Have you noticed the weather in Oklahoma lately? I enjoy the feeling of spring creeping up on
us, but some days isn’t it freezing? I know what you’re thinking: that’s Oklahoma for you.
But what if I told you it’s not just Oklahoma?
As the Trump Administration pulls the country away from efforts to decrease our carbon
footprint, global warming is increasingly giving way to environmental changes that, at times,
result in death.
Last year President Trump signed a bill removing the Stream Protection Rule, an order enacted
by former President Barack Obama which prevents the coal industry from dumping toxic waste
into rivers and streams.
Not to mention Trump’s genius idea to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement
despite America being the second largest contributor of greenhouse gases.
The Washington Post reported that sudden drops in temperature have occurred over North
America in recent years. “Climate researchers say they could become more frequent as global
warming further saps strength from the air currents around the pole,” the newspaper said.
The article pointed to the Arctic, which has been unnaturally warm in the recent years.
The permafrost, or the frozen topsoil, has melted, giving way to greenhouse gases which pollute
National Geographic Magazine defines permafrost as “a permanently frozen layer below the
Earth’s surface. It consists of soil, gravel, and sand, usually bound together by ice. Permafrost
usually remains at or below freezing temperature for at least two years.”
Americans contribute to climate change in several ways; like increasing the use of transportation
fueled by fossil fuels, and wasting four billion tons of food annually.
We have made efforts to go green, but corporations affect the environment significantly as well.
The same corporations who pay for politicians, like Donald Trump, to run for office, are paying to
control history, science, and the idea that climate change isn’t real.