Climate Marches Across America Tomorrow
This week, the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme of the Arctic Council released a new Snow, Water, Ice and Permafrost in the Arctic assessment. The assessment concludes that “With each additional year of data, it becomes increasingly clear that the Arctic as we know it is being replaced by a warmer, wetter, and more variable environment,” and warns that “In addition to the Arctic’s role in global sea- level rise and greenhouse gas emissions, the changes underway appear to be a ecting weather patterns in lower latitudes, even in uencing Southeast Asian monsoons.”
Yesterday, Jeremy Jones, founder of Protect Our Winters, testified before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection. The committee’s particular interest was in the impact of climate change on outdoor recreation. Jones, the founder of a snowboarding company, told Congress, “I have lived my life in the mountains, and I have witnessed the impact of climate change on our winters firsthand… Snowpack is now confined to the highest elevations, and what should be falling as snow is now falling as rain. Our seasons are noticeably shorter. We know that if we do not act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, we will see the end of winter as we know it.”
Last year, the Environmental Protection Agency warned that “In the West and Northeast, snow accumulation is expected to decrease, likely decreasing the number of days when recreational snow activities can take place, and potentially resulting in considerable job losses.” Donald Trump claimed that he was going to increase the number of jobs, but it seems that jobs in winter outdoor recreation don’t matter to him.
Donald Trump is also eliminating jobs in climate science, slashing the budgets of practically every government program that studies climate change and helps local communities cope with the considerable economic damage caused by increasingly erratic weather and sea level rise. Trump has directed U.S. federal agencies to downplay the climate crisis, reducing or eliminating references to climate change, as if that alone will end the problem.
Tomorrow, in Washington D.C. and hundreds of other communities across the nation, people will be out in the streets participating in People’s Climate Marches, “to show the world and our leaders that we will resist attacks on our people, our communities and our planet.”
Join them, if you can.