Professor Stephen Hawking claimed President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement “could push the Earth over the brink,” in an interview with the BBC this week.
“We are close to the tipping point where global warming becomes irreversible. Trump’s action could push the Earth over the brink, to become like Venus, with a temperature of two hundred and fifty degrees, and raining sulphuric acid,” claimed Hawking. “Climate change is one of the great dangers we face, and it’s one we can prevent if we act now.”
“By denying the evidence for climate change, and pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement, Donald Trump will cause avoidable environmental damage to our beautiful planet, endangering the natural world, for us and our children,” he continued. “I fear evolution has inbuilt greed and aggression to the human genome. There is no sign of conflict lessening, and the development of militarised technology and weapons of mass destruction could make that disastrous. The best hope for the survival of the human race might be independent colonies in space.”
Professor Hawking also criticized Brexit, claiming “the impact will be wholly bad, and will leave British science isolated and inward looking.”
The professor has previously criticized conservatism and embraced left-wing politics, having branded the election of President Trump as “the most dangerous moment in the development of humanity.”