Missy is a unique writer who enjoys inviting her readers into her thoughts through her poetry and other topics of discussion.
Dealing with a Major Upset and Learning to go Forward
I was hopelessly continuing to be a part of the world's extreme anger and sadness back in 2016. I was reeling from a Donald Trump win to run our country here in America. The extreme anxiety I felt was hard to take, and I know I was certainly not alone that day. The world was protesting, signing petitions, and letters of rejection. No, not that it did any good, but there was a need to feel united. I believe we all needed to find some hope at the end of the day. It was hard to grasp the reality of it all.
Therefore, I was hard-pressed to think about writing here, especially something of importance. The complete divide I felt at that time in America had made the days dreary with no outlook on what could be a positive outcome in the future. For the most part, I was still feeling sullen -- in a state of confusion. Even so, I could not, with a clear conscience, sit back and let the absurd reasons Donald Trump got elected hinder me from finding my fight for other things that needed to be brought to light. We all needed to push forward the reality of some things we face that are important not only to America but also to the world. One of those things we are faced with is CLIMATE CHANGE.
The Issue I now Choose to Focus on: Climate Change
Recently, this issue has become more significant to me. And I don’t mean to say that as if it never was important to me, but the fact is, I didn’t completely understand the urgency of it. I did get that we become more affected by this change every day, but to what extent, I did not know. It wasn't until I watched the very deeply informative documentary that the actor Leonardo DiCaprio and his friend Fisher Stevens put together called, “Before the Flood,” about the growing concern of global warming and how it is drastically moving along at a fast pace, did I realize how this issue is threatening all of humanity and nature alike. We are losing some of the world’s most volatile spots across the globe that are home to many animals and sea life. If it does not stop, a growing number of animals will become extinct.
Besides our oceans, rising sea levels, and thermal expansion that is causing our glaciers to melt at rapid speeds, places like the tropical rain-forests are continuously threatened by deforestation, which releases a high amount of carbon dioxide into the air. Scientists confirmed that carbon dioxide is the main gas distributed throughout the atmosphere that is killing planet Earth.
What About Us?
How is this going to affect us on a human level? Well, let’s start with the biggest issue; our food. If the atmosphere continues to bring us excessive weather events, that, in my opinion, started being very frequent in these last ten years, then how will our food be grown in a way that is healthy for us, or in another way, will we find drought in our food supply? Extreme heat could cause a shortage of water to irrigate crops. Then, take a flood; a major flood could drown outcrops and kill the product. This has happened in parts of India already.
How Do These Big Corporations Factor Into the Problem
Now, what about the big businesses, the industrial part of the world? Well, they are a problem. These big corporations are the ones who are going into tropical forests and destroying our habitats. Not only do they cause a major amount of carbon dioxide to go up there, but they bring it back to the states to burn. Companies like Exxon and Chevron are the two main ones. These are the double standards of this world because we have grown accustomed to needing these fossil fuels to survive. We power our cars with them; we cook with them, and we use the electricity fueled by them.
Finding a Solution
What is the answer? We must now all come together to step out of our comfort zones and find different ways to reduce deforestation and fossil-fuel usage. However, we cannot do this without help from our government. We can do our best to make the small changes in our own lives, but what about helping others completely understand the reality of this problem, and matter-of-fact, I can honestly say that would still include me. I do not know everything there is to know of the effects of global warming, and I certainly could benefit from some help on how to refrain from using the products that contribute to it. However, I’m doing my best to learn, and I have grasped the information I have been studying. It is a crucial time to try to make a change. We all should research, realize, and start recycling every part of our everyday lives.
This Man Is the Whole World's Problem
And now, back to the beginning of why it has been harder with a President like Trump. He does not believe we have this type of problem. Whether it’s his sheer illiteracy of realizing what the world is going through, or if he is such a big-business tycoon that he will not believe what is in front of his face. I don’t know, but I know that we all are smart enough to stop, listen, and observe for ourselves what is going on. He hasn’t done that and never has through his four years in office. Thankfully, we have a new President Biden coming in on January 20, 2021, and he has made the issue of climate change a priority.
We Must Continue to Move Forward With the Climate Change Issue
As we all prepare for our future under new leadership, let’s not forget that we all should continue to work to make a better world for ourselves. I think there are a million ways we could change to save our home here on Earth, and it will not be simple or learned overnight. However, it needs to be addressed, and a solid plan from Congress needs to be in place. President Biden has promised to do join the world's effort in doing so.
© 2016 Missy Smith
Shyron E Shenko from Texas on June 11, 2017:
The personage who does not believe
That climate change exist
You are not alone in the anxiety
That you and I feel
Caused by those who think
Global warming isn’t real
The sadness and gloom
As we anticipate impending doom
Climate change will affect us all
Then how mightily the mighty fall
Those who do not believe at all
Will be the ones to hurt the most
When they find out how much they’ve lost
And a man who was elected
Who did not win the race
Will be reeling with anxiety
When reality hits him in the face…..
