Tonight, President Biden addresses a joint session of Congress during a week that marks his first 100 days in office. From the day he took office, the President has made clear that he wants leadership on the environment to be at the core of his agenda. This is particularly true of his early efforts to address the climate crisis. We have also seen strong action to protect America’s natural heritage, including the halting of oil and gas development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the launch of a collaborative process to conserve 30% of U.S. lands and waters by 2030.

In response, WWF issued the following statement from Alejandro Pérez, senior vice president, policy and government affairs:

“In his first 100 days, President Biden has begun to implement a vision that recognizes and respects the critical role of nature in our lives. The President has delivered a response to the climate crisis that matches the gravity of the challenges we face. His Administration has demonstrated its commitment to ensuring that climate change and the environment are at the core of its policy agenda.

“By rejoining the Paris Agreement, announcing ambitious new targets for reducing US emissions, and pledging to increase America’s investments in international climate solutions, the President is well down the road to re-establishing the US as a global leader on climate action. We hope the Administration will quickly turn these commitments into the concrete actions needed to achieve them and bring the same ambition to global efforts to stem the loss of nature and biodiversity.

“President Biden clearly recognizes that protecting our planet and protecting the American people must go hand in hand, and he understands that our environmental challenges are also economic opportunities. As the Administration drives forward its efforts to forge a clean energy future and mend our broken relationship with nature, WWF stands ready to partner in that vital work.”