Stephen Hawking said Trump is causing irreversible damage on Earth

Stephen Hawking said Trump is causing irreversible damage on Earth
Stephen Hawking at the University of Cambridge
Source: Niklas Halle'n/Getty Images
Stephen Hawking at the University of Cambridge
Source: Niklas Halle'n/Getty Images

Stephen Hawking has some bad news for the Earth — we may be reaching damage beyond repair.

In an interview with BBC on Sunday, the famed theoretical physicist said he believes President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement could lead to permanent, irreversible destruction for the planet.

“Climate change is one of the great dangers we face, and it’s one we can prevent if we act now,” Hawking said. “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.”

Stephen Hawking at One World Observatory in New York City
Source: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images

Nearly 200 countries have agreed to the Paris Climate Deal, in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Trump announced his decision to withdraw from the agreement in June, sparking criticism from many scientists and lawmakers.

Hawking said Trump’s lack of action regarding climate change could turn Earth into a hothouse planet similar to Venus, “with a temperature of 250 degrees, and raining sulphuric acid.”

To escape this destruction, Hawking has long touted the idea of fleeing the Earth and exploring other potential places to live in space. In June, he suggested establishing colonies on Mars and the moon.

“Spreading out may be the only thing that saves us from ourselves,” Hawking said at the Starmus Festival in June. “I am convinced that humans need to leave Earth.”


How much do you trust the information in this article?

Abbey Schubert

Abbey is an editorial intern with Mic's news team. She's entering her senior year at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, where she studies magazine writing and editing.

MORE FROM

Sam Brownback: 3 things to know about Trump’s nominee for ambassador-at-large for religious freedom

Brownback was a key sponsor of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, which created the job he's now nominated for.

Hundreds rally in Times Square to protest Donald Trump’s transgender military ban

“I’m out here to support my trans brothers and sisters who have been serving our military for years and years and years."

Several Republicans are strongly denouncing Trump’s military transgender ban

“Anybody who wants to serve in the military should serve in the military. I don’t agree with the president.”

Worried Trump might pardon himself? Blame Alexander Hamilton.

Hamilton might not have been "thinkin' past tomorrow" when he pushed for broad executive privileges.

Harry Truman desegregated the military 69 years ago. Today, Trump banned transgender troops.

Truman wanted to end discrimination in the military "as rapidly as possible."

Here is a timeline of Donald Trump’s relationship with Jeff Sessions

Trump continued his Twitter attacks on Sessions Wednesday — reportedly while the embattled attorney general was in the White House.

Sam Brownback: 3 things to know about Trump’s nominee for ambassador-at-large for religious freedom

Brownback was a key sponsor of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, which created the job he's now nominated for.

Hundreds rally in Times Square to protest Donald Trump’s transgender military ban

“I’m out here to support my trans brothers and sisters who have been serving our military for years and years and years."

Several Republicans are strongly denouncing Trump’s military transgender ban

“Anybody who wants to serve in the military should serve in the military. I don’t agree with the president.”

Worried Trump might pardon himself? Blame Alexander Hamilton.

Hamilton might not have been "thinkin' past tomorrow" when he pushed for broad executive privileges.

Harry Truman desegregated the military 69 years ago. Today, Trump banned transgender troops.

Truman wanted to end discrimination in the military "as rapidly as possible."

Here is a timeline of Donald Trump’s relationship with Jeff Sessions

Trump continued his Twitter attacks on Sessions Wednesday — reportedly while the embattled attorney general was in the White House.