President Biden announced a landmark deal in Scotland as over 100 world leaders pledged to end deforestation by 2030.
Joe Biden takes more steps to save the planet
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Biden said, according to a transcript provided to PoliticusUSA by the White House:
The conservation of our forests and other critical ecosystems is imperative – an indispensable element in keeping our climate goals at hand as well as many other key priorities we have together: ensuring clean water, maintaining biodiversity, supporting rural and indigenous communities and reduce the risk of the spread of the disease.
Our forests are also nature’s carbon capture, expelling CO2 from our atmosphere. And I want to recognize the presidents of the [Democratic] Republic of Congo and Gabon, who are here today, for their remarkable commitment to conserve – conserve their forests.
If we all work together to ensure that these precious resources are conserved in Africa and around the world, forests have the potential to reduce – reduce global carbon by more than a third – by more than a third.
Therefore, we must approach this problem with the same seriousness of purpose as the decarbonisation of our economies. This is what we are doing in the United States.
So far we have already exceeded the 2020 Bonn Challenge goal of more than 20 million hectares of forest being restored.
During my first week in office, I issued an executive order that set a goal to conserve at least 30 percent of all U.S. land and water by 2030.
We have put in place protections for Alaska’s Tongass Forest, the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world.
And today I am announcing a new plan to conserve global forests, which will bring together a full range of US government tools – diplomatic, financial and political – to stop forest loss, restore our critical carbon sinks, and improve forest management. territory.
Through this plan, the United States will help the world achieve our common goal of halting the natural loss of forests and restoring at least another 200 million hectares of forest and other ecosystems by 2030.
This is a plan that is the first of its kind, takes an entirely governmental approach and works, in our case, with Congress to distribute up to $ 9 billion in US funding by 2030 to conserve and restore our forests and mobilize billions more from our partners.
As part of this, we will work to ensure that markets recognize the true economic value of natural carbon sinks and motivate governments, landowners and stakeholders to prioritize conservation.
We will work to align private sector investment flows with our climate conservation and conservation objectives, including reducing deforestation, creating sustainable supply chains, pursuing a more sustainable supply of raw materials.
At each step, we will work in partnership with the people most affected by deforestation and more experts in sustainable land management – local communities, indigenous peoples, local governments, civil societies – to ensure that our approaches are effective and focused on the needs of vulnerable populations.
The conservation of forests and other ecosystems can and should play an important role in achieving our ambitious climate goals as part of the net zero emissions strategy we all have.
And the United States will lead by example at home and support other forest-rich nations and developing countries in defining and implementing ambitious actions to conserve and restore these carbon sinks.
I am confident we can do this. All we have to do is evoke a willingness to do what we know is right and we know it is necessary and we know it is within our reach.
So, as simple as it sounds, I think it’s that simple. We go to work. We can do it. And it will have a generational impact.
American leadership is back on climate change
Trump withdrew America from the Paris Accords and the planet paid the price. As president, Biden is showing the difference American leadership makes in the world.
Republicans argue that a warm earth is a good thing, while Biden addressed the crisis directly at home and abroad. The President’s Build Back Better agenda contains a historic amount of investment in clean energy and the fight against climate change in the United States.
America is back. If the world makes real progress on climate change, much of the reason will be Joe Biden’s presidency.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a BA in Political Science. His undergraduate work has focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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