President Obama celebrated Earth Day on Tuesday by warning Americans of the disastrous consequences of climate change.
“Already, longer wildfire seasons put first responders at greater risk. Farmers must cope with increased soil erosion following heavy downpours and greater stresses from weeds, plant diseases, and insect pests,” he said in his Earth Day Presidential Proclamation. He also pointed out that the impact of climate change on the planet was the “overwhelming judgment of science.”
Obama insisted that climate change was also hurting low income families: “Increasingly severe weather patterns strain infrastructure and damage our communities, especially low-income communities, which are disproportionately vulnerable and have few resources to prepare.”
Earth Day, Obama noted, was a good time for Americans to do their part to reduce the effects of climate change on the world: “I encourage all Americans to participate in programs and activities that will protect our environment and contribute to a healthy, sustainable future,” he stated.