. The alarm bells are ringing, the red flags are a-rising and coastal metropolises around the world are starting to eye up the seas and oceans more with trepidation than admiration.

According to the Union of Concerned Scientists:

“Global warming is already having significant and harmful effects on our communities, our health, and our climate. Sea level rise is accelerating. The number of large wildfires is growing. Dangerous heat waves are becoming more common. Extreme storm events are increasing in many areas. More severe droughts are occurring in others.” [1]