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Why This Matters: While environmental groups applauded these announcements, the appointment of Rep. Deb Haaland would make her the first Indigenous cabinet secretary and sends a strong signal that the incoming Biden administration is committed to environmental justice (and hopefully reaching a 30 by 30 goal considering Haaland’s commitment to the goal). Haaland at Interior would mean that for the first time, an Indigenous person would head the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Additionally, Michael Regan will be the first black man to lead the EPA, and as the Huff Post explained: unlike past administrators, he’ll serve alongside a Cabinet tasked with making climate change a priority across agencies.
As the Director of Campaign for Nature, Brian O’Donnell said:
“Representative Deb Haaland is an outstanding pick to lead the Department of the Interior. She has been a leader in the Congress in protecting lands and wildlife and advancing equity and social justice….Her nomination won’t right the wrongs of the past, but it is a step forward that is long overdue.” The Campaign for Nature also noted Haaland’s commitment to conserving 30% of the world’s lands and oceans in a manner that respects and advances Indigenous rights
Campaign for Nature is grateful that Rep. Haaland served on our Global Steering Committee that advocated for setting a global goal protecting and . We look forward to working with her in her new role and offer our heartfelt congratulations.”
Mitch Bernard, NRDC executive director:
“This is a first-rate team that will hit the ground running, taking action to confront the climate crisis, bolster protections for public health and safeguard our natural resources and wildlife. They will stand up for environmental justice and protect communities suffering disproportionately from dirty air, polluted waters and fossil fuel hazard and harm. We look forward to working with these seasoned professionals, and the entire Biden team, to create a cleaner, healthier and more prosperous future for everyone.”
Also worth noting is that Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) who was also a leading contender for Secretary of the Interior issued a very gracious congratulations to “[his] friend Deb Haaland on this momentous and well-earned nomination.”
It’s spring in Paris, they are still struggling with COVID, and yet thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in Paris and numerous other French cities to protest climate change. The French legislature is considering a law to impose tougher measures to combat climate change, but many believe the proposals are not sufficient and so they staged marches in Nancy, Toulouse, Rennes, Lyon, Grenoble, as seen in social media posts.
Why This Matters: Because of the Paris Agreement, France is associated with climate change progress.
As California’s drought conditions are worsening, Nestle is pumping millions of gallons of water from the San Bernardino forest. State water officials have drafted a cease-and-desist order to force the company to stop overpumping from Strawberry Creek, which provides drinking water for about 750,000 people.
by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer In the Biden administration’s first 100 days, the climate crisis and environmental issues have been at the forefront of the administration’s agenda. As Environment America writes in their progress report, “despite the need to rebuild many federal agencies and tackle the COVID-19 crisis, the Biden administration has already taken […]
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