Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia.
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Statement of The Nature Conservancy Concerning the Senate Vote on the Green New Deal Resolution

Arlington, Va.

ARLINGTON, VA. (March 26, 2019) – The Nature Conservancy believes that the future of our communities, our economy and the natural places upon which all life depends requires moving to a low carbon future. While the vote today shows there is not bipartisan support for the Green New Deal resolution, we call on Congress to recognize the urgency of climate change. We urge Congress to debate and act on policies that significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while sustaining a healthy economy and the well-being of communities.

“We share the urgency expressed by those supporting the Green New Deal about the need to address climate change. We also agree that the transition to a low-carbon economy must engage all communities, including those most impacted by the transition,” says Lynn Scarlett, Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs for The Nature Conservancy.  

“We welcome serious discussions about climate solutions,” Scarlett said. “We are prepared to support legislative proposals that immediately reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We are especially optimistic about market-based proposals for a price on carbon.”

“We look forward to engaging with the members of the 116th Congress of the United States to find effective, durable solutions that can garner bipartisan support.”

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, 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.