Baked Alaska

President Obama takes to social media to show us the effects of climate change.

September 04, 2015

President Obama returned to the capital yesterday after going where no U.S. president had been before: the Arctic. The purpose of his three-day trip to Alaska was to highlight the issue of climate change, and our northernmost state was an apt stage for that conversation—it’s warming twice as fast as the national average. As he traveled throughout the Last Frontier, the president saw the fast-retreating Exit Glacier at Kenai Fjords National Park; flew over Kivalina, a barrier island soon to be wiped off the map by sea-level rise and erosion; and spoke to the remote town of Kotzebue about climate change’s impacts on local communities.

Along the way, POTUS took over the White House’s Instagram feed and tweeted videos to show us how Alaska’s beautiful landscape is being destroyed. “We’ve got to do something about [climate change],” he says in the above video, glacial meltwater streaming in the background. “And the good news is, we can.”

We completely agree, Mr. President—and not drilling in the Arctic would be a great place to start.

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