Today was a big day for climate and conservation in the United States. President Biden signed a series of new policies aimed at tackling climate change. From committing to 30×30 to replacing federal fleets with zero emission vehicles, there’s a lot to digest.
What do today’s climate announcements mean for outdoorists?
@Interior to pause new oil + gas leases on public lands
conserving 30% of lands + oceans by 2030
establishment of Civilian Climate Corps Initiative (yay outdoor jobs!)
commitment to environmental justice
— Outdoor Advocacy Project (@outdooradvocacy) January 28, 2021
We encourage you to read the “FACT SHEET: President Biden Takes Executive Actions to Tackle the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad, Create Jobs, and Restore Scientific Integrity Across Federal Government” in full, but if you’re itching to dive straight to the more outdoor-related bits, we’ve pulled ’em for you to make it easier to understand.
Excerpts below are from the Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad Executive Order:
- “directs the Secretary of the Interior to pause on entering into new oil and natural gas leases on public lands or offshore waters to the extent possible, launch a rigorous review of all existing leasing and permitting practices related to fossil fuel development on public lands and waters, and identify steps that can be taken to double renewable energy production from offshore wind by 2030. The order does not restrict energy activities on lands that the United States holds in trust for Tribes. The Secretary of the Interior will continue to consult with Tribes regarding the development and management of renewable and conventional energy resources, in conformance with the U.S. government’s trust responsibilities.”
- “directs federal agencies to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies as consistent with applicable law and identify new opportunities to spur innovation, commercialization, and deployment of clean energy technologies and infrastructure.”
- “commits to the goal of conserving at least 30 percent of our lands and oceans by 2030 and launches a process for stakeholder engagement from agricultural and forest landowners, fishermen, Tribes, States, Territories, local officials, and others to identify strategies that will result in broad participation.”
- “calls for the establishment of a Civilian Climate Corps Initiative to put a new generation of Americans to work conserving and restoring public lands and waters, increasing reforestation, increasing carbon sequestration in the agricultural sector, protecting biodiversity, improving access to recreation, and addressing the changing climate.”
- “reaffirms that the President will host a Leaders’ Climate Summit on Earth Day, April 22, 2021.”
We are thrilled with today’s actions, but acknowledge that all these positive initiatives and commitments must be met with accountability and follow-through. As we shift our advocacy towards more proactive efforts, we must continue to resolve ourselves to remain vigilante that good policy is not just signed, but put into action.
Here are a few resources from around the outdoor community for more information on today’s big announcements:
- Intersectional Environmentalist recorded an Instagram Live with White House Climate Deputy Policy Advisor Ali Zaidi
- “National Parks Will Benefit from Biden Administration’s Public Lands Oil and Gas Moratorium” via National Parks Conservation Association
- “Biden continues leadership on confronting climate crisis and nature loss, prioritizing racial equity” via Wilderness Society
- Outdoor Alliance Statement on Conservation Announcements from Biden Administration