Trump’s Telling Tweets

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(Note: This article is categorized as an Op-Ed. As such, all opinions are that of staff writer Kelsey Byrd’s, and do not reflect the ideas or thoughts of Memorial High School nor the MHS Journalism staff team as a whole.)

 

If you have been on social media recently or you are in touch with local news channels and papers, you’ve undoubtedly heard about the fires raging in the Amazon Rainforest. The headlines tell a grim story, with daunting warnings of the repercussions of an Amazon-free world and disturbing photos of burnt trees and ash-covered grounds. These dire stories, however, didn’t seem to sway the always-stubborn Trump, judging by his ever-so-Trump response to the situation (delivered in Trump fashion, via tweet). 

 

I have gotten to know President @jairbolsonaro well in our dealings with Brazil,” the President tweeted, “He is working very hard on the Amazon fires and in all respects doing a great job for the people of Brazil – Not easy. He and his country have the full and complete support of the USA!” This tweet raised more than a few eyebrows from those who have been closely monitoring the situation, for controversial Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has been heavily criticized by environmentalists for his lack-luster response to the fires. To be specific, Bolsonaro turned down $20 million dollars of international aid that was to be dedicated in the on-going fight to extinguish the fires. 

 

So why would Trump praise Bolsonaro for his lack of caring? Simply put, Trump can relate to a leader negating to care for the environment. He’s practiced it all his presidency. Rather it’s him pulling out of Paris Agreement (whose mission is to unite countries in environmentally-friendly efforts), or wanting to cut the budget for the EPA (Environmental Protection Act), Trump has rarely shown an interest in assisting the struggle against Climate Change. 

 

But just because the leader of our country shows a persistence for scientific ignorance and an unwillingness to alter his opinions on the matter, that doesn’t mean you have to. Below, I have included a list of links that include both information on Global Warming and things you can do to help. After all, by just opening your mind to learn more on Climate Change, you are already doing more than our president. 

 

https://climate.nasa.gov

https://www.worldwildlife.org/pages/what-you-can-do-to-fight-climate-change

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20181102-what-can-i-do-about-climate-change