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Washington, D.C. – Bread for the World today welcomed President Joe Biden’s pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 during the White House-hosted virtual Leaders Summit on Climate. The following statement can be attributed to Jordan Teague, interim co-director of policy analysis & coalition building at Bread for the World:
“Bread for the World welcomes President Biden’s pledge to significantly reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. As one of the largest producers of greenhouse gasses, the United States must take a leadership role in bringing these emissions under control, including through climate-smart agriculture.
“Climate change is a primary driver of hunger globally. It causes droughts, floods, and unpredictable weather patterns which make it difficult for farmers in developing countries to grow their crops. Climate change is also contributing to the crises in Central America and elsewhere that are driving people from their homes.
“Bread was pleased the administration acknowledges historically disadvantaged communities in the U.S. have been hit hardest by climate change, and that it is committed to prioritizing investments in these communities. We encourage the administration to do more to ensure equitable outcomes by engaging historically disadvantaged communities in all phases of planning, implementing, and evaluation of climate adaptation and mitigation strategies.
“While we affirm and commend the significant progress that could be achieved in this proposed plan, we recommend incorporating the use of agriculture and forestry to reduce emissions and capture carbon. We further urge the administration to create and increase opportunities for land access among Native American, Black, and other farmers of color as well as opportunities to partner in developing climate-smart agriculture solutions.”
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