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STATEMENT: Biden-Harris Administration’s Conservation Roadmap Harnesses the Power of Nature To Combat the Climate Crisis

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Biden-Harris administration released a report recommending a 10-year, locally led campaign to conserve and restore the nation’s lands, waters, and oceans. The report launches the America the Beautiful Campaign and lays out principles for meeting the national goal of conserving 30 percent of America’s lands, waters, and oceans by 2030. In response, Center for American Progress founder John Podesta released the following statement:

By conserving and restoring 30 percent of land, water, and oceans by 2030, the Biden-Harris administration is harnessing the power of nature to address the climate crisis and to bring nature’s benefits to all people. COVID-19’s reach has shown that human health and nature’s health are inextricably linked—and that only bold, decisive action can stem these interlocking crises. Today’s report is an important step toward ensuring that every American can enjoy clean air, clean water, and all that nature provides.

Senior vice president for Energy and Environment Christy Goldfuss, released the following statement:

Protecting nature is one of the most important actions we can take to combat the climate crisis. Today’s report is a crucial step toward President Biden’s promise to ensure that all Americans have a stable climate, clean air, safe drinking water, and access to nature. It’s going to take an all-of-society approach to achieve the vision for a 100 percent clean economy that this administration has boldly laid out, and this report underscores that nature has a big role to play. By conserving special places—such as forests, wetlands, and the ocean—that safely remove carbon from the atmosphere and help communities to be more resilient to the impacts of climate change, we can ensure a livable climate for future generations.

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