The president of the United States Joe Biden announced a new initiative that involves the formation of an “army” of young people for the climate. L’American Climate Corps aims to recruit 20,000 young Americans in the first year of activity, with the aim of training them in the skills considered fundamental to face the challenge of the climate crisis, from the world of economics to that of clean energy.
The members of the climate army announced by Biden, the White House explains in a note, will be trained to «preserve our lands and watersstrengthening the resilience of communities, promoting the justice environmental, using energy clean, implementing technologies energy efficient and tackling climate change.” Washington promises there will be among the central points of the project equity and environmental justice“giving priority to communities traditionally left behind.”
Behind the project, almost 500 million dollars of investments allocated by the Biden – Harris administration to encourage youth employment including in clean energy and other climate-focused careers.
Since taking office in the White House, Democratic President Biden has made a significant change in direction climate policies of the United States compared to its predecessor Donald Trump: among his first steps as new president, for example, was the reintroduction of the country among the signatories of the Paris Agreement, from which it had withdrawn under Republican leadership.
Furthermore, in August 2022, with the Inflation Reduction Act, Biden brought home what is considered to be the climate law most ambitious in history, and promised to halve U.S. emissions by 2030 compared to 2005 levels.
Per move from words to deedsHowever, the country will have to do more: according to the analysis of Climate Action Tracker, the USA is currently far from the path necessary to achieve the objective. In fact, if no further policies are implemented, US emissions are expected to decrease by 26-42 percent compared to 2005 levels in 2030.
According to many, then, Washington should commit itself in a more concrete way also in consideration of the historical responsibility that comes from being the country that has emitted the largest quantities of greenhouse gas emissions in history, contributing decisively to the ongoing climate crisis.
Among other things, the commitment of the United States in the context of the climate finance in support of the poorest and most vulnerable countries.