With newly elected President Trump, comes a steep struggle for climate change efforts and organizations – like the Sierra Club – that aim to reduce our carbon footprint on the world. According to an online article that the Sierra Club re-tweeted on their Twitter account, the Trump administration is beginning to alter EPA climate change websites. The article mentions how the Trump administration seems to be “killing off” climate change programs in a behind-the-scenes, secretive way. This is being confirmed as scientists are tracking the administration’s websites and data centers using the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI). According to a report by Climate Central, there is proof that changes have already been made on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) websites regarding climate change.
This poses a threat to the Sierra Club because their whole organization is centered around sustaining our Earth as much as possible. When changes are being made to these websites secretively, many people will be unaware and may use the information on these sites under the impression that they are credible or original content from the sources used on the websites. This also gives people false information about the urgency that climate change poses to our Earth and how we need to start implementing more sustainable uses of energy. When our nation is wrongly informed about scientific facts such as climate change, how we act, or don’t act, it has a lasting impact on the wildlife around the globe.
According to the World Wildlife Fund, “the rapid loss of species we are seeing today is estimated by experts to be between 1,000 and 10,000 times higher than the natural extinction rate.” That means if there are roughly 2 million species on our planet (which is a low estimate of the number of species out there), then roughly 200 to 2,000 species go extinct every single year.
I don’t know about you, but it seems very unethical of our president to go behind the public eye and change information on these websites with no indication of any information being altered. As the WWF reports, “Unlike the mass extinction events of geological history, the current extinction challenge is one for which a single species – ours – appears to be almost wholly responsible.” The fate of our world and the animals that inhabit it with us are literally in each and every one of our hands. If I was a part of the Sierra Club, I would suggest they keep posting about this controversial issue of sneaky behavior by Trump’s administration on all of their social media sites as well as their website. I also think the Sierra Club needs to organize a campaign that exposes what Trump’s administration is doing online and keeps talking about living clean to combat the issue. The Sierra Club could establish a new hashtag that follows the theme of the campaign so it can circulate around a large online audience.