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Biden Administration’s First Day Brings Progress on Climate, Nature

United States to Rejoin Paris Agreement on Climate Crisis, Review Trump Environmental Actions

January 27 Update:

New U.S. Actions Elevate Climate Crisis, Land and Water Conservation, Environmental Justice and the Role of Science 

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U.S. President Joe Biden moved swiftly on his first day in office to take executive actions aimed at reversing or reviewing actions from his predecessor on the environment and climate change. Notably, this includes announcing the intent for the United States to rejoin the Paris Agreement, part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It also takes early steps to review actions on fuel economy, emissions and energy efficiency standards as well as boundaries and protections of some national monuments, among other actions.

“President Biden has acted quickly to send a strong signal to Americans—and the rest of the world—that the United States prioritizes renewed leadership on the climate crisis and conservation,” said Jennifer Morris, CEO of The Nature Conservancy. “This is an urgently needed strong start for the administration to address climate change and protect nature. The existential threat we face requires actions like this to move quickly and dramatically. Rebuilding the foundation of environmental laws, protections and agreements eroded in the previous administration is a fundamental first step.

This is an urgently needed strong start for the administration to address climate change and protect nature.

Jennifer Morris CEO of The Nature Conservancy

“Leaving the Paris Agreement was always a mistake for the United States, as was weakening fuel efficiency, emissions and energy efficiency standards. The climate emergency requires quick action to correct such mistakes. Science indicates that we have to reach net zero emissions by 2050, which will take a significant commitment and ambitious actions from all countries around the world in both the public and private sectors.”

“We’re pleased to see that the Biden administration is committed to prompt, substantive and equitable climate action and conservation. We’re looking forward to working with this administration and with the new Congress to advance additional policies that achieve substantive, durable emissions reductions, and help nature, our economy, and all communities thrive.”

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 72 countries and territories: 38 by direct conservation impact and 34 through partners, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.