Obama: Climate change ‘is all real’
President Obama starts today its visit to Alaska, a state he’s pointing at as the undeniable evidence of the danger of climate change both for the US and the entire world. As Obama said during his weekly address last Saturday, the climate change threat “is all real” and that “Alaskans are already living with its effects” with more extensive wildfires, bigger storms and some of the swiftest shoreline erosion in the world.
Obama also said that “four villages are in imminent danger” and that “rising sea levels are beginning to swallow one island community.” He also went on to compare this situation with a hypothetical foreign threat. ““If another country threatened to wipe out an American town,” Obama said “we’d do everything in our power to protect ourselves. Climate change poses the same threat, right now.”
The main goal with his trip to Alaska is to talk “with Alaskans about how we can work together to make America the leader on climate change around the globe." He’ll also be visiting one of the state's shrinking glaciers to see the impact of climate in change in person. Additionally, Obama will become the first sitting president to visit communities in Alaska’s Arctic region.
“What’s happening in Alaska is happening to us,” said the President. “It’s our wakeup call. And as long as I’m president, America will lead the world to meet the threat of climate change before it’s too late.” The visit is seen as part of Obama’s environmental agenda, which has seen the President touting multiples policies to repel and diminish the ugly effects of climate change.
In that scenario, the tour to Alaska is yet another step against climate change, one that follows clean energy programs, increased safety standards in the US oil industry and international cooperation with Arctic nations. The visit, however, isn’t free from criticism, as several environmental organizations are complaining about Obama’s double standards, that allow Shell to drill for oil in the Arctic.
It remains to be seen how this visit will turn out. As of today, the tour is already making waves with the renaming of America’s tallest peak but given the president stance on climate change, it seems that that is just the beginning. In short, the visit will serve to support and forward the agenda mentioned above in the hopes of a change for the better for the entire country.
Check Obama’s weekly address below