Donald Trump’s proposed Border wall, separating Mexico and the United States, is proving to be another skidmark from our current administration. It is not just a question of ethics, money and being simply, unconstitutional – but it serves as a SERIOUS threat to our environment.
Many animals and species require those lands for migration. Blocking their movements will alter important circles of life and destroy ecosystems. The ecosystem fragmentation from the wall’s completion will no doubt hinder important migratory patterns across the North American continent, and contribute to more man-made endangered species decline.
On that vein – the Supreme Court has waived 28 federal laws for us to pursue this, including the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Air Act to accomplish this ridiculous feat. The argument is that we are protecting America from deadly narcotics crossing the border, but lets face it – more people need Clean Air than our government needs to protect individuals from their own personal drug addictions. What is our true responsibility to the American people?
Many conservatives argue that this ‘liberal-mentality’ of wanting to save the animals is no excuse for the wall’s construction, and that this type of thinking is jeopardizing the future of America’s wellbeing.
However, the existence and safe-guarding of our biodiversity is our duty as American citizens to protect our precious lands and all that inhabit there.
That being said, our Nation’s largest Butterfly Sanctuary, the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas, faces its demise with the wall. Our government, having eminent domain, would bulldoze this . These actions limit the future protections of valuable insects, and jeopardize vital pollinators in our ecological and agricultural systems. (re: The Guardian)
The real clincher of the wall? The funding is now proposed to come from climate-disaster relief reserves, like the money intended for wildfire rehabilitation, flood damages, and hurricane relief efforts in our country. Climate change is exacerbating the intensity and quantity of natural disasters that we are facing, and that money should go towards mitigating our countries carbon emissions – which is the 2nd highest producing in the world.
The debate over this wall, and the consequential government shutdown it has provoked, makes it so that vital agencies such as the FDA, EPA, and most dear to my heart, our National parks Department, don’t have the funding they need to operate and protect the American peoples health and lands. Our National Parks are not getting the care they need and everyday are being destroyed by careless visitors.
The wall is a metaphor to how we as Americans are collectively treating our planet, putting lofty ideals of safeguarding our future when in reality, climate change is our biggest threat.