The year I was born, 1951, only 2.5 billion people inhabited our planet. Today we are approaching 7.8 billion people. This is truly the greatest challenge we face to our survival. 

We didn’t then experience the huge increase in fossil fuel use that threatens our very existence today, although scientists understood in 1951 that industrialization was warming our planet. The true definition of insanity is destroying all our food and water sources while we are reaching a population tipping point.

We have lost more than 50% of all coral reef systems to warming oceans. These reefs support 25% of all marine life and we are facing times of starvation for many subsistence fishermen. While our deserts are growing and we are losing the plants that protect us from CO2, 10% of the world’s population is undernourished or starving. The shortages we see in our grocery stores are only the beginning of what is to come. 

In a world dealing with COVID-19, it seems all efforts to address climate change have been put on the table. The existential threat demands immediate attention. Vice president Biden has proposed innovative and actual changes that can keep our planet livable.

Just last month he presented his climate agenda which included the following:

Embracing investments in clean energy technology with the realization that we have less than twelve years to make substantive changes.

He will propose emission limits where polluters must bear the full cost of emissions. 

He will expand programs to help farmers who use carbon sequestering practices.

Biden will create millions of jobs in clean energy and support those workers who have given their lives to make us an industrial nation with help for coal miners.

What has President Trump done?

He has denied that climate change even exists and attempted to eliminate more than 100 policies which protect our environment. 90 of these actions have been successfully opposed by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in court. 

Now he tries to open up Alaska to major destruction.

The National Geographic Society has been documenting the obtuse actions of President Trump regarding climate change and documented fifteen ways he is destroying our future. Here are just a few of those:

He pulled us out of Paris Climate Agreement.

He has tried to scrap the clean power plan of the EPA. 

Under his direction, the EPA has loosened regulation s on toxic air pollution.

He has even removed climate change from the list of national security threats.

Patricia Turner is a retired marine research scientist.

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