WASHINGTON – “America is once again a strong player in the global effort against climate change with the passage of this historic bill,” said Elizabeth Gray, CEO of the National Audubon Society.
“Science shows that failure to slow the rate of global temperature rise has devastating consequences for birds, and as indicator species found in nearly every habitat on Earth, that is a wake-up call for us all. The provisions in this bill are a leap forward in meeting our goals to reduce emissions.”
The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the Inflation Reduction Act, a sweeping bill that provides funding for clean energy, climate resilience, agricultural and forestry conservation, environmental justice and other provisions that comprise the largest piece of U.S. federal legislation ever to address climate change. The bill will now go to President Biden, who will sign it into law.
“Birds have been telling us that we need urgent action if we are to protect ourselves and the wildlife we love from increasingly severe climate threats,” said Marshall Johnson, chief conservation officer at the National Audubon Society.
“From the plains to the coasts, and from the most remote forests to our most populated cities, climate change affects us all. This is a significant moment for climate action.”
This article was first published by Audubon on 12 August 2022. Lead Image: Great Egret. Photo: Marjorie Melnick/Audubon Photography Awards.
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