As an environmentalist, I am bracing myself for the worst case scenarios our current elected president and his administration could implement.
In recent years, the world has slowed its impact on the environment by making strides in sustainable and renewable energy sources and, finally, recognizing that climate change is real.
The world is looking at Trump’s environmental agenda of climate change denial, appointing fossil fuel-friendly people to key organizations, promising to take an axe on environmental protections.
We, as a people, can stump Trump on his path of environmental destruction.
Step 1: Apply local pressure
Each time a republican president took office over the past few decades, the U.S. saw protections of the environment rolled back or denied, resulting in looser standards for air pollution and loopholes in fracking regulations that directly affect air and water quality. We as a nation are still seeing the ramifications of those changes today, following the George W. Bush, Cheney, and Newt Gingrich era.
Do your research of your elected local officials to see where they stand on environmental issues affecting your county, city, and state. Let your voice be heard, join environmental action groups and be a part of the big picture in saving and protecting the very water you drink and the air you breathe.
Step 2: Diversify the movement
Environmentalist and advocates agreed that to succeed in fighting climate change and preserving, protecting, and sustaining the environment it’s going to take a broad-based strategy that engages more people from diverse populations and new allies to fight climate change.
Let’s talk new allies, Starbucks, General Mills and Hewlett Packard and over 360 companies and investors made a plea in an open letter to Trump and Congress to continue the U.S. participation on the climate change Paris Agreement, which Trump has threatened scrap.
“Failure to build a low-carbon economy puts American prosperity at risk, but the right action now will create jobs and boost U.S. competitiveness,” the letter states. “Implementing the Paris Agreement will enable and encourage businesses and investors to turn the billions of dollars in existing low-carbon investments into the trillions of dollars the world needs to bring clean energy and prosperity to all.”
As a nation, we cannot win on the environment front with policies alone, because our current elected administration will block, delay and stream forward if Trump keeps his promises.
To Stump Trump’s environmental agenda, it will take: applying pressure on the local level and a diverse population and new allies to fight for environmental protection, preservation and a sustainable future.
Cathy Allen is an award-winning Urban Environmentalist, the co-creator of G.R.A.S.S. (Growing Resources After Sowing Seed) as well as Chair of the “Grow-It Eat It” campaign. G.R.A.S.S. is an environmental entrepreneurial nonprofit program based on the fundamentals of gardening, agriculture and ecology. In conjunction with Baltimore City Public Schools, Allen’s campaign has planted over a half-million trees on the lawns of Baltimore City public schools.