April 27th, 2021
President Joe Biden invited 40 global leaders to the Leaders Climate Summit that took place on Earth Day, April 22nd, 2021. A lot happened at the virtual summit, including President Biden discussing climate change and pledging a 50-52% cut in US greenhouse gas emissions. It is clear that Biden is committed to cutting emissions in the US, which is the second biggest carbon emitter. The Summit marks the beginning of a long fight against the climate crisis. The Biden Administration hopes to set the nation on the right course so it doesn’t step away from the climate battle, no matter who is in office in the future.
Here are some of the highlights of the Summit that you may have missed.
The United States is stepping up
At the Climate Summit, Biden said the United States will lead the way and set an example by cutting up to 52% of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. President Biden urged all leaders to do what they can to limit their greenhouse gas emissions and save the environment. Earlier this year, the US rejoined the Paris Agreement and appointed a US Envoy for Climate; both bold moves to show the country’s commitment to the climate crisis. The US is going to lead by example, and show that we must all work together to fight the climate crisis.
Nations are coming together to fight climate change
The United States wasn’t the only country to pledge a cut in greenhouse gas emissions. Brazil, a critically important nation in the climate fight thanks to the presence of 60% of the Amazon rainforest inside the country, pledged carbon neutrality by 2050 and to end illegal deforestation in the country by 2030. The country is also asking the United States to provide $1 billion to help with conservation efforts.
Many other nations made commitments as well. Japan pledged to cut emissions by 46% by 2030, a major increase from 26%.They are also committing to net-zero emissions by 2050. Canada pledged a 40%-45% emission reduction by 2030. Russia pledged to reduce emissions, but did not specify by how much. South Korea pledged to end public financing of coal-fired power plants overseas. Unfortunately India and China did not increase their current pledges.
President Biden emphasized the importance of adhering to these pledges. He hopes countries can work together in carbon dioxide removal technologies as well as other environmental initiatives.
President Biden’s climate summit marks a shift to clean energy
Climate appears to be at the forefront of Biden’s economic agenda. Not only does he want to help the environment, but he wants to rebuild the economy by doing so. At the Summit, Biden stressed that jobs and economic opportunities go hand-in-hand with his green initiatives. With wind, solar, and nuclear-powered economy, the US can fight climate change. To reach a 100% carbon-free America by 2035, the Biden administration has pledged to move away from fossil fuels. For example, Biden’s current plan includes $174 billion allocated just toward electric vehicle infrastructure.
Freedom Forever is tuned in for the future of clean energy
The Climate Summit marks an important new step in a long fight against climate change. It was exciting and inspiring to see so many nations coming together to discuss the future of the planet. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions, shifting away from fossil fuels, and preserving biodiversity are all key components of the fight against the climate crisis.
Freedom Forever is excited that there are even brighter days ahead for clean energy. With this new commitment from the United States, we are hopeful there will be more policies and incentives on the horizon to encourage the growth of solar. We invite you to be part of this exciting time and go solar with us.