On Earth Day, the President of the US commits to planting 1.2 billion trees and compiles an inventory of ancient trees across the country.
United States President Joe Biden has signed an executive order to strengthen the protection of the country’s ancient forests in an effort to combat the climate crisis that has worsened forest fires and other environmental disasters.
The plan announced on earth day on Friday, it would create the first inventory of old-growth forests on federal land. He also calls for expanding reforestation efforts and forging partnerships to farm forests outside of US government-owned land.
“Our forests are the lungs of our planet. They are literally recycling and taking CO2 out of the atmosphere; that’s what they do,” Biden said during a speech in Seattle, on the West Coast of the United States.
Biden also announced a plan to plant 1.2 billion trees across the country, a move he said would “start the vital work of reforestation in America.”
“It makes sense and it also makes a big difference, including in our cities and on our city streets,” Biden said of the tree-planting plan.
Experts have said that climate change has caused the annual US wildfire season to start earlier and be more intense, especially in the western part of the country. Last summer, the flames destroyed entire communities throughout California and killed thousands of giant Sequoia trees.
Despite Biden’s emphasis on the environment, climate activists they have criticized the American president for not combating the crisis more aggressively.
The White House is now deadlocked social spending agenda it included measures, funded by billions of dollars, to reduce carbon emissions and mitigate the effects of climate change, but due to a deadlock in Congress, it is now all but dead.
But Biden spoke about his own environmental record on Friday, including the push for electric vehicles and provisions in a bipartisan $1 trillion deal. infrastructure bill which he signed into law last year.
“The bipartisan infrastructure bill … that I signed provides billions of dollars for a national network of 500,000 charging stations,” he said.
Still, Biden called on Congress to do more.
“Look around you, cities and states are taking action; companies are acting; I am acting. We need Congress to act too,” she said.
Democrats have a slim majority in the House of Representatives and the smallest of majorities in the Senate, where conservative Democrats Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema have regularly altered Biden’s plans.
On Friday, Biden criticized Republicans for not working with him on important legislation. “This is not your father’s Republican Party…now it’s the MAGA party,” he said, referring to his predecessor. donald trump’s campaign slogan, Make America Great Again.
The US president also highlighted the aspect of racial justice of the environmental crisis, as low-income and more diverse communities are more likely to be hardest hit by environmental disasters.
“We put environmental justice at the core of what we do, addressing the disproportionate impact on health, the environment and the economy that has been borne primarily by communities of color, places that are too often left behind,” he said.
The White House had released a statement previewing the environmental executive order earlier in the day.
“Wildfires and extreme weather events are growing in frequency and ferocity, engulfing communities in the West and across the country and costing lives, homes and money,” he said. “Because President Biden knows the cost of inaction is too high, he is taking bold executive action and reaffirming his calls for Congress to address the climate crisis.”