- “Averting the worst impacts of climate change is not a sprint, but a marathon that needs to be conducted at a sprint pace.”
“President Biden has hit the ground running on climate, not least in bringing the US back into the Paris Agreement. It is good to see, after a dismal era of truth being presented as ‘fake news’, that the President is putting science back into policymaking. The Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s call for Biden to declare a national climate emergency is another positive move from the US.
“It is good to see Biden making up for the lost time of his predecessor with executive orders on climate change. It's vital that US climate action be at the scale and speed needed to limit global heating to 1.5ºC. To respond to the science and acknowledge its historical responsibility, the US will additionally need to support vulnerable countries and communities globally to adapt to extant and already locked-in climate impacts. Averting the worst impacts of climate change is not a sprint, but a marathon that needs to be conducted at a sprint pace.
“The announcement that the US will host a Climate Leaders’ Summit on Earth Day in April is a welcome sign that the US is back. But convening a talk shop is not enough: this Summit needs to lead to strong and clear commitments towards a climate-friendly and sustainable global recovery from the pandemic, that leaves no one behind.”