The President-elect, Donald J. Trump is preparing his cabinet and will begin his tenure as the 45th President of the United States of America in two days time. As January 20th approaches, the impending change of the guard has got most conservationists incredibly worried about the future. Trump has stated on multiple occasions that he does not believe in climate change and his prospective EPA nominee, Scott Pruitt is an outspoken climate denier as well.
But let us not lose sight of the positive things in American politics – President Obama is still fighting to protect our environment. He as been working day and night during the last months of his term to safeguard America’s land and waterways from polluters and on January, 17th, Obama made his efforts global and transferred $500 million to the UN’s Green Climate Fund.
The Green Climate Fund was established in 2010 and is an organization that provides financial aid for undeveloped and developing nations who are trying to reduce their carbon emissions while continuing to grow their economy. This is crucial because developing nation’s carbon footprints vastly outstrip developed ones – dirty fuel is cheap fuel and clean energy has an upfront cost, so poorer nations are more likely to use coal and other high-polluting energy sources. That’s where the Green Climate Fund comes in; they provide the financial assistance that allows developing nations to implement sustainable energy sources that these nations would otherwise be unable to afford.
President Obama initially committed three billion dollars to the Green Climate Fund, but he will only able to give the fund one billion dollars support before he leaves office, the Obama administration transferred $500 million back in March. He did this despite staunch opposition from the GOP-dominated Congress that was against the transfers. And while there may be no more payments to fund, there is almost no way for the current funding to be rescinded. Obama has once again thwarted the climate deniers and secured one billion dollars to fight global warming – way to go Barry!
As President Obama leaves office, it will be more important that ever that we keep up the fight against climate change. While the incoming administration may not be receptive to the dangers climate change poses to our environment, we need to let them know that this issue is important to the American people. There are a myriad of petitions extolling Trump to take up the fight against climate change; add your voice the the the masses of other concerned citizens today. You can also combat global warming by eating less meat and dairy. If you cut meat out of your diet for one year, you can cut your carbon footprint in half. To learn more about how your eating habits are affecting the plant join One Green Planet’s #EatForThePlanet movement and start saving the planet one bite at a time.
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