If our governments and presidents go the wrong way and steer our world towards an unsustainable future, it’s up to us – the people – to work even harder for the future we want. I caught on this message when watching John Oliver’s final show of “Last Week Tonight” for 2016. He reflected on the presidential election in the US and President-elect Donald Trump. During the campaign, Trump twittered that the “concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese”. He confirmed that he isn’t “a big believer in man-made climate change” .
Trump: „I’m not a big believer in man-made climate change.“
The world has good reason to be afraid that Trump’s government will jeopardise the progress made during the last years in terms of climate protection and sustainable development. However or for this very reason, John Oliver called on his audience to make “actual sacrifices”. People should support organisations such as environmental NGOs in fighting for a better future. I think this carries a strong message: Even if political circumstances turn rather against a better world, we do not give up but we work even harder. Because better times will come and it’s our task to plant the seeds of the future we want. #selfmadefuture
Background: Corn affected by drought in Texas in August 2013 (Creative Commons: U.S. Department of Agriculture). Foreground: Donald Trump (Creative Commons: Gage Skidmore).