Missy Smith (author) from Florida on November 16, 2016:
Thank you, John. I do get really excited when they put me on one of the network sites too. I then feel what I write about will eventually get more and more views, and that's a good thing. I am glad you described it as a spirited debate, because that is exactly what it is. It's very important, spirited, debate. :)
John Hansen from Australia (Gondwana Land) on November 16, 2016:
Great work getting this on Soapbox, Missy, and for raising so much spirited debate.
Missy Smith (author) from Florida on November 16, 2016:
The whole situation is just crazy to me. I'm still having arguments with Trump supporters claiming that he won the popular vote as well. Lol... I think those protesters are valid proof that that false fact is just that, "FALSE!" They are also claiming that, I guess, the media is paying these people to protest? LOL I cannot even fathom how their brains work! It is scary! I have no clue where we are heading or what we have become?? Thanks again, MizB! :)
Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on November 15, 2016:
Oh, Missy, I'm glad I could add some food for thought. I have been to Russia, actually it was the Soviet Union, in 1990. Those folks quake in their boots at having their daily lives interrupted by interference from the KGB. A couple of members of our party were stopped by them because they were suspected of using U.S. currency to by at an open-air market. Americans just don't realize how lucky we are. All these election protesters on either side would have been mowed down by the military. We were all glad to get out of Russia and fly into Helsinki because there was such an oppressive feeling. The fear at that time was that the Russian Mafia would take over, and a friend who visited after the fall of the Soviet Union tells me that is exactly what has happened.
Now picture this: Trump has put in all his children and son-in-law as advisors. These very same children are in charge of his business, the business he is supposed to be delving himself of. (a blatant conflict of interest) He is demanding that they have top secret clearance (a very dangerous blatant conflict of interest). The kids can't serve in the cabinet because of Nepotism Laws (caps for emphasis), but they are his "advisors"? Why should we trust such young, untrained and untried people. Why Melania being left out? She is beautiful, but I think he is trying for a low profile for her because she made several porno videos, which before the election could be found on Youtube.
Remember, Vanessa Williams lost her Miss American crown when nude photos, not porno videos, surfaced. So now we will have President whose 20-something children are his advisors and a porn queen for First Lady. What the Hell have we come to. The big question is "where are we going?"
Missy Smith (author) from Florida on November 14, 2016:
MizB, I am so tired that I cannot even explain. This year has taken me and so many others far away from hope at times. It has been an exhausting year of ups and downs with what may be the end result of our worst nightmare; which now, as you know, has come true.
When I wrote this the other day, I was spinning out of control with images of doom that could come upon our country... our world. I had to find an outlet which was important to me that would show my determination, and that my hope is still alive. Something I could talk about that was extremely significant, and that would grab the attention of others. I hope it does!
Lately, I have recognized more and more, myself, of the growing climate-change factors that exist. It's scary, but the truth is, I can understand some others' disbelief, because I didn't pay much attention either for a very long time. Like others, I kept busy with my personal life; selfish in my need to stay locked into my own little world.
It has always been at the back of my mind to work towards fixing this, but it wasn't until Bernie and Hillary started campaigning on the importance of the issue, and giving the people a bigger picture of the problem of climate-change, did I really take a focused notice myself. I thank both for trying to make the world a better place.
Additionally, this year, being the teacher to my son, we have learned so much more about loss of habitats, animal extinction, and the cause of it all. Without the Science book pointing a direct finger at climate-change, but instead teaching on recycling and all the ways' fossil fuels contribute to industry. So, in a more indirect way they are saying the problem does exist. It's been a blessing teaching him. As I get older and more time passes since I've been in school, I have noticed the things I have forgotten, so I am shaking that brain rust off right now, and enjoying our home-schooling journey. lol...
Russia is an interesting topic when it comes to this election for sure. You just never know what Trump may be up to with that side of the world. He is a business man whom, no doubt, has made plenty of underhanded dealings to suit only his purpose. Again, it's scary! I don't have any Russian friends; I have made friends from Morocco, India, Australia, London, and places like that, but I have never run into or had a conversation with a Russian. Well, until today. Today, I had a guest user on this very hub contact me. The message was in Russian, and so I had to Google translate it. Honestly, I still don't understand it. They wanted me to invest in their website; I think?? It had a link. They said something about discs and file storage, and alarm alerts that would go off if data was messed with. I just have no idea. Nevertheless, I marked it as spam, and I hope I don't get other things such as that.
Oh, and the animal photos were picked on purpose, because my son loves the polar bears, and the narwhals. It would be such a shame if they disappeared. He is concerned too.
Thanks so much for always putting in such informative and caring comments. I really appreciate it! :)
Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on November 14, 2016:
Missy, I can’t imagine how these people believe that global warming does not exist. I watched the Donald Trump video and laughed, but those guys were laughing out the wrong sides of their mouths. There was minor concern in the 1920s that the earth was heading for global cooling. No, I wasn’t around then, but I was around in, I believe it was about 1989, when a Dr. Brown predicted global cooling and, get this, that the New Madrid Earthquake Fault was going to open up and swallow up my hometown. I was taking courses in earthquake preparedness and tornado watch then because I lived on the fringes of the New Madrid fault. I'm not sure what the two predictions had in common, but Dr. Brown had a lot of people concerned.
