Hurricane Irma, the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic, is bearing down on Florida as citizens rush to evacuate or — lacking that option— bunker down and hope for the best.
It’s as yet unclear how much damage will be inflicted by Irma, but with it coming so soon after Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas and Louisiana, it’s clear that we are living in unprecedented times. Climate change will only continue to increase the occurrences of disasters like these, and unfortunately for the world, the most powerful nation — and as such the best equipped to confront the problem — is led by a climate change denying charlatan.
Now, thousands of Americans are speaking out against the complicity of the Trump regime in the destruction of our homes. 10,000 people have signed on to a petition to rename Hurricane Irma to Hurricane Ivanka, after the president’s incompetent, collaborating daughter, reports AlterNet.
“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,” reads the petition.
Trump himself has, in the past, called climate change a “Chinese hoax.” While he has proven himself to be both ignorant and mendacious, it’s unclear which of these detestable traits was behind this particularly erroneous claim.
“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,” the petition continues.
Ivanka was originally peddled to the American public as “moderating” influence in her unhinged father’s White House, but to date, she has never once succeeded in curbing his worst instincts or most toxic policies. She has never publicly condemned his actions, even when he took the decidedly nihilistic action of withdrawing the United States from the Paris Climate Accord. She is a coward.
The petition ends:
“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 a real stand for the health and safety of our world and generations to come.”
View the full petition here.
Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.