President Biden signed an Executive Order on January 27 to address the climate and conservation crises in the US and around the world. The measures Biden has committed to will:
- Center the Climate Crisis in US Foreign Policy and National Security Considerations: Exercise US leadership to reduce emissions in the short term and reach net zero global emissions by 2050 while developing the US's emissions reduction target plan under the Paris Agreement
- Rebuild our Infrastructure for a Sustainable Economy: Catalyze job creation, ensure that federal infrastructure investments reduce climate change impacts, and accelerate clean energy projects
- Advance Conservation, Agriculture, and Reforestation: Commits to the goal of conserving at least 30% of our land and ocean by 2030 and launches a process for stakeholder engagement from fishermen, Tribes, Territories, States, local officials, and landowners while working to conserve and restore public lands and waters, increase reforestation and carbon sequestration in agriculture, protect biodiversity, and improve access to recreation
- Secure Environmental Justice and Spur Economic Opportunity: Make environmental justice part of the mission of every federal agency while addressing current and historical environmental injustices, including strengthening environmental justice monitoring and enforcement
- Revitalize Energy Communities: Reduce emissions of pollutants from existing and abandoned infrastructure from thousands of former mining and well sites and explore opportunities to turn areas like brownfields into new hubs for economic growth
We are thrilled at these measures to protect our lands, climate, and waters, as well as President Biden's recognition that protecting our ocean is key to protecting our climate.