The findings of the global climate report were released showing 4 years of data leading up to 2015. The report concluded that the last five years is the hottest on record. It marked 2015 as the first global year with temperatures more than a degree above Celsius following the pre-industrious era. Climate change matters because it does affect life on earth.
Sea levels have risen because the Arctic sea ice has melted. And extreme weather episodes occurred creating more events that resulted in the anthropogenic climate change. Climate change matters when these events take place and eventually have catastrophic consequences later on.
Donald Trump’s Presidency and Climate Change
Donald Trump was elected as the next president of the United States the same day the press release got published. How do the climate change matters and the elected Presidential candidate affect the here and now? The combination of these two events is disheartening. Trump named Myron Ebell, a climate skeptic, to run the Environmental Protection Agency transitions team. Trump has already stated the possibility of withdrawing from the Paris agreement of 2015.
The Paris agreement is an action plan that is set up by various strategies in place at reducing gas emissions and eventually eliminating net greenhouse gasses. One key priority in this agreement is that it encourages all international cooperation and make awareness globally so that everyone knows about the possibility of extinction on earth. This means the end of life for all plants, animals, and human beings. The agreement also states the intention of phasing out all fossil fuels. 109 countries endorsed this agreement.
The Next Four Years
Things aren’t looking good for the next four years where science and the world are concerned. The climate change matters that are current and the future within the science education department is at stake. Concerns are vast when looking at both of these two important issues. The effects and changes to each of these policies will far extend beyond that of a single presidential term.
Ann Reid, the executive director of NCSE (National Center for Science Education), was reached and answered several questions about the future of science education and the implications of changing any existing policy where climate change matters are concerned. Reid stated that the growing importance of climate change education is the most important environmental obstacle of this generation. Very few people over the age of 30 learned little about climate change. So the education of climate change to today’s youth is vital.
Reid states that the NCSE has developed a three-pronged strategy. Support the teachers, get teachers and scientist connected to help cover topics such as climate change matters, organize community climate change activities to get as many as involved as possible, and raise funds to help educate science teachers as well as give them the tools necessary to teach accurately in the classroom.
Trumps Future Presidency Under Siege for his Views on Climate Change
Trump’s presidency has sparked questions about how it will affect the public’s attitudes towards science and the overall science education program. Luckily the federal government has little control over local science education departments. Curricula are determined by the state on a state level. The real danger lays in the arguments that climate change doesn’t exist. That humans didn’t cause this or the sheer fact that climate change isn’t serious. Because it is.
Trump has also stated that he planned on killing the Clean Power Plan and cut all wasteful spending with federal funding for climate change. It is rumored that the Trump administration will destroy the climate and environmental regulations.
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