President Biden and his administration are taking larger steps into controlling climate change–on April 21st he announced the creation of the White House Office of Environmental Justice to combat the unequal burden found between BIPOC and climate change. More details to come on a later account.

“I’ve flown over thousands of acres of land burned flat by wildfire because of environmental changes. I’ve seen too many communities turned to rubble by storms growing more frequent and ferocious. It’s an existential threat to our nation and literally to the world. I wish I could say that everyone saw it this way,” stated President Biden.  

Then, April 20th the day previous, President Biden and his team convened with the leaders of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) to discuss larger efforts to tackle the climate crisis and keep on track in limiting the global warmth to 1.5C. Biden announced new highlights and steps in reducing the US’s emissions by 50-52% by 2030, and supporting developing countries with climate action.

Including–providing $1 billion to the Green Climate Fund, requesting $500 million for the Amazon Fund and other related activities, and inviting countries to join the US and other environmental allies in leveraging the multilateral development banks to better address global challenges such as climate change. Efforts in keeping the globe’s surface temperature at the 1.5C limit include–driving down emissions in the power and transportation sectors, ending the deforestation in the Amazon and other international forests, reducing CO2 pollutants through the Methane Finance Sprint initiative, and advancing carbon management in country partnerships. 

The in attendance leaders were briefed on why the current preservation actions are critical in limiting the planet’s temperature to 1.5C by 2100. The MEF economies account for about 80% of the global GDP and global GHG emissions. Since reconvening in 2021 by President Biden, MEF has helped invigorate the global climate response, ultimately contributing to the achieved progress at the United Nations Climate Conferences in Glasgow and Sharm El-Sheikh. Throughout the discussion, leaders were set to announce their own set of steps pertaining to their countries efforts in creating a circular, secure and sustainable clean energy economy. 

“The most recent findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change underscore more urgently than ever that the window for decisive action to avert the gravest consequences of climate change is quickly narrowing,” stated the published report.  

The published White House briefing room report/ fact sheet heavily details each environmental and sociological focal point handled within the new set of regulations and initiatives. Breaking down each section into comprehensible pieces–stating the predicted forthcomings and current state of each malleable sector in the US.