Senators Propose Expanding Natural Climate Solutions
Would increase support for U.S., international efforts
A bipartisan group of Senate lawmakers today proposed to greatly expand the United States’ support for natural climate solutions.
The new legislation from Sens. Mike Braun, R-Ind., Chris Coons, D-Del., Angus King, I-Maine, and Todd Young, R-Ind. encourages the sustainable management, restoration and conservation of forests and coastal habitats in support of the global One Trillion Trees Initiative.
We must expand the use of natural climate solutions at home and around the globe. Passing this bill will signal to the world the United States is ready to engage.
The following is a statement by Lynn Scarlett, chief external affairs officer for The Nature Conservancy:
“The Trillion Trees and Natural Carbon Storage Act affirms the critical role the United States must play in worldwide efforts to tackle climate change, deforestation and habitat loss. Restoring and sustainably managing forests, grasslands, wetlands and blue carbon habitats are all part of the holistic approach necessary to address climate change. We must expand the use of natural climate solutions at home and around the globe. Passing this bill will signal to the world the United States is ready to engage.
“Natural solutions such as forests can provide almost a third of the global solution to climate change needed by 2030, but they are just one piece of the larger climate puzzle. These efforts must work in concert with other efforts, including protecting existing forests and transitioning to clean energy. Only by implementing all of these efforts can we create a more sustainable and resilient future. We commend the senators for this bipartisan effort to advance natural climate solutions.”
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 76 countries and territories—37 by direct conservation impact and 39 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.