So we all know Donald Trump pulled out of the Paris Accord leaving behind a horrible mess. The other world leaders are all making fun of him again, only days after laughing at him because he still doesn’t know how to shake hands. Now it seems he doesn’t know how air works.
Syria and Nicaragua are the only countries that didn’t sign up. Everyone else agreed to keep global temperatures below 2C (preferably to 1.5C), limit the amount of greenhouse gases to those offset by trees, soil and oceans (this doesn’t even start until sometime between 2050 and 2100), commit to a 5 year review and rich countries are supposed to help the poor ones with climate finance to help switch to renewable energy.
If not, we all die horribly. You’ve seen the movies, oceans rise, mass refugees leave flooded areas (around 10% of the world is vulnerable here) plenty of tsunamis for all. Storms, flood, hurricanes and droughts get worse, migration is messed up, so bees are not around at the same time as the plants they pollinate, less food for all. Then there’s 20-30% of animal species extinction if temperatures rise more than 1.5-2.5C. I couldn’t think of a way to make any of this funny, which I guess is why the climate change scientists all seem so earnest.
While the withdrawal will harm the world, as the US are currently number 2 on the world’s biggest polluter list, causing 15% of the emissions and they have great tech, which would help the poor countries to stop polluting already, we know that Trump is very against helping poor people in any way, even if it means the rich ones get to eat, breathe and live too.
Then realising how useful terrorism is for his agenda, Trump went straight into Die Hard super villain mode, using the attack to try to gain popularity for his #MuslimBan
Sometime after this he was briefed by his national security team, we know because Sean Spicer tweeted that. Then Trump remembered the US administration is supposed to care about the victims of the attack and sent out his condolences on Twitter.
I’ve searched the twitter accounts of other world leaders, but it appears that they are not leading via Twitter. Theresa May has changed her countries terror alert status from severe to critical, and an official statement to that effect has been made on Twitter, otherwise I would assume world leaders are contacting her via the usual channels.
We are all waiting for the wheels of justice to just grind a little faster already, so that Trump can be impeached and this joke of a presidency can stop, and become the horrible business as usual presidency of the Pence administration that also must be stopped.
While we wait, we can all wonder what bomb Trump will drop next, and will it be on the world, or just on Twitter?
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Andra Jenkin co-wrote Double-Edged Sword- The Simonne Butler Story, and contributed to New Zealand Anthology of Women’s Comics ‘Three Words.’