The class of 2031 files in a straight line from their tiny, first-grader sized desks down to the playground. Passing the colorful walls covered in their crayon art projects, they reach the playground and swing, laugh and have fun like kids should at recess.
It doesn’t feel very long ago many of us were in those very same hallways. For seniors in high school, that 12 years probably felt like nothing.
According to a new report’s findings by the EPA, 12 years is all we have before climate change is going to become “irreversible.” That means members of the Class of 2031 will be among the generation which inherits a world literally “trashed” by previous generations.
The report puts the spotlight on the President Trump’s current non-existent efforts to halt the effects of man-made climate change. Trump has long held that climate change is a “myth” and has repeatedly denounced scientific evidence to the contrary.
According a recent statement by the United Nations, “The impact of climate change can still be slowed down if countries around the world take unprecedented action to reduce their use of fossil fuels and release less carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the air.”
But as President of the United States, Donald Trump has publicly dismissed the climate change report made by members of his own administration and disagrees with the UN’s reaction.
The report’s findings outline how climate change will cost the U.S. hundreds of billions of dollars annually, and that if unchecked, will cause significant public safety risks. It additionally reaffirms what has been published in countless other climate change reports that it is a man-made affair.
“It’s horrible,” said Southmoreland biology and chemistry teacher Mr. Sean Cartwright said of the President’s reaction. “He (Trump) gives his administration these scientists that do reports, and then he won’t give them the time of day.”
Southmoreland second grade teacher Mrs. Tammy Tabaj said the people who will suffer are the children who right now are more skilled with crayons than pencils.
“Children in the elementary and middle schools are going to grow up knowing nothing about a clean world,” said second grade teacher Mrs. Tabaj, “That’s the shame of it all. The children suffer.”
President Donald Trump has gone on the record to say he had only read “some” of the report and that he “doesn’t believe it.”
Trump has had a history of having a disbelief in climate change, “It’s late in July and it is really cold outside in New York. Where the hell is GLOBAL WARMING??? We need some fast! It’s now CLIMATE CHANGE,” President Trump tweeted in July.
“It feels like at that point no one really cares anymore,” said biology teacher Mr. Zack Cavalier. “We elect this guy that just has no regard to the environment and then we expect him to care,” said Southmoreland.
“Brutal and Extended Cold Blast could shatter ALL RECORDS – Whatever happened to Global Warming?” Trump tweeted last month.
“They publish these findings and he doesn’t care; it’s amazing,” Mr Cartwright said, adding that as President of the United States, voters”elected him to care about these kinds of things.”
If Trump runs for reelection and wins, there will be only six years remaining before the 2031 deadline when his term expires in 2025.
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