Pretty much anywhere you look, you can find a reforestation project or policy being implemented. These successes should not take away from the dire state of our world’s forests. It should give us hope for what is possible when we come together to do what is right for our planet and all the people who call her home. There is no Planet B.
In short, these cuts would make our government unable to adequately respond to environmental disasters, like chemical waste spillsand pipeline bursts, or lead contamination in drinking water. It would also steal away any opportunity for Americans to prepare for climate impacts by cutting research and removing preparedness programs.
As the world's top polluter, the US has a big role to play in environmental justice and a smooth transition towards clean energy. Pruitt as the head of the EPA sends a clear signal to fossil fuel interests that they will have free reign at the expense of us all, despite the start of a downward trend on oil and gas markets.
In the end what I am trying to say here are two things. First, climate change is simultaneously everywhere and nowhere – but often closer than you think. It is in your own backyard, but is also felt (albeit differently) on the other side of the globe. Its impacts may not always be what you think they are.