As many of you saw, U.S. President Trump decided to withdraw the Paris Climate Accord, and side with Nicaragua and Syria, rather than the rest of the world’s countries in fighting global climate change. With ocean conditions already changing and ice sheets melting, corals bleaching, coasts eroding, seas rising and storms intensifying, this is disastrous news in the 11th hour. We as a globe cannot afford this to happen, and we must take action.
There are two things to do: first, examine your own actions. Are you complicit in making climate change worse? I know I am. I still fly excessively, I leave lights on, and occasionally I drive when I should walk. Many of us are guilty of this. If I am committing these smaller sins doesn’t responsibility for our climate crisis also lie with me, who should know better? If we are aiming to stop or slow this crisis and we must take responsibility as individual and organizations for our part.
Second, let’s fight the battle on the beaches. As you know STW has taken on Trump before and we’ve highlighted his hypocrisy on climate change. In his effort to build a 2.8km wall around his golf course in Ireland, he justified his proposal to protect his course from “rising sea levels and increased storm frequency and wave energy associated with global warming”. The Trump Organization will be soon back in Ireland with a new proposal, using climate change when convenient. We’ll need to be proactive in pushing back to highlight this hypocrisy when the time comes and we’ll need you. Sometimes a good offense is the best defense, so feel free in supporting us or other local organizations so we can be prepared.
We have been complicit for too long, and the hour for action is now.