As the daughter of a scientist and a resident of Colorado, where hundreds of homes burned and lives were lost due to wildfires throughout this past summer, I understand the grave state of the environment. However, why have the Presidential candidates not been discussing these issues on the campaign trail? Is this issue just pushed aside, buried under the ground? Why is this? Are the American people too focused on the present to ever think about the future?
In the matter of a few years, parts of Florida and other coastline cities will be underwater. People will have to leave their homes and flock to the center of the country, crowding already crowded cities and decreasing the standard of living. Soon enough, we will run out of water and oil, resources that one is necessary for survival and the other is much needed in the world we live in. It is quite strange to me with the perilous state of the environment and the tragic and serious consequences of its destruction, that politicians are not discussing how to help the environment and prevent further destruction.
However, there are those who believe that climate change is a hoax. Some believe is no doing of the human race, but that climate change it is a cycle and that God will take care of it. They believe this despite the majority of scientists and countless scientific findings that state otherwise; that indeed human activity is what is changing climate and causing the destruction of our beloved Mother Nature.
It is a shock and a shame that the American people do not care about the well-being of the environment. Do they not realize that the lack of caring about the environment is going to leave their children and their grandchildren in a much more desolate, hot and distressed environment? It is time that the American people start to value their surroundings, the natural resources they depend on for survival and show initiative to save the beautiful world around us. Through the words and guidance of politicians and leaders, this can begin to change.
President Obama and candidate Romney will probably not change the issues they discuss in the last couple of weeks of this campaign. They are focusing on the issues the American people care about which happen to be issue that affect them immediately. The majority of Americans must not realize that by ignoring how we are destroying our natural habitat now, that one day we will be worse off than if we started making progress now. The fact that politicians are not placing great importance on environmental issues is causing the American people to no place importance on it either. It is a vicious cycle; the American people do not care about the environment, politicians thus do not discuss it or policies to fix the state of the environment and then the American public believes that the state of the environment must not be too perilous if politicians are not discussing it. The next president and cycle of legislators should really place importance on the environment. Only through this will the American people start to realize the value of a stable, healthy environment and only through this will progress be made on something that is so important. Politicans must start shaping and increasing the amount of converstation in regards to the state of the environment. We are headed for doom if we do not start soon, and start to make huge changes.