On December 9, 2019, a coalition of environmental organizations led by Center for Biological Diversity and including Urban Bird Foundation released the action plan “Ten Climate Actions for the Next President’s First Ten Days in Office,” which identifies the top 10 bold climate actions that the next President can take without Congress.
The Plan unpacks the top 10 executive actions—that do not require action by Congress—that the next President must take to tackle the climate emergency in her/his first 10 days in office. Uniting our voices now in demanding the next President take these necessary steps is essential to achieving climate leadership that meets demands of science and justice. While the plan is focused on what the President can do, it is designed to work with Congressional action as well as action at the community, local and state levels.
While the actions outlined in this plan can be initiated by a single individual—the President—they will touch the lives of every person living in America and those beyond who are harmed by the climate crisis.
The first steps that would put us clearly on a path to a regenerative and inclusive society can be launched immediately by the next President. In January 2021, we will insist that the next President take these ten steps in their first ten days in office. These ten actions form the necessary foundation for the country’s true transformation to a safer, healthier, and more equitable world for everyone.
TEN ESSENTIAL CLIMATE ACTIONS THE NEXT PRESIDENT CAN TAKE WITHOUT CONGRESS
- Declare a national climate emergency under the National Emergencies Act
- Keep fossil fuels in the ground: End new fossil fuel leasing and development approvals, ban fracking, and commit to a plan to phase out existing extraction.
- Stop fossil fuel exports and infrastructure approvals.
- Shift financial flows from fossil fuels to climate solutions.
- Use the Clean Air Act to set a science-based national pollution cap for greenhouse pollutants. Then use all Clean Air Act programs to drive emissions towards zero economy-wide.
- Power the electricity sector with 100% clean and renewable energy by 2030 and promote energy democracy.
- Launch a just transition to protect our communities, workers, and economy.
- Advance Climate Justice: Direct federal agencies to assess and mitigate environmental harms to disproportionately impacted Indigenous Peoples, People and Communities of Color, and low-wealth communities.
- Make polluters pay: Investigate and prosecute fossil fuel polluters for the damages they have caused. Commit to veto all legislation that grants legal immunity for polluters, undermines existing environmental laws, or advances false solutions.
- Rejoin the Paris Agreement and lead with science-based commitments that ensure that the United States, as the world’s largest cumulative historical emitter, contributes its fair share and advances climate justice.
The actions called for in this Presidential action plan can be implemented by the President acting alone without any Congressional action. These ten actions form the necessary foundation for the country’s true transformation to a safer, healthier, and more equitable world for everyone.
Read more about this plan at climatepresident.org