Global warming has had a great impact on Alaska lately and President Barack Obama is paying a three-day visit there.
The President is all set to leave to Alaska on Monday on a three-day trip and deliver a speech at State Department climate change conference. It is to be noted that he would be the first President to visit Alaska Arctic in American history. The President is expected to visit the sub-Arctic part of the state and have a look at the damages caused of global warming for decades now, according to US News.
It is reported that since 1959, after Alaska became a state, more than 3.5 trillion tons of water have melted off of the glaciers in Alaska. It is estimated that the water melted off of the glaciers would be more than enough to fill one billion Olympic-sized pools.
The White House described Alaska’s present situation and said that the state is affected by ranging wildfires, coal mines influencing climate change, melting and vanishing Arctic glaciers, and relocation of people due to raise in sea levels. Amid these problems the President is traveling to Alaska in spite of his busy schedule in hopes to bring a nationwide awareness on global warming.
The President said in his weekly address Saturday, “This is all real. This is happening to our fellow Americans right now.” He also stressed on global warming and climate change that affect Alaska. “Think about that. If another country threatened to wipe out an American town, we’d do everything in our power to protect ourselves.”
“Climate change poses the same threat, right now,” noted the president, according to CNN Politics.
The first in his schedule is to rename the country’s tallest mountain Mt. McKinley to Denali. This name is expected to give recognition and a historic nod to the natives that are under threat due to drastic climate changes.
White House senior adviser Brian Deese said in a preview of the three-day trip that “The issue of climate change is not an issue of the future tense in Alaska, it is affecting people’s lives and their livelihoods in real ways.”