In the last 30 years or so, I have watched the area in which I live turn from growing climate zone 7 to zone 8. I’m growing plants outside now that I could not have 30 years ago because they wouldn’t have survived the winter. OK, that’s just a minor adjustment. What is of major concern is that Glacier National Park has lost its glaciers, and an area rich in oil under the ice between Alaska and Russia is being exposed and Russia is claiming this territory. There could be a war over this newly exposed oil-rich area.
Something else to consider: What if, for instance, Trump is falsely expressing disbelief because he wants to invest in a new Russian economy because virgin lands in Siberia, uncovered due to thawing, give new life to that country. Far fetched, but it is a thought.
Other concerns have been expressed, so I won’t go into them. Your beautiful photos bring out concerns of endangered species.
Missy Smith (author) from Florida on November 13, 2016:
Yes, I can understand what you are saying, Bill. However, I will be fair and not denounce my part in the name calling of all this, nor will I apologize for some of it. As you know, I apologize for my own inability to sustain my anger at times, but in another sense, the anger has helped me grab a better perspective of what we face in a whole now. We still face this tyrant, and his lack of knowledge with some important issues as I listed above. However, I have also realized that he will cave on some other things. He already has, and that is pleasurable to know. I don't know if it's good that I want to rub it in the faces of his supporters who believed so much in him, but I do try to refrain.
I'm getting past the anger and grabbing a better humor about it all except for worrying about some key issues. However, I can live with that, that is normal in every election. Our leader doesn't see eye to eye on all our concerns. In saying that though, I wish it wasn't such a big one as climate change.
I can also not deny that certain people have really disappointed me in all this game play of world dominance. There are always sides to be a part of, but I cannot remember when tensions struck this hard that it would actually divide our nation. It has, and when you think about it, it was inevitable with either candidate winning. We just had a better chance of eventually coming back together with Hillary at the wheel. Now, we are unsure, of how long we will stay divided. We may never come together again.
Nope, there are no right or wrong answers here, and there will be no early compromise with the two sides. However, it is what it is like I always say, and somehow we will have to live through it. Let's hope for the best!!
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 13, 2016:
I thought the end of the world had arrived in 1972 when Nixon was re-elected. I thought for sure the nation would crumble and a New World Order had arrived. I was mistaken. It turns out this country is tougher than I gave it credit for. Having said that, we live, today, in a nation as divided as I've ever seen it, and I'm more concerned today than I was back then. It's not so much Trump as it is our inability, as a people, to listen and work together for a common solution. We have lost that ability. Now all we do is call each other names and meanwhile, things get worse.
I have no answers, and that depresses me more than Trump ever will.
Hugs and blessings on this Sunday
Missy Smith (author) from Florida on November 13, 2016:
I know what you mean, John. It's an issue that can carry a very long discussion. As I was writing this last night, I wondered what I could fit in to mention without dragging it on.
When I started writing the little section about how it will continue to affect our food supply, I thought about you and others that make their living in farming. I know this subject has to be a focal point to your everyday life.
I wanted to try to make others wake up and not be afraid of the process of taking their role in trying to sustain our environment. I, myself, have so much to learn.
In this write up, I tried to bring both awareness and ways that others themselves can participate. I do my best to,at least, do the little things at home that Bill Nye mentioned; recycling, eating less meat; I only drive when I have to, so I'm very much a home body. I wish I didn't have to drive at all, but where I live, walking is practically impossible.
Places where I live are pretty distanced to recycling centers and the town took out the bins we could use to drop off our recyclables years ago. However, now someone has decided to open an old abandoned building here and they've made it into a recycling center. That's a recent change here that I'm very pleased about.
I do believe Trump will change his mind on a few key issues we were concerned about. He has already spoken with OBAMA about keeping some things in place. It's a start and I find it hopeful that maybe he will come around and listen to reason on some other things. However, like you said, this issue could be a long shot. If you don't believe... you can't achieve.
We need more education on this subject of climate change. We need our leaders to acknowledge the problem and help us find ways to reverse the inevitable outcome. As I wasn't a tremendous fan of Hillary, I still knew she was sincere in her efforts to work on climate change issues. She even had a plan that would help the environment while also bringing jobs! I mean, what are we going to face now? It's a concern and an issue that was one, if not the most important one on the agenda.
If you've looked at my poll, we already have one negative nelly chiming in, so we have a long road to wake-up the world. If only Trump would get on board, his followers may too. He certainly has the business savvy to put in place what Hillary was going to do. Although, if you have studied this man through the years and listened very well to the debates, this man has never cared about who or what he damages during his business ventures. He only cares if the outcome of his dealings would benefit him and his wallet. What has America done!!
John Hansen from Australia (Gondwana Land) on November 12, 2016:
Missy, I won't make this a long comment, but I do agree with you on climate change and have been fighting for change to renewable energy and bad practices etc for over a decade. I think Donald Trump will reconsider his position on a lot of things now he is actually president, but I don't know that climate change will be one. In his acceptance speech he said the Coal Industry "are good people" and he would continue to support that sector, so I am doubtful. We have to continue to do all we can as concerned citizens to push the issue however.