President Trump has been in office for only thirteen days and has already signed twenty executive orders. One of which, is the construction of a border wall along the US-Mexico border. However, experts have been pessimistic in evaluating the true value a border wall will bring the United States. Although the political aspects of the wall are controversial, the environmental aspects opposed to the construction of the wall are overwhelming. As of right now, we are already seeing wildlife migrations blocked with the current walls and fences that have already been built. The costs of the construction of the wall would only hurt both the economy as well as the environment. The burning of fossil fuels are contributing to dangerous levels of climate change; unfortunately, the production of large quantities of cement would result in an increased level of carbon dioxide in the environment which leads to global warming.
Fortunately, a movement across the United States has drawn support in opposition of the construction of the wall. Architects and engineers all over the country are uniting against the idea of building this wall as they are required to protect public health, safety, and welfare as an ethical priority in their work. As the architects realize, fueling climate change is not protecting the public health, safety, and welfare of the American people. If President Trump was truly concerned about the safety and prosperity of the United States, he would be focusing his attention on climate change rather than building expensive political statements.