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Confronting Climate Change

Taking the ocean into account is critical for successfully addressing climate change, and addressing climate change is critical for the future of the ocean


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Principles of a Blue-Green Recovery

Creating Jobs and Tackling the Climate Crisis

The United States is facing multiple crises. As the country struggles to contain the pandemic, the U.S. economy is under strain. At the same time, climate change is damaging communities and taking a serious economic toll. While meeting immediate public health needs remains a top priority for the incoming Administration and Congress, national policymakers contemplating stimulus legislation should ensure that it will create a “climate-smart” recovery to protect the U.S. economy over the long term. The ocean has a critical role to play: it is a significant economic driver that can contribute climate change mitigation and adaptation solutions that benefit frontline communities.

Read the Principles of a Blue-Green Recovery here.

This brief identifies principles to help guide stimulus legislation to bolster the U.S. economy, reduce greenhouse gas pollution, and enhance community resilience to climate impacts, with a focus on ocean-based opportunities. As the Biden Administration and Congress balance the immediate needs of the nation under the stress of a pandemic with an understanding of what comes next to build a durable economy, they can create a blue-green future that equitably benefits all Americans through federal stimulus investments and policy actions.

Read the Principles of a Blue-Green Recovery here.

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