The aftermath of Australia’s fires proves that their climate tragedies are not over. The world cannot have leaders such as Trump.
Australia’s horrific fire season has at last eased, yet Australians are still facing catastrophes. Floods have destroyed homes, and The New York Times wrote that the “scientists call the current situation ‘compound extremes,’ in which one climate disaster fires intensifies the next floods.”
The fires have ultimately created hotter temperatures, which is unfavorable for several reasons. “Warmer temperatures do more than dry out the land. They also heat up the atmosphere, which means clouds hold more moisture for longer periods of time. So droughts get worse, giving way to fires, then to crushing rains that the land is too dry to absorb.”
Australia’s contaminated water, which was once clean, is filled with “ash and debris from the fires.” Also, “Up and down Australia’s east coast, trees killed by drought, charred by flame and toppled by thunderstorms have crushed cars and homes.” Australians have said they are scared to get groceries because “The trees are just falling across roads all over the place.”
What is even worse is that the “economic costs of the changing climate are skyrocketing.” Tourism has declined drastically, significantly hurting Australia’s economy. Also, “In the longer term, Australia should expect agricultural output and property values to suffer. A recent study said property losses related to climate change could reach 571 billion Australian dollars ($384 billion U.S dollars) by 2030, and 770 billion ($510 billion U.S.dollars) by 2100.”
With all these tragedies stemming from the fire, one would think that Australia’s government would immediately take action. Instead, “the Australian government has dismissed climate change for years. Now Australians in the disaster zone complain that the government has no definite plans to avoid future threats. “
Now more than ever, we need world leaders not to deny climate change exists but to take steps to fight its effects. Trump has proven to align his mindset with Australia’s current leaders, in the sense that he refuses to believe scientific evidence despite such horrendous events as the Australian and California fires. The concern is what if the United States faced a similar climate disaster as Australia? Would Trump handle the situation the same way the Australian leaders have, by doing little to prevent them? Trump’s prior actions demonstrate that he would.
Now is the time to participate in our Visual Disobedience Campaign against Trump’s re-election. Now more than ever, we need Millennials and Generation Z to participate in voting against Trump — especially those residing in the five prime/key swing states outlined in our campaign here. We must reverse the 2016 electoral college result where Trump won despite losing the popular vote.
Facts from this post primarily from this article in The New York Times.