US Secretary of State speaks on US Climate Change policy

This afternoon, the U.S Secretary of State, Antony J. Blinken gave a speech on U.S. climate change policies under President Joe Biden's administration. It clearly showed that the United States government has made a marked and encouraging turnabout in its policies in the 89 days that President Biden has been in in office.  The text of the lengthy speech follows:

SPEECH

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE

PHILIP MERRILL ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER

ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND

APRIL 19, 2021

SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Well, good afternoon, everyone.  And Will, thank you for a wonderful introduction.  And thank you for lending us this absolutely spectacular setting and backdrop – certainly the best setting and backdrop I’ve had in my brief tenure as Secretary.  And thanks so much to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for your lasting commitment to save the Bay.

The Chesapeake Bay was formed nearly 12,000 years ago by melting glaciers.  Today, it stretches 200 miles and is home to over 3,600 species of plants and animals.  A hundred thousand rivers and streams feed over 50 billion gallons of water into the Bay every single day.  More than 18 million people live in the watershed, and many rely on it for their livelihood.  The local seafood industry alone provides some 34,000 jobs and nearly $900 million in annual income.

And yet, as Will alluded to, warming temperatures caused by human activity are transforming the Bay.  Its water is rising.  And the land – including where I stand right now – is sinking due to the melting of the glaciers that formed the Bay.  If this continues at the current pace, in just 80 years, the Bay will extend inland for miles, overtaking the homes of 3 million people, destroying roads, bridges, farms.  Many of the Bay’s plants and animals will die out.  So will the fishing industry.  To my children’s children, the landscape will be unrecognizable.

We have to stop this from happening while we still can.

That’s why President Biden took steps to rejoin the Paris Agreement right after taking office, and named Secretary Kerry as our nation’s first Special Presidential Envoy for Climate to lead our efforts around the world.  It’s also why President Biden invited 40 world leaders to Washington this week for a summit on climate. And it’s why the Biden-Harris administration will do more than any in history to meet our climate crisis.  This is already an all-hands-on-deck effort across our government and across our nation.  Our future depends on the choices we make today.

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FSM’s first Green Climate Fund project begins

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PALIKIR, Pohnpei—On March 19th, 2021, His Excellency David W. Panuelo—President of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)—gave an address on the occasion of the signing of the Nation’s first single-country project with the Green Climate Fund (GCF). The FSM Climate Resilient Food Security Project, the result of diligent effort on behalf of Micronesia Conservation Trust and the GCF National Designated Authority Office in Palikir, with support from the Departments of Resources & Development, Environment, Climate Change, & Emergency Management, and Finance & Administration, the State Governments of Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei, and Kosrae, the College of Micronesia-FSM, The Nature Conservancy, the U.S. Agency for International Development, et al., is a 9.4 million-dollar project of which nearly 8.6 million will be directly financed by the GCF.

Operating under the broader theme of Climate Change adaptation, the entirety of the FSM will benefit directly or indirectly from the project which focuses on climate resilient food security for farming households across the Nation. It is expected that approximately 68,250 Micronesian farmers will directly benefit from the project, with an additional 44,390 Micronesians benefiting indirectly.

The project is a comprehensive national effort to increase the resilience of vulnerable communities to food insecurity due to Climate Change, by improving access to climate information, investing in climate-smart agriculture and livelihood practices, and developing agricultural markets and value chains.

The project is the GCF’s first single-country project in the FSM, and its first project with the Micronesia Conservation Trust. It represents a milestone in delivering rapid financial support for building Climate Change adaptation and engages a wide spectrum of stakeholders at the Government, academic, and household levels.

“The Climate Resilient Food Security for Farming Households Across the FSM Project will be the first system-wide project of its kind in the FSM,” said President Panuelo. “It is country-owned and will remain country-driven, as national organizations will be the implementing and executing entities. This project will be targeting the most vulnerable to Climate Change to support their ability to withstand the multiple threats of Climate Change impacts.”

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