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Call for Climate & Conservation Investments in the Build Back Better Act

From life-threatening flooding and hurricanes to wildfires and heatwaves, we're experiencing the impacts of climate change at our doorsteps. The crisis facing our natural world is undeniable, but it's not too late to invest in real solutions. Right now, Congress has the opportunity to prioritize transformative climate action with the budget reconciliation process and the Build Back Better Act. Members of Congress need to hear from you.

This action is only open to US residents. Messages directly sent to Congress require all information fields to be filled out. We encourage you to personalize your message below, and let your representative know why this issue is important to you.

Dear your U.S. representative, your U.S. senators,

As Congress works to pass budget reconciliation legislation for Fiscal Year 2022, I ask that you ensure support for real and effective solutions in the fight against climate change and nature loss. Please include major new investments in the following priorities as part of the Build Back Better Act:

1. Accelerate investments in clean energy and the transition away from fossil fuels.
Include provisions to invest in transformative solutions to unleash the clean energy economy and cut US carbon emissions by more than half by 2050, including clean energy tax incentives, investments in clean energy and clean transportation infrastructure, research and development, and a Clean Electricity Performance Program.

2. Increase investments in conservation programs.
By funding Nature-based Solutions to climate change and programs to conserve and restore carbon-rich lands and waters and protect endangered wildlife species, Congress can safeguard our natural resources from climate change impacts while also making significant progress towards the goal of net-zero emissions.

3. Invest in recycling performance and reduce reliance on virgin plastic.
Congress should include provisions to reduce waste and drive a circular economy domestically, including measures to encourage product phase-outs and extended producer responsibility; a national deposit return system as a financial incentive to close the loop on used materials; and a virgin plastic fee to realign market incentives and address recycling infrastructure shortfalls.

4. Repeal the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge drilling program and buy back existing leases from the January 2021 lease sale.
Congress should include language to undo the provision of the 2017 tax law that opened the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas leasing and development. The lease sale held under that law generated less than 1% of the revenue projected by its proponents. This underscores the recklessness of an Arctic Refuge drilling program from both a fiscal and an environmental perspective.

5. Catalyze food waste prevention and recycling.
As called for in the Zero Food Waste Act (H.R. 4444/S. 2389), invest in food waste reduction by providing state governments, Native nations, and local communities with incentives to prevent waste and to ensure alternatives to sending food waste to landfills and incinerators.

6. Establish a Civilian Climate Corps.
Invest in the creation of a Civilian Climate Corps to build a new generation of conservationists—including historically disadvantaged, underserved, and Native nations—;and to provide new jobs and economic opportunities while enlisting our citizens in efforts to halt climate change and build resilience to its impacts while protecting and restoring our natural heritage.

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