Trump’s decision to detach from the Paris Accord should not come as a surprise to anyone. Especially the more Progressive thinker. He has expressed repeatedly his view, or lack of, from the very beginning. He has made clear that he is anti-science and does not take climate change serious.
However, Trump and his administration are mere symptoms of this issue. To be shocked or blame him alone would be myopic. Neglect of the environment and climate issues did not just begin. Both parties have contributed to our present calamity. People have been suffering as a result for years.
Unfortunately, the Island Nations of Oceania have experienced the wrath of this increasing disaster long before June 1. The Islanders of the Pacific were probably the first of many climate refugees. They have been seeking constant asylum not from corrupt government tactics but from climate change! These poor people have been on the front line of climate change. One of the Islands Tuvalu is almost wiped out. But we have to note that this has been happening post Trump administration! I must add that Ghana is also on this list of having climate refugees. This coastal country on the Motherland is experiencing tragedies from the sea warming and impacting their villages. The increase of climate refugees is becoming clear.
The USA has to acknowledge our own climate refugees from turbulent weather patterns and disasters. Have we forgotten Hurricane Katrina? In 2005, Katrina killed 1,200 people and caused more than $100 billion in damages. We witnessed tons of people having to leave their homes and migrate to other states. This was not a choice. They were forced out of their homes. The blatant neglect before and after Katrina can only be to the impact of climate change and environmental racism.
People here in the U.S. that live in deplorable and low socioeconomic places carry the burden of health risks and targets for catastrophes. For example, many black and brown people live in areas withdangerous industrial pollution. Also, these groups live near hazardous waste and toxic sites. Native Americans also experience these same living conditions. Low income families also attend schools with lead and asbestos. All of these issues have been ongoing.
So, climate change and environmental racism is not a new problem or a Trump issue. The corporate greed and privileged attitudes have made it easy to turn our heads or place blame.
Therefore, the Green Party will have to take the lead on this. Align with other Progressives and resist. Execute plans that will slow climate trends down. We will need to employ programs that will create jobs and transitions for people of color that are being effected by climate change. If the power is in our hands as it should be, we will need to become a party of action and resilience.
GPFL State Spokesperson