A category five storm, Hurricane Irma, has caused damage and devastation across the Caribbean. Cities in America evacuated. The US declared states of emergency.
Now, an online petition trying to change Hurricane Irma’s name to Hurricane Ivanka, after the President’s daughter. The petitioners believe that this way they can raise awareness surrounding the dangers of climate change and put pressure president Donald Trump’s administration ‘climate change denial’.
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Thousands of people are trying to rename hurricane Irma ‘Ivanka’ https://t.co/ZRKSjb9nXE
— The Independent (@Independent) September 8, 2017
The petition states:
Scientists have spoken out clearly about the impact of climate change on our storms.
As air and water temperatures increase and sea levels rise, the severity of our storms and their potential for destruction increase as well. Hurricane Harvey in Houston was a prime example of how climate change makes hurricanes more powerful and dangerous.
It goes on and says:
Unfortunately, the Trump administration is on a fast track setting climate progress back, which will only exacerbate the effect of future storms. By packing the administration with climate change deniers, withdrawing from the Paris climate accords, dismantling a federal advisory committee on climate change, and dealing blow after blow to the scientific community, the Trump administration has shown that it is completely irresponsible when it comes to climate change.
And the reason they want to name the storm after Ivanka:
Even Ivanka Trump, who promised to try to influence her father on certain issues like climate change, has quietly accepted the administration’s lack of action on this very serious issue. Ivanka Trump can say what she wants about climate change, but as long as she quietly stands back, she remains complicit in the destruction we all face at the hands of her father’s administration.
That’s why we’re petitioning the World Meteorological Association to rename Hurricane Irma to Hurricane Ivanka. We need to put pressure on members of Trump’s administration to take real a stand for the health and safety of our world and generations to come.