President Biden marks Earth Day 2024 with a week of climate action

Apr 23, 2024

President Joe Biden celebrated Earth Day yesterday at a Virginia national park as his administration kicked off a week of climate and conservation announcements. The administration has organized a series of events each day this week to celebrate and advance the administration’s accomplishments on environmental policies.

The President kicked off Earth Day by announcing a historic $7 billion in federal grants to expand residential solar power in low-income communities via the Environmental Protection Agency’s Solar for All grant competition. President Biden also announced several new actions to stand up the American Climate Corps—a New Deal-style program that will put over 20,000 young people to work fighting the impacts of climate change—including launching an official website and application process. The new website currently lists over 2,000 job opportunities.

“It’s patterned after the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Peace Corps, and [AmeriCorps]. Like them, it brings out the best in young people to do what’s best for America and will put tens of thousands of young people to work at the forefront of our climate resilience and clean energy future,” said Biden at the Earth Day event. “You’ll get paid to fight climate change, learning how to install those solar panels, fight wildfires, rebuild wetlands, weatherize homes, and so much more that’s going to protect the environment and build a clean energy economy.”

The administration plans to announce additional climate and environmental actions throughout the week. According to the White House, today’s theme will be clean water for all communities, Wednesday will focus on accelerating America’s clean transportation future, Thursday will focus on steps to cut pollution from the power sector and strengthen the electricity grid, and Friday will include actions to promote cleaner air and healthier schools.

Quick hits

President Biden marks Earth Day 2024 with a week of climate action

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Quote of the day

We are helping people who live on this earth and we are helping them by using the sun, and so we are in a way, exercising and practicing the things that our ancestors have been doing.”

—Chelsea Chee, Deputy Director for Native Renewables, ABC News

Picture This

mountain goat in the snow
@glaciernps

What is Glacier’s coolest animal?

When the Great Northern Railway used a mountain goat on its logo a century ago, they froze the mountain goat’s association with the park.

That’s fine by us; mountain goats are pretty cool. But how do they stay so cool, you ask? They chill out on snow patches! Doing so helps them slow their breathing and conserve energy. If things keep getting hotter, researchers worry that the loss of snow patches could lead to more stress on the park’s cold-adapted goats.

Stay cool out there. 

Featured photo: President Joe Biden at an Earth Day event in Prince William Forest Park, VA. @WhiteHouse