On Tuesday, the Fifth National Climate Assessment was released to evaluate recent progress made towards addressing climate change in the U.S. The congressionally mandated report holds government, industry, and citizens accountable for meeting international climate goals and avoiding the worst impacts of climate change. Even though climate action has increased in every region of the U.S. and greenhouse gas emissions have decreased, the U.S. still needs to take aggressive action to reach net zero by 2050, in accordance with national and international agreements to limit global warming to below 2°C.
In response to the release of the report, Dream.Org National Climate Investments Director Jacquelyn Omotalade issued the following statement:
“The findings of the National Climate Assessment are a stark reminder of the urgent need for comprehensive climate action that limits global warming while uplifting communities most vulnerable to its impacts. The report underscores the disproportionate impact of climate change on marginalized communities, particularly communities of color who have historically suffered environmental disparities.”
“At Dream.Org, our commitment lies in harnessing Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) funding to correct historical imbalances and foster economic opportunities for marginalized communities. This includes ensuring equitable access to work opportunities and wealth creation for people of color. Moreover, it's imperative that we expedite the adoption of clean technologies. The IRA's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) is a crucial tool in this pursuit, facilitating the swift deployment of such technologies. This fund serves as a linchpin, enabling us to maximize the impact of every allocated public dollar designated for combatting climate change. As we address past injustices and embrace innovative approaches, our collective aim remains steadfast: crafting a future where every community not only survives but thrives amidst the challenges posed by climate change.”