Where do we go from here?

I was hesitant about posting something after the elections, but after I saw this article about Trump’s plans to put Myron Ebell, director of the Center for Energy and Environment, in charge of leading the EPA transition team, I felt compelled to write something especially since I’m in graduate school for public health.

Climate change is an issue we need to address. The sea level has been slowly rising and we’ll lose our coastal cities before the end of the century if we don’t acknowledge that global warming is REAL and do something about it. Long Island, Miami, New Orleans, all the tourist/beachy destinations you want to go on vacation to will be lost with the continuing rise in sea levels. Our beautiful coral reefs will die because of the increase in ocean temperatures, as we are already witnessing with the bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef.

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The agriculture and livestock industry contributes 18% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, we’re abusing and depleting our non-renewable energy sources and causing more unnatural disasters history has ever seen. We have the renewable resources within reach (solar energy, wind power, tidal wave power!) but we continue to push on for oil and resorting to unconventional methods such as hydro-fracking and extracting oil from tar sands, all the while bulldozing into sacred reservation lands for our greed for cheap gas… Our environment in America was built for cars and transportation, and we are not thinking of the bigger picture when our population continues to grow and when we eventually run out of space for people. We became so greedy at the thought of having bigger lands to occupy, bigger houses to buy, etc. that we don’t think of the repercussions to our purchases–the bigger homes are in the suburbs, which lead to an increase in personal vehicle purchases, longer drives, and overall a greater sprawl on land that could essentially be used to grow more food to feed us. All of this contributes to greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to the warming of the planet and the gradual destruction of our environments and ecosystems.

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People might not care about this issue because they won’t live long enough to see more drastic evidence that climate change is real, but what about the habitats for the animals and the destruction of ecosystems because of the warmer climates and the melting of the ice caps, of the oil spills and fertilizer runoff that makes dead zones in our oceans where no marine life can thrive? What about the future generations, our future children, our future grandchildren? What kind of earth are we going to leave them when we are gone?

Going into public health and learning more about the global environment, climate change, and what we can do is so frustrating because I see that we have the potential to take steps to correct the massive damage that we have done to the earth over the past century, but that there are so many obstacles that still stand in our way i.e. Trump and Ebell. The evidence is in front of our eyes to prove that climate change IS happening–the too-frequent earthquakes that are happening right on US soil in the Midwest, the devastating hurricanes that are destroying homes in Haiti and cities in the South… We take a couple steps forward with the growing momentum to invest in renewable energy, but I feel as though we have taken an incredible number of steps back with the election results and the change that is inevitably going to happen.

It’s frustrating because I want to be optimistic for our future. I want the progress that we’ve made in America to continue and not be reversed. I want my friends and family of color, immigrants, LGBTQ, Muslims, etc. to not have to fear for their safety or their lives when they leave their homes to go to school or to work, or just to run simple errands in their neighborhoods. I want to trust that our nation has more good people than intolerant people who will continue to foster love and acceptance…

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I’d like to hear anyone’s thoughts on this if you feel like sharing. I apologize for this gloomy post, but as a future public health professional, I felt compelled to share my thoughts on the environmental implications that will occur if conservatives reverse the progress we’ve been making in the environmental health and climate change arena.

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6 thoughts on “Where do we go from here?

  1. samanthamurdochblog November 10, 2016 / 1:36 am

    Great post – I was quite distressed when I heard his intentions towards the EPA. The rest of the world looks to the U.S. for example…yes, I won’t be alive, but it is such a selfish attitude to harbour…”I won’t see it so it doesn’t matter..”
    Worrying times. Great post x

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    • Belinda November 10, 2016 / 9:44 pm

      Definitely, and thank you for your thoughts Samantha! It is painful to think that the US has always set an example, and for the first time in years, we will most likely be the worst example to follow, and probably be a laughingstock to other countries because of what may come.. I’m trying to be optimistic that the government will do its job and keep him in check since that’s all we can do right about now. But it’s a very sad time for most of us here at school since we are all worried about healthcare coverage and the environment in the coming years :\

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      • samanthamurdochblog November 11, 2016 / 2:03 am

        Well, as you say, fingers crossed he has some sensible advisors who will implement enough of his proposals to keep the electoral happy but in a toned down, sensitive way…it will be very sad if America does become so “isolationist’…perhaps he will be a popular figurhead for the party.

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      • Belinda November 12, 2016 / 4:18 pm

        We’re all trying to be positive given the circumstances, and many people everywhere are aware that now more than ever we need to be involved in social movements and activism in order to continue to progress, no matter our sentiments about the election ><

        My main concern is that people feel safe and that we can turn things around and stop the hate and violence that have taken over the country this week 😦

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      • samanthamurdochblog November 12, 2016 / 4:48 pm

        Yes. Well said, I hope too that it can be stopped, and people will see reason again x

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