Theoretical physicist Stephen hawking recently gave a warning that the president’s dramatic switch from science-based policies “could push the earth over the brink.”
Hawking gave BBC an interview for his 75th birthday and said that he was disturbed by President Donald Trump’s decision to leave the Paris Climate Accord.
“We are close to the tipping point where global warming becomes irreversible. Trump’s action could push the Earth over the brink, to become like Venus, with a temperature of two hundred and fifty degrees, and raining sulfuric acid,” Hawking explained. “Climate change is one of the great dangers we face, and it’s one we can prevent if we act now.”
He added: “By denying the evidence for climate change, and pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement, Donald Trump will cause avoidable environmental damage to our beautiful planet, endangering the natural world, for us and our children.”
However, hawking admits that in order for our species to survive, we will need to leave the planet.
“I fear evolution has inbuilt greed and aggression to the human genome,” he observed. “There is no sign of conflict lessening, and the development of militarized technology and weapons of mass destruction could make that disastrous. The best hope for the survival of the human race might be independent colonies in space.”