Hi everyone, Alexx here. The whole world is watching the US election and even though some of us are on the outside looking in, it impacts us too.
As an environmentalist this election deeply concerns me. I wanted to let my readers know in a quick post why US politics matters so much in terms of global climate change.
More importantly, I want to offer a glimpse of hope. This is not the time to quit, this is the time to keep pushing for change.
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The Power of the US Election on Climate Change
The first and most important point I want to make is that no matter the outcome of the election, we must keep fighting for change.
It is easy to become discouraged when you see and hear leaders not supporting the science of climate change, but the voices of change need to be louder.
When you’re feeling discouraged and down, please rest, but do not quit.
We can do this, regardless if the US election outcome pushes us back or moves us forward.
United States of America has the Highest Emission Rates per Capita
United States is one of the highest historical emitters of greenhouse gases that drive climate change.
Although they argue with their emissions because countries like China emit more overall, the per capita argument can be made.
Per capita means emissions per person. It relates emissions to population and shows that for the population of the US they have the highest emissions.
1. We Need the USA to Commit to A Greener Future
As one of the biggest emitters as seen above, it is crucial to have the US committed to lowering emissions and transitioning to a greener future.
2. US Cooperation is Needed for Other Developing Countries to Commit
Since the US is a major emitter, it is important to other countries that they also have to put in the work to commit to lower emissions.
When the US refuses to commit fully to this transition, other countries wonder why they should even bother when
a) US emissions will continue to push climate change
b) Why should a major emitter get to opt out and the others pay for their emissions
3. Developing Countries Need Cooperation and Developed Countries like the US
When thinking about greener energy it is important to understand that countries that are still developing deserve the fair chance to develop and increase their quality of life.
In order to do this we need historically high emitters like the US to cooperate and support the growth of these countries.
If the US and countries like the US do not cooperate, you can see how emissions will continue to grow as they keep emitting and developing countries start to emit more.
Climate Action is a Collective Action that Requires Global Cooperation
Evidently, global warming (the current climate change trend we see now) requires global cooperation.
The US election matters because if the US begins to step in the greener direction, others will follow.
Do Not Lose Hope and Keep Going
To those of us on the outside looking in, and to those voting for a better future: no matter what happens do not lose hope.
Even though it can be scary that we need global cooperation, remember that we have global support.
We need to keep fighting for change and speaking up for what is right.
We can do this.