President Biden has announced a historic agreement in Scotland as more than 100 world leaders have promised 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 the PoliticusUSA by the White House:
Conserving our forests and other critical ecosystems is indispensable – an indispensable piece to keep our climate goals within reach, as well as many other key priorities we have in common: ensuring clean water, maintaining biodiversity, supporting rural and indigenous communities, and reducing the risk of spreading diseases.
Our forests are also nature’s carbon capture, which moves CO2 out of our atmosphere. And I want to acknowledge the presidents of the [Democratic] Republic of the Congo and Gabon, which are here today, for their significant commitment to conservation – to preserve 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 carbon globally by more than one third – by more than one third.
So, we need to approach this issue with the same seriousness of purpose as degassing our economies. This is what we do in the United States.
We have already exceeded the 2020 Bonn Challenge target of more than 20 million hectares of forest land under restoration.
During my first week in office, I issued an executive order setting the goal of conserving at least 30 percent of all U.S. lands and waters by the year 2030.
We’ve put a protection in place for the Tongass Forest in Alaska, the world’s largest intact temperate rainforest.
And today I am announcing a new plan to conserve global forests, which will bring together a full range of US government instruments – diplomatic, financial and policy – to stop forest loss, repair our critical carbon pits and improve land management.
Through this plan, the United States will help the world achieve our shared goal of stopping natural forest loss and restoring at least an additional 200 million acres of forests and other ecosystems by the year 2030.
It’s a plan of its kind, following a whole government approach and, in our case, working with Congress to deploy up to $ 9 billion in US funding by 2030 to preserve and preserve our forests. recovery 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 wells and motivate governments, landowners and stakeholders to prioritize conservation.
We will work to align the investment flows of the private sector in our climate conservation and conservation objectives, including reducing the drivers of deforestation, creates sustainable supply chains, strives for more sustainable commodity sourcing.
At every step we will work with the people who are most affected deforestation and most experienced in sustainable land management – local communities, indigenous peoples, local governments, civil societies – to ensure 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-emission strategy we all have.
And the United States is going to lead by our example at home and support other forested nations and developing countries to set up and achieve ambitious action to preserve and repair these carbon sinks.
I’m confident we can do it. All we have to do is call on the will to do what we know is right and we know is necessary and we know is within our means.
So, as simple as it sounds, I think it’s that simple. Let’s go to work. We can do it. And it will have a generational impact.
US leadership returns to climate change
Trump withdrew America from the Paris Accords and the planet paid the price. As president, Biden shows the difference that American leadership makes in the world.
Republicans argue that a warmer earth is a good thing, while Biden tackled the crisis directly at home and abroad. The president’s Build Back Better agenda includes a historic amount of investment in clean energy and the fight against climate change in the United States.
America is back. If the world is making concrete progress on climate change, much of the reason for that will be the presidency of Joe Biden.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, specializing in social reform movements.
Awards and professional membership
Member of the Association of Professional Journalists and The American Political Science Association