Joe Biden’s Environmental Policies helped him win the Progressive Millennial Vote in the 2020 US Elections
“Walk the talk” is every citizen’s response to any aspiring leader who wishes to gain the people’s votes in order to put him in the position he wishes to be in. And there are only a few out of ten aspirants who can actually walk the talk. For so long, the world’s greatest problem has always been about the environment – several environmental issues.
Several movements were already pursued by multiple countries but only a few flourished and others sink, given that some programs did not receive much support from the government. Despite many protests to stop illegal activities that could affect the environment, environmental exploitation was never eradicated completely.
Not until November 2020, amidst the crowded US elections of America’s 46th President, Joe Biden, now President-elect who came out victorious from the election, emphasized his priority to enrich his environmental agenda and restore what 45thPresident Donald Trump, dismantled during his time.
Joe Biden’s Environmental Policies
President Joe Biden is only one of the several Americans who wish to pursue his plans and policies concerning the environment.
Shrinking carbon emissions
Climate change is a global challenge that requires decisive action from every country around the world. Joe Biden vowed to stand with America’s allies, stand up to adversaries, and level with any world leader about what must be done. He will not only recommit the United States to the Paris Agreement on climate change. He plans to lead an effort to get every major country to ramp up the ambition of their domestic climate targets, especially in making commitments transparent and enforceable, and stop countries from cheating by using America’s economic leverage and power of example. Most importantly, Biden will fully integrate climate change into our foreign policy and national security strategies, as well as our approach to trade.
a greater focus on environmental justices
Currently, the US federal government has two key environmental justice groups. Biden will elevate and reestablish the groups as the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council and White House Environmental Justice Interagency Council, both reporting directly to the Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), who reports directly to the President. To support this work, Biden’s CEQ will also have senior and dedicated environmental justice staff. These two councils will be charged with revising EO 12898 to address current and historic environmental injustice, in collaboration with local environmental justice leaders.
reach out to communities most affected by pollution,
Biden will directly invest in federal agencies aimed at eliminating legacy pollution – especially in communities of color, rural and urban low-income communities, and indigenous communities. This includes funds for replacing and remediating lead service lines and lead paint in households, daycares, and schools in order to ensure all communities have access to safe drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. With this, Bidens aims to create good-paying union jobs and help to build infrastructure that is resilient to the impacts of climate change in frontline and fenceline communities.
In the third 2020 US Presidential Debates, Joe Biden said, “Those people live on what they call fence lines. [Trump] doesn’t understand this. They live near chemical plants that pollute, chemical plants and oil plants, and refineries that pollute. I used to live near that when I was growing up in Claymont, Delaware and there are more oil refineries in Marcus Hook and the Delaware River than there is any place, including in Houston at the time.
When my mom got in the car to drive me to school, turning the windshield wiper, there’d be an oil slick in the window. That’s why so many people in my state were dying and getting cancer. The fact is those frontline communities, it’s not a matter of what you’re paying them. It matters how you keep them safe. What do you do? You impose restrictions on the pollutions that if the pollutants coming out of those fence line communities.”
and supply jobs in relation to creating a greener future.
Joe Biden proposes a federal investment of $1.7 trillion over the next ten years, leveraging additional private sector and state and local investments to total more than $5 trillion. President Trump’s tax cut led to trillions in stock buybacks and created new incentives to shift profits abroad. Joe Biden believes we should instead invest in a Clean Energy Revolution that creates jobs here at home.
The Millenial Impact on 2020 US Elections
These platforms he presented and wanted to pursue gained him much attention especially to the youth and even young Swedish Climate Activist, Greta Thunberg who showed her support and said, “From a climate perspective it’s very far from enough and many of you, of course, supported other candidates. But, I mean…you know…damn! Just get organized and get everyone to vote #Biden.”
As we all know, the 17-year old sparked influence in 2018 after protesting in a Global Climate Movement in the Swedish Parliament and encouraged the youth to support Biden and his platforms that can restore the environment. In 2020, Falcon wrote in his article that “Despite a tendency to be dismissed or disparaged by older Americans, CIRCLE estimates that 49-52% of young people participated in the election — and say the final tally could reach up to 56%.”
Consequently, there are about 75% of millennials who care about the environment, and having Biden vocally crusading about his plans for the environment, the number of young voters increased and did make an impact to change the run of the election, having Joe Biden reign victorious from the said election. Biden’s principled environmental policies, in particular, helped him win over the hearts of many, especially the millennials.
The emphasis of listening more to the young people encouraged most to stand up and speak. For years, younger generations’ opinions were often neglected and ignored. By now and given this example, younger generations might be able to change some runs that are happening in the world right at this moment.
So if you are a young person reading this right now or have youth in your family and social circle, don’t give up. You hold the future of the world. Use your right to vote and elect principled leaders who care for the environment and welfare of the people into power. This is the best way to go zero waste. Don’t waste your voice in this world. Fight for a more sustainable world in every way possible.