President Obama Went to Alaska; Here’s Why That is Important to Climate Change Communication

AlaskaIt’s been a big week in climate change, in more ways than one. This is especially true for President Obama. First he went to New Orleans, and then he spent several days in Alaska. That’s a big deal for climate communication.

The New Orleans visit was on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Ostensibly the focus of the trip was to show the federal government hasn’t forgotten about those who are still struggling to recover. Despite Republican Governor Bobby Jindal’s request that Obama not mention climate change, he did. And it was appropriate to do given that much of New Orleans still lies below sea level…and sea level is rising. Which means the next Katrina could be even worse.
But it’s the Alaska visit that is most critical. Using a variety of modern media methods to reach out to the populace – Twitter, a “survival” television show appearance, Instagram, and video blogs, the President highlighted the importance of places like Alaska in climate change effects, and why solutions are needed.
He even talked about gigatons!

The above is a partial cross-post of the full article on The Dake Page. Please click on the link above to read further. Thanks.

David J. Kent has been a scientist for over thirty years, is an avid science traveler, and an independent Abraham Lincoln historian. He is the author of Tesla: The Wizard of Electricity (now in its 5th printing) and two e-books: Nikola Tesla: Renewable Energy Ahead of Its Time and Abraham Lincoln and Nikola Tesla: Connected by Fate. His book on Thomas Edison is due in Barnes and Noble stores in spring 2016.

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