Published on August 13th, 2015 | by Jeremy Bloom0
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