Today, the White House released President Biden’s Build Back Better Framework. The framework includes a historic $555 billion investment to take on the climate crisis and would set the U.S. on track to cut carbon emissions in half by 2030.
It is time for serious, historic climate action, and the Build Back Better Framework will put the U.S. on the path toward climate justice. As young Christians, we know that we do not have time to waste; our neighbors are suffering from the weight of climate change now, and our future is in danger. In the past few months alone, 1 in 3 people in America felt the impacts of climate change in the form of wildfires, droughts, extreme storms, and flooding. We cannot afford to continue ignoring the climate crisis.
This summer, over 250 young Christians joined us in calling for bold clean energy infrastructure investments. We welcome this historic $555 billion investment that will create millions of jobs while lowering energy costs for families. We also know cannot address climate change without addressing interconnected concerns like racial and economic injustice, and so we are pleased that the BBB framework will target 40% of investments in communities on the frontlines of climate change and also includes a new Civilian Climate Corps.
This is just the beginning, and there is still more work to be done. We call on Congress to fulfill its moral responsibility to boldly address the climate crisis and to stop playing political football with our future. It is time for climate justice. Young people are watching, and we will not accept anything less.