President Barack Obama is in the midst of a 10 trip advocating for conservation of land and ocean as well as action on climate change. On Wednesday, the President spoke in his home state of Hawaii, where he discussed the situation we face.
“And no nation, not even one as powerful as the United States, is immune from a changing climate. I saw it myself last year, in our northern most state of Alaska. Where the sea is already swallowing villages and eating away at shore lines." Obama continued, "where the permafrost thaws and the tundra is burning. Where glaciers are melting at a pace unprecedented in modern times. And it was a preview of our future, if the climate keeps changing faster than our efforts to address it.”
The trip is set to culminate with at the G20 summit in Hangzhou on September 4th. But before the G20 summit, President Obama will meet with China's President Xi Jinping tomorrow, where it is expected that both nations will further commit themselves to the Paris climate change agreement from last year.
Here to discuss the significance of the President's trip as well as the meeting between the two nations and how climate change is impacting us now is David Biello, he is the Science Curator for TED Talks and is a contributing editor to Scientific American.