We have a moral obligation to leave our children a planet that’s not polluted or damaged, and by taking an all- of-the-above approach to develop homegrown energy and steady, responsible steps to cut carbon pollution, we can protect our kids’ health and begin to slow the effects of climate change so we leave a cleaner, more stable environment for future generations.
– President Barack Obama
On Tuesday, June 25, President Obama spoke at Georgetown University and unveiled a National Climate Action Plan. Watching the speech stream live through www.Whitehouse.gov, I routinely got goosebumps as the President spoke about taking action on issues that are so dear to my heart. At times I admit, I got a little teary-eyed as President Obama outlined a concrete action plan that will take significant steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase renewable energy throughout the United States. I’ve highlighted the key bullet points of the plan below, but you can watch President Obama’s speech on his Climate Action Plan here, well as see a Fact Sheet and an Infographic on the President’s plan. The full Climate Action Plan can be found here.
1) Cut Carbon Pollution in America: In 2012, U.S. carbon emissions fell to the lowest level in two decades even as the economy continued to grow. To build on this progress, the Obama Administration is putting in place tough new rules to cut carbon pollution – just like we have for other toxins like mercury and arsenic – so we protect the health of our children and move our economy toward American-made clean energy sources that will create good jobs and lower home energy bills.
2) Prepare the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change: Even as we take new steps to reduce carbon pollution, we must also prepare for the impacts of a changing climate that are already being felt across the country. Moving forward, the Obama Administration will help state and local governments strengthen our roads, bridges, and shorelines so we can better protect people’s homes, businesses and way of life from severe weather.
3) Lead International Efforts to Combat Global Climate Change and Prepare for its Impacts: Just as no country is immune from the impacts of climate change, no country can meet this challenge alone. That is why it is imperative for the United States to couple action at home with leadership internationally. America must help forge a truly global solution to this global challenge by galvanizing international action to significantly reduce emissions (particularly among the major emitting countries), prepare for climate impacts, and drive progress through the international negotiations.
As a passionate environmentalist, I work every day to further reduce my carbon footprint and increase awareness of climate change. But, I realize that individual action needs to be supported by national policy – I personally can not implement a national carbon trading system, or create a working multi-state composting service (although a girl can dream!) With the new Climate Action Plan, President Obama opens the door to positive policy that will help reduce America’s carbon emissions and increase green jobs and green energy. I am 100% on-board. Won’t you join me and tell President Obama that you support him?