President Biden has promised to make tackling the climate crisis a top priority. Doing so will require his Administration to both advance policies domestically and recommit the United States to international efforts to address this global challenge.
The ocean must be a core part of President Biden’s environmental efforts. The ocean absorbs more than 90 percent of the heat caused by our emissions and over 25 percent of our excess carbon dioxide and supports the lives and livelihoods of people across the country and around the world.
There are several opportunities for the Biden Administration to advance bold, swift action to harness the power and potential of the ocean to tackle the climate crisis and create a more sustainable, more equitable future for people and the planet. An Ocean Agenda for the new Administration to adopt and advance this year should include key priorities to:
Commit the United States to 30x30
Update: On January 27, 2021, President Biden committed the United States to the goal of protecting 30% of land and waters by 2030. The bold and inclusive vision will support the efforts of people across the country, including rural communities, Tribal Nations, and many others on the frontlines of conserving, stewarding, restoring, using, and enjoying nature.
President Biden has previously noted protecting 30 percent of America’s land and waters this decade is critical for safeguarding species and buoying biodiversity. The Administration should commit the United States to this global goal and engage local communities to institute processes to identify and manage areas for protection to meet this threshold.