President Joe Biden is celebrating Earth Day by announcing new steps to strengthen the nation’s forests against the threat of climate change.
Biden will sign an executive order that aims to protect some of the nation’s largest and more mature trees, strengthen reforestation efforts and fight global deforestation. The order calls for the government to undertake the first-ever inventory of mature and old-growth forests on federal lands, senior administration officials told USA Today.
Over the last century, wildfires have grown aggressively throughout the U.S., leaving behind acres of burnt land and smaller forests. Climate activists have been calling on businesses, governments and even individuals to do their part to protect forests and decrease deforestation.
Earlier this week, climate scientists were arrested after protesting for change around the globe. Their focus ranges on everything from decreasing fossil fuel use to protecting national forests.
“It’s not political to tell the truth,” soil scientist Rose Abramoff explained. “Serving the habitability of life on this planet is not and should not be a political issue.”
Biden has set a goal of conserving at least 30 percent of U.S. lands and waters by 2030. This new order requires federal agencies to set goals for reforestation and create reports on how government policies can be implemented to stop global deforestation.