Looking upward into tall white pines.
Sheldrick Forest Taken in Sheldrick Forest in the Monadnock Highlands region of New Hampshire. © Eric Aldrich/TNC

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Statement of the Nature Conservancy Regarding the Report of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis

On June 30, 2020, the Democrats on the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis released a report, “Solving the Climate Crisis: The Congressional Action Plan for a Clean Energy Economy and a Healthy and Just America.” The report details 12 “pillars” of climate action covering a wide range of climate related activity and impacts.

“We welcome the report released today by members of the House Select Committee, and appreciate the broad range of ideas offered to address the challenge of climate change,” said Lynn Scarlett, Chief External Affairs Officer of The Nature Conservancy. “The science indicates that in order to stave off the most dire impacts of global warming, we need to reach net zero emissions by 2050. Getting there is no small task, and there is no silver bullet. We need a comprehensive set of solutions to address all sectors of the economy. We need to draw from a wide range of tools – nature based solutions, innovative technology, smart standards and market based policies – to get us there. And we need to deploy those tools in a reasoned and equitable way that alleviates the burdens carried too long by frontline communities. 

The impacts of climate change are happening now, and most Americans agree -- we need to start building the climate solution set now. This report is a great first step in a much larger conversation.

Lynn Scarlett Chief External Affairs Officer for The Nature Conservancy

“Most of all, we need to harness the public will in a bipartisan way. One recent survey from Pew Research Center indicates that two thirds of Americans want their government to do more on climate change. Many elements of addressing climate change enjoy even greater support because they bring with them cleaner air, more jobs, and consumer savings,” Scarlett continued. “The impacts of climate change are happening now, and most Americans agree -- we need to start building the climate solution set now. This report is a great first step in a much larger conversation. We look forward to working with the House Select Committee, members of Congress on both sides of the aisle, and other stakeholders in this effort.”

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 79 countries and territories, 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.