Washington, DC – Today the U.S. joined Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden in a robust collaboration to protect the fragile Arctic region and implement the Paris Agreement; reinforcing commitments to curb methane emissions, cut aviation pollution, and deploy clean energy projects, among other measures. The U.S., Canada, and the five Nordic states account for about half of the Arctic waters where a state has primary rights to explore and use marine resources.
Doug Phelps, president of the Environment America Board of Directors and The Public Interest Network, will join other conservation leaders at a state dinner tonight to celebrate the leaders’ collaboration. He issued this statement:
“With today's announcement, President Obama shows his continued leadership on the greatest environmental challenge facing our planet. As a chief contributor to the problem, the U.S. can play a big role in the solution by dramatically curbing our own pollution. But we can’t stop there by any means. Through formal collaboration with the Nordic region, the president demonstrates he understands that it will take world leaders working together to avert dangerous global warming and ensure a safer planet for our kids and grandkids.”
Environment America is the federation of statewide, citizen-funded advocacy organizations working for a cleaner, greener future.
The Public Interest Network is a family of organizations including Environment America, U.S. PIRG, and other groups working for a vibrant democracy and a healthier environment.