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When 2020 began, many people were counting Joe Biden out and Kamala Harris’ Presidential run had already ended — what a difference a year makes. Biden surprised many progressives with a strong climate and environmental justice plan that only got stronger as the campaign went on. In April, we wrote about how Biden received his first endorsement from a major environmental group, the League of Conservation Voters, which has spent tens of millions in recent elections to help elect green candidates. The LCV was the first of many green groups to engage with Biden’s campaign on environmental issues and eventually issue their own endorsements. On Earth Day, Biden received the endorsement of 80 leading scientists — many of them Nobel Laureates — underscoring the fact that his policies would be based, as he often said, on science rather than fiction. Our Daily Planet endorsed Biden in June.
Biden’s climate plan got stronger after a task force of leaders from across the climate movement advised him on how to strengthen his proposals — ultimately resulting in a $2T plan that was the strongest climate plan ever supported by a Democratic Presidential candidate. Perhaps the defining moment on climate came in the speech Biden gave outlining the plan in which he said, famously now,
“When Donald Trump thinks aboutclimate change, the only word he can muster is ‘hoax.’ When I think about climate change, the word I think of is ‘jobs.”
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor One year after founding the $10 billion Bezos Earth Fund, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has earmarked $1 billion for conservation efforts aimed at protecting 30% of all lands and waters by 2030. The organization stated in a press release that it would prioritize “areas that are important for biodiversity […]
By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer In October 2020, Prince William created the EarthShot Prize, a £1 million reward for five innovations that help improve climate and conservation issues. This year, fifteen finalists have been selected. Winners will be chosen from across five categories: Protect and Restore Nature; Clean Our Air; Revive our Oceans; Build […]
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Young people worldwide are feeling chronic stress about the climate crisis, a new study shows. The largest study on young people’s climate anxiety to date surveyed thousands of 16 to 25-year-olds from the UK, Finland, France, US, Australia, Portugal, Brazil, India, the Philippines, and Nigeria. It found that young […]
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