Biden’s Speech Calls on Americans to Listen to Our Planet’s Cries

Graphic by Annabel Driussi for ODP

Yesterday, in his inaugural address, President Biden asked the nation to come together “join forces, stop the shouting and lower the temperature” in an effort to address the crises before us. He asked for a baseline of reality and a true acknowledgment for the challenges ahead, saying that:

Every disagreement doesn’t have to be a cause for total war. And we must reject the culture in which facts themselves are manipulated and even manufactured.

My fellow Americans, we have to be different than this. America has to be better than this. 

Biden addressed climate change directly in stating, “the cry for survival comes from the planet itself, a cry that can’t be any more desperate or any more clear.”

Why This Matters: The pandemic, the recent attack on the Capitol, as well as deep political division among the public meant that President Biden didn’t delve into specific policy goals on climate change as President Obama did in his 2012 inaugural address. Yet, Biden made his commitment to the planet known shortly after the festivities by recommitting to the Paris Climate Agreement and issuing a “temporary moratorium” on all oil and gas leasing activities in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

 

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