I Speak for the Trees: An Open Letter to President Trump

Courtesy of nasa.gov

“You look at our air and our water and it’s right now at a record clean. But when you look at China and you look at parts of Asia and when you look at South America, and when you look at many other places in this world, including Russia, including — just many other places — the air is incredibly dirty. And when you’re talking about an atmosphere, oceans are very small. And it blows over and it sails over.”

You said that, Mr. President. You said that very recently. I would just like to talk to you about how ignorant that statement truly is, as I believe it is my duty as an American.Your own government just published findings on climate change that should horrify you. Yet, in your actions and words, you have shown increasing indifference toward this urgent matter.

I have been an avid horror fan since I was a child. I started with horror books for young readers, and moved up into Stephen King and Dean Koontz novels. I watch horror films and read horror fiction like it’s my last day on Earth. I find a lot of fun in frightening things. Here’s the thing though. When I turn the last page of a horror novel, when the credits roll at the end of a horror movie, it’s over. I’m safe from whatever was lurking in those pages or on that screen. But we can’t simply put climate change back on the shelf and continue to do nothing. That’s not how it works, and that is truly terrifying.

Climate change, is a GLOBAL problem. “America First” means nothing when it deals with something happening worldwide. Over a year ago, you backed out of the Paris Climate Agreement with no thought to what kind of repercussions that could have on not only us, but the world. And now you claim that you’re focused on fixing America’s air and water, that the only reason that we’re seeing dirty water and dirty air is because it’s coming in from countries that don’t do their part? This is simply not a concrete understanding of the problem at hand.

Are there other countries that could be doing more, that are part of the problem? Yes. Unequivocally, yes. Are we now one of those countries? Also, yes. Withdrawing from an agreement that benefits the world in the name of saving money (while you meanwhile talk about funding a “space force” and a wall) is unacceptable. You seem to have some issues understanding climate change, as evidenced by this tweet:

And this tweet:

These are just a few of the many inaccurate tweets you have posted regarding global warming and climate change.

Now, I know that people could pick apart my life and tell me that I am not as green as I could be. That is true. There is always improvement to be made, and I am not perfect. But I strive every day to better my understanding of this issue and lessen my environmental impact. However, I am just one person with very little power in the social hierarchy. You, however, are in the position of arguably the highest power. Your influence could make a huge impact.

Here’s what I would suggest to you, Mr. President. Educate yourself. Read books on climate change. Read books on the destruction of our natural resources. Read books on alternative energy.

I know you’re busy, and you may never read this. This letter is just one of the things I brainstormed up recently in my quest to be better to our world. But, if somehow you do, and you’re lost at where to begin, I would suggest you start with The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss. I know it’s a book written for children, but the message is important, especially today. I think you’ll like it. I don’t know if you’re a fan of films, but you could watch the animated movie as well. There are two of them, and both bring Seuss’s original message across beautifully.

I am going to end this letter with a quote, Mr. President. One that I hope will plant a seed in your mind. All I ask is that you keep an open mind going forward regarding this issue. So here it is, from The Lorax himself:

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

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A film critic with a taste for genre fare, living in Sioux Falls, SD. If you love movies, we’ll get along just fine.

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A film critic with a taste for genre fare, living in Sioux Falls, SD. If you love movies, we’ll get along just fine.

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