The recent election has proved that climate change is not only a domestic issue, but a global one as well. Secretary of State John Kerry became the highest-ranking U.S government official to visit Antarctica last week, another accomplishment for his conservation and environmentalist mission. With Trump’s election come not only concerns about immigration, hate crimes, and a plethora of domestic issues, but an intense fear that all progress to limit global warming through international agreements will be destroyed. Kerry, who will leave office January 20th when Trump takes the presidency, has vowed that he will rejoin politics, this time as a climate-change activist, campaigning against members of Congress who, despite a plethora of firm and sound evidence from the best scientists in the world, still dispute the validity of climate science. Tomorrow, Kerry will urge delegates at a UN conference on climate change to redouble their efforts to limit emissions.

Trump has made it clear that he believes climate change is “a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese to undermine the American economy” and his appointees are avid climate change denialists who will likely press him to abandon any American commitments to reduce emissions and slow a global warming. Climate change has more far-reaching effects than just an impact on the United States. Kerry has stated that “If global climate change keeps moving at the pace it is, there are going to be climate refugees, there are going to be climate conflicts, there are going to be food conflicts.” We can no longer ignore the consequences of our destructive actions against the environment. Not only are there disastrous physical implications, but political ones as well. I, like many environmentalists, am extremely fearful for what future Trump administration does (or does not do) in regards to the environment, but am hopeful that activists, like Kerry, will not back down from the fight to have increased recognition for the immensity of this issue.

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