By Cady Kuzmich
Clifton Park — Though there is a 97 percent consensus among world scientists that climate change is likely caused by human activity according to NASA, the president-elect of the United States has claimed the phenomenon is a hoax perpetuated by the Chinese. We visited the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library just a week after the election to gauge whether locals believe in climate change and whether they were concerned with the future of the environment under a Trump presidency.
“Do you think human activity is responsible for climate change? Are you at all concerned about the environment given the president-elect’s previous statements on climate change.”
“Partly. I often think things are happening that we don’t know. Especially with all the earthquakes, tsunamis and tornadoes — [nature] is trying to tell us something.”
— Dee Cox of Clifton Park.
“Since the Industrial Revolution, of course. I don’t see [Trump] as an environmentalist but I didn’t see Clinton as an environmentalist either. Just think of how much pollutants a car puts out.”
— Tyler Weaver of Burnt Hills.
“Sure, of course. It’s very scary.”
— Erika Dunbar-Nielsen of Ballston Spa.
“Yes. Yeah [I’m concerned].”
–Vanessa Mannion of Clifton Park.
“Yeah. We’re doing better with awareness and sustainability than we were 20 years ago. We’re certainly more aware and that has led to changed behaviour and changed practice. With respect to government policy, Mr. Trump’s actions will speak for themselves.”
–Renee Rodriguez-Goodemote of Ballston Lake
“Definitely. We will have to wait and see.”
–Dianne Halton of Clifton Park.
“Yeah. Yeah I am concerned about it.”
— Dan Peczka of Halfmoon.