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In a deeply disappointing development for environmentalists, Mr Trump plans to cancel billions of dollars in payments to the United Nations climate change programs. He has said he would redirect the funds to pay for infrastructure projects in the US. He has also promised to lift restrictions on fracking and boost American oil and natural gas production. He would lift roadblocks to the Keystone Pipeline. Environmental activists fought hard to convince the Obama administration to stop the infrastructure project, warning against the effects of the increase in oil production. It’s path between Alberta, Canada and Nebraska in the United States was also said to damage fragile ecosystems.
The decision to abolish the Department for Energy and Climate Change has been variously condemned as “plain stupid”, “deeply worrying” and “terrible” by politicians, campaigners and experts.One of Theresa May’s first acts as Prime Minister was to move responsibility for climate change to a new Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.
The US and British push on fracking against people’s wishes could be a game changer – there is a great story about an Australian town that banned bottled water in protest about a water extraction plant that was proposed to be built in the town. Once environmental issues are brought to people’s front doors they start to care a whole lot more than they did when they couldn’t see how it personally affected them. The community in Balcombe was united by it’s opposition to fracking and they became determined to switch from fossil fuels to solar energy. People in these places have been brought together by a common enemy, forming stronger communities and have now prioritised environmental issues which didn’t seem so urgent previously.
The surge in racist incidents could be seen as a time to reach out and build bridges between communities. Imagine you were on a train and you heard someone verbally abusing another person because of their appearance, the language they spoke or their skin colour. You could choose to look down and do nothing or you could choose to show solidarity to the person being subjected to the racial abuse and maybe even make a new friend. If it became common practise for people to stand by people being treated in this way, racists would feel a whole lot less comfortable being openly racist and people worried about being subjected to racism would feel safer. Watch the short video below to find out how we can all disrupt racism.
We don’t know how Brexit and the election of Trump will all pan out in the long run, but what we do know is that we all have the power and responsibility to to make our world a better place and it’s up to us to use it.