The theory that adaptation is the key to survival has been thrown around for over a century, rumored to have been started by Charles Darwin in the mid-18th century. Scientists have since continued to study and research the subject to prove its validity, including recently by geneticists at Stanford University. In 2009, these scientists published the results of a comprehensive study in the Public Library of Science Genetics, that shows “adaptation — the process by which organisms change to better fit their environment — is indeed a large part of human genomic evolution.”
Adaptation, a pivotal process for the future of the human race, however, isn’t a concept appreciated or even acknowledged in the Trump administration to Make America Great Again. And so, the progress the U.S. had made, raising the bar for all sorts of important aspects to ensure that not only will Americans survive (much less all life), but also thrive, has gone backward. And that’s a sad fact to acknowledge with Earth Day on the horizon.
While the Trump administration turns back the clock on climate change policies and clean alternative energy initiatives, ramping up coal and oil endeavors, China, the No. 1 leader in emission pollution, has placed all its bets on clean energy. But the pathetic thing is, we are soon to be left in China’s wake, with the U.S. on track to become the No. 1 polluter, while China stands to benefit with not only a cleaner, healthier environment, but also, jobs. And lots of them.
On news site GOOD Magazine, in “While America Launches Missiles, China Quietly Leads on Climate Change,” Ben Jervey reports on what’s to come in China versus the U.S.’s decision to ignore the importance of clean energy.
“This isn’t just a diplomatic failure for the United States. It will also likely go down as one of the greatest economic failures in our nation’s history. The clean energy race we’re now losing is for an estimated $6 trillion prize: the predicted market for clean energy within 13 years. Ambassador Liu Jieyi, China’s permanent representative at the United Nations, made the following statement at a March meeting in New York:
‘China remains steadfast in its ambition to reinforce actions in responding to climate change. From 2011 to 2015, China’s carbon intensity decreased by 21.8 percent, which equals to a reduction of 2.34 billion tons of CO2 emission…. China will work relentlessly to save energy, improve energy efficiency, develop renewable energies, expand forest carbon sinks, establish a national market for carbon emissions trading, facilitate low-carbon city development, and promote climate change legislation. All these are part of our vigorous efforts aimed at realizing the goals of reducing carbon intensity by 40-45 percent in 2020 compared with 2005 and reaching the peak of carbon emissions by 2030 or even earlier…. China’s response to climate change has maintained its force and momentum.’
“In practice, as Republican Rep. Bob Inglis famously said years ago, this response looks like China ‘eating our lunch,’ investing and innovating in that $6 trillion clean energy economy of the 21st century. By the end of this decade, China plans to spend more than $360 billion on renewable energy sources like solar and wind, a plan that is projected to create more than 13 million jobs by 2020. Roughly 3.5 million Chinese workers are already employed in the renewable energy sector — nearly half of the global total — and represents nearly four times as many clean energy jobs as exist in the United States. By 2030, China’s plans to achieve the goals offered in the Paris Agreement are expected to create 69 million jobs.”
When it comes to the scientific theory that adaptation is key to our survival, and the fact that we as a country and world leader are currently ignoring the absolute importance of clean energy and that we need to embrace the clean energy industry as a part of our adaption for survival, then we are all doomed. Fortunately, it’s not too late yet to insist we take part in the clean energy revolution, for our health, our jobs and our survival.