Did you know? 2016 turned out to be the hottest year on record. Additionally, ocean water acidity has increased by 30% since the Industrial Revolution, which has negative implications for all creatures (including humans). And because arctic sea ice now declining by 13.3% per decade, global sea levels have risen by 6.7 inches in the last century alone.
These are not alternative facts, contrary to what climate change deniers would like to believe. Because the new President of the United States is one such individual, he recently put a freeze on EPA grants and ordered a communication blackout for U.S. scientists who are employed by national parks, the Department of Agriculture, and the Environmental Protection Agency. Essentially, they’re no longer allowed to post anything regarding national policy decisions on social media.
Some believe the mandates were instituted to silence viewpoints on climate change, and it’s for this reason that scientists and concerned citizens around the world are preparing to march on Washington in the coming weeks.
Shortly after Trump ordered the blackout, the Badlands National Park in South Dakota did the unthinkable and began Tweeting out a series of facts about climate change. The posts were live for several hours until they were deleted.
According to BuzzFeed, the Tweets were posted by a former employee and were deleted because the account had been “compromised.
Twitter users, however, have been demanding more climate change facts, which is why another National Park went rogue and shared a gif to satiate the public.
Don't forget this one! pic.twitter.com/f1mt1LJeuY
— Derek Bauman (@derekbauman) January 24, 2017
— go go go!! don't back down! Don't give up!!
— Sarah Gertrude Shap (@GertShap) January 25, 2017
they removed the tweets?!?! ARE U KIDDING ME
— J Hall (@JennHallMusic) January 24, 2017
The Golden Gate National Park’s Service’s verified Twitter account shared a gif image of global temperatures rising over time, between the mid-19th century and 2016. The text reads: “2016 was the hottest year on record for the 3rd year in a row. Check out this @NASA & @NOAA report.” A link was shared that reroutes users to a recent report issued by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Unlike the former posts from the Badlands Nat’l Park, this Tweet has not yet been taken down.
— Golden Gate NPS (@GoldenGateNPS) January 23, 2017
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