President Barack Obama revealed that his top science advisor often briefs him and his staff on climate change, causing them to fret about the future of the planet.
“They’re terrifying,” he said. “And everybody starts off the day thinking about, ok, we’ve really got to get on this, we’ve got to pay attention to this.”
Obama was interviewed by two New York Times reporters, specifically focusing on climate change while he was visiting Hawaii.
The president said that severe environmental strains on the planet were “unpredictable,” “dangerous,” and “disruptive world wide.”
Obama admitted that it was difficult to get Americans to realize the dangers that humanity faced as a result of climate change.
“Part of what makes climate change difficult is that it is not an instantaneous, catastrophic event,” Obama said. “It’s a slow-moving issue that, on a day-to-day basis, people don’t experience and don’t see.”