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John Kerry to become U.S. Envoy for Climate

February 3, 2021 | 3min read

What it means for the environment

In response to his promise to address the climate crisis, President Biden has named former Secretary of State John Kerry the first-ever U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate. 

John Kerry previously worked alongside President Obama, helping with the negotiation of the Paris Agreement on climate change. By creating this new cabinet-level position, President Biden expects the United States will take the lead on climate change, abroad and at home. John Kerry insists the climate crisis is an “urgent national security threat” and looks to invest in proactive approaches to prevent damage and minimize crisis effects. The Biden Administration announced a goal of zero-emissions by 2050 for the U.S. John Kerry’s appointment is one step toward achieving this goal. 

Rejoining the Paris Agreement 

John Kerry previously helped negotiate the agreement, and he will now be a crucial player in keeping Paris Agreement members accountable. According to the Paris Agreement, we must hold Earth’s temperature increase to 1.5 degrees. John Kerry will work toward this goal by setting domestic initiatives to cut emissions and invest in renewable energies. Kerry expects that this goal may need more ambitious initiatives within the agreement.  Progress on the Paris Agreement will be reviewed at the U.N. climate conference, slated for November 2021.

Ambition, resilience, and adaptation

At the Climate Adaptation Summit 2021, which just occurred digitally in late January, Kerry stated his commitment to protect vulnerable communities that are already facing the inevitable impacts of the climate crisis. Until we reach the 1.5 – degree limit goal, we continue to face the effects of emissions already in the atmosphere. Kerry wants to build community resilience and mitigate inevitable effects to prevent economic development reversal. There will be an increased investment for adaptation and resilience programming within our country. Kerry is ambitious with foreign policy and climate change; the Biden Administration will work with private businesses to promote collaboration with other countries to mitigate climate crisis effects in developing countries. 

Freedom Forever Supports John Kerry’s climate goals

John Kerry will be supporting President Biden’s plan to move toward renewable energies and away from traditional fuels. Installing solar is one way to prevent the worst-case scenario by stopping the increase of greenhouse gasses levels in the atmosphere. It also reduces water pollution. Unlike geothermal power plants or biomass plants, solar does not need water to generate electricity. Furthermore, solar does not contribute to hazardous waste in landfills and other dumping facilities. Solar can have many financial benefits, but you could argue the environmental benefits are even greater!

According to a study called Response to ‘Burden of proof: A comprehensive review of the feasibility of 100% renewable-electricity systems, it is feasible to switch to 100% renewable energy. Freedom Forever is proud to do its part during this transition. As one of the fastest-growing companies in America, we are excited to make solar energy an exciting adaptation and do our part in reducing the temperature increase. We are committed to making switching to solar feasible and affordable. 

If you are interested in joining the Biden Administration, John Kerry, and Freedom Forever in the fight against the climate crisis, check out some of the jobs currently available at Freedom Forever. Also, join the transition by exploring your options to go solar with Freedom Forever, one of the nation’s largest solar installers. 

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