Obama heads to Alaska to ring the alarm bell on climate change
By Jeremy Bloom
As the President himself points out in the accompanying video, “Climate change once seemed like a problem for future generations. But for most Americans, it’s already a reality. Deeper droughts, longer wildfire seasons, some of our cities even flood at high tide.”
He goes on to list the ways Alaska is suffering:
- Glaciers are melting.
- The hunting and fishing upon which generations have depended — for their way of life, and for their jobs — are threatened.
- Storm surges once held at bay now endanger entire villages.
- As Alaskan permafrost melts, some homes are even sinking into the ground.
- The state’s God-given natural treasures are at risk.
“Because what’s happening in Alaska isn’t just a preview of what will happen to the rest of us if we don’t take action,” the President points out. “It’s our wake-up call. The alarm bells are ringing. And as long as I’m President, America will lead the world to meet this threat — before it’s too late.”
You can follow along at WH.gov/Alaska