By Kristen Johnson
President-Elect Trump has decided on Myron Ebell to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Ebell is a known climate change denier, who has argued for opening up more federal lands for oil and gas exploration, logging, and coal mining. Mr. Ebell is not a scientist. He has publicly criticized President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, and he has urged the Senate to reject an international climate accord which was signed last year in Paris. (Washington Post).
It’s difficult to know what to do to protest such an appointment, because cabinet positions are literally appointed – no voting from the people, etc. Our best course of action seems to be to protest Mr. Ebell loudly and often to make his job difficult. And, of course, we can protest every decision he makes that harms the environment (which seems to be everything at this point).
Although there have been many protests over the past week about Mr. Trump’s election, we aren’t seeing any protests against this appointment from the environmental agencies. Where is Greenpeace, the World Wildlife Fund, and the Sierra Club? If they begin to stage protests, I would certainly get out my picket sign and peacefully protest in my city. What can my course of action be?
- Contact Greenpeace about vocally protesting this appointment. They have action alerts about the pipeline, fracking, etc., but nothing about this appointment. http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/
- Contact the Environmental Defense Fund about vocally protesting this appointment. Similar to Greenpeace, they have action alerts for smog pollution, dirty energy, oil and gas pollution, etc. but nothing about Mr. Ebell. https://www.edf.org/fight-global-warming.
- Contact the Sierra Club about vocally protesting this appointment. Their website does indicate that we need to “fight back against Trump” (that’s an excellent start) but nothing again about Mr. Ebell. http://www.sierraclub.org.
Next up is to fight against Mr. Ebell’s upcoming policies, which we can assume at this point will only protect the polluters’ pocketbooks, and will harm the environment. Write letters to congressional representatives. (I do it all the time, and it is not difficult in the least.) Live environmentally friendly in your own life – reduce/reuse/recycle, use renewable energy, and refuse to purchase items from companies who do not make goods with strict environmental controls.
Lastly, remember that there really are people out there who choose not to “believe” in climate change. Educate, educate, educate.
Science on climate change isn’t a lie – just a quick look at NASA’s website will tell you just a bit about rising sea levels, global temperature rise, warming oceans, declining ice sheet and sea ice, extreme weather events, acidification of the oceans, and decreased snow cover.
Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities, and most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position. (NASA).
It’s time to protest Mr. Ebell’s appointment. It’s time to take a stand for what is right. Protect the earth because it’s the only one we have.
Psalm 124: 25-30 (NRSV): 25 Yonder is the sea, great and wide, creeping things innumerable are there, living things both small and great. 26 There go the ships, and Leviathan that you formed to sport in it. 27 These all look to you to give them their food in due season; 28 when you give to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are filled with good things. 29 When you hide your face, they are dismayed; when you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust. 30 When you send forth your spirit,[a] they are created; and you renew the face of the ground.
Serve all with love.
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