In response to the story headlined "Trump 'evolving' on climate," published May 27 in the Daily Messenger, imagine the Earth as a closed system, which it is. Consider all the people that currently live here — 7 billion. Add to that the combined population of India and China, one more time — another 2.6 billion. Now take the current weather anomalies and extremes and geometrically amplify them by just about any single digit number you want to, even as low as two. This gives you a pretty clear picture of what our world will look like in 2050 if we continue on our current trajectory. That is a frighteningly short 33 years from today — underlining the word today — as in right now, this second.

Overcrowded, underfed and constant, daily dealing with flooding and drought and everything in between becomes the new normal for the world of 2050 and beyond.

With that concept in mind, the very ponderous sound of the concept of “evolving” belies the utter sense of urgency that all of humankind is facing if this scenario is allowed to unfold, unchecked. The dire ramifications of this outcome transcend nationalities, politics, race and social and economic status. There is no historical precedence, man-made or natural, for a threat to our civilization of this magnitude in all of human existence. Great wars, volcanic eruptions and any type of pandemic ever experienced are all pinpricks in comparison. If you are a millennial or have children or grandchildren, you should be very disturbed by the pace that the concept of “evolving” suggests.

Through good leadership and responsible science, there still is a sliver of time to reverse this seeming inevitability; however, “evolving” at this late date just isn’t going to cut it.

Jim Rose

SUNY Empire State College