Before the Flood, the new President and climate change

As most of us were shocked to discover last week, businessman Donald Trump became the new president of the United States through the Electoral College vote. One of the main concerns for many people is his stance on climate change, or rather, the denial of climate change.

It seems that Trump neither accepts the scientific evidence nor is interested in limiting the use of fossil fuels. He believes that “the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive”.

What does that mean for the future of our planet? If the most powerful man in the world neither believes or accepts the rapidly changing and disastrous effects that modern industry has on our planet where does that leave the fight to preserve the environment?

After having watched National Geographic’s documentary with Oscar-winning actor and UN Messenger of Peace, Leonardo DiCaprio the effects of climate change don’t seem so made up. In “Before the Flood” DiCaprio visits different parts of the world, including Greenland, Canada, China, India, Indonesia, Argentina and the US, that are affected by climate change. He speaks to scientists, journalists, politicians and people who are affected by climate change in a real way.

Here are some grueling facts from the documentary:

  • 50% of coral reefs have been lost in the last 30 years
  • Tropical forest areas in Indonesia are being burned down to make way for the palm oil industry
  • Our planet is getting warmer causing the ice-covered poles to melt, making sea levels rise and submerging cities

How are these facts deniable and why don’t politicians care? Why aren’t more bills passed to protect the environment and the livelihood of billions of people around the earth?

While the science of climate change is undeniable and very clear, right wing politicians and media insist that it is made up. The reason is the extensive lobbying of the fossil fuel industry. As hard as it is to believe, more than 1/3 of the members in Congress are climate change deniers (mainly due to lobbying and money-fueled interests), which make it incredibly difficult for environment friendly bills to passed and implemented.

While the future seems bleak, it’s not all negative. Governments across the world are constantly looking for renewable energy sources like wind and solar energy. In Denmark up to 100% of the country’s energy needs are generated from wind power. Even China is working on finding solutions to replace fossil fuels with wind and solar power.

While former heads of states have been discussing the issue and trying to come up with solutions, it’s very clear that our new President will have no interests in this, whatsoever. Why? Because he is first and foremost a right wing businessman.

Not all hope is lost yet though – here is what you can do:

  •  Eat less meat. The production of beef is responsible for 10-12% of the carbon dioxide emission of the US alone
  •   Vote for politicians that believe in and want to protect the environment for future generations
  • Limit your carbon dioxide emission
  • Buy less and buy quality when it comes to clothing and other things, they’ll last longer - support sustainable brands that are focused on creating less waste both in production and in the lifespan of their products.

 Visit beforetheflood.com for more information.

Leonardo DiCaprio in Greenland. Last 5 years 5ft of ice have melted.

Leonardo DiCaprio in Greenland. Last 5 years 5ft of ice have melted.