Deputy Speaker and Antique lone District Rep. Loren Legarda has described as a “victory for women and climate” the win of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in the United States 2020 presidential polls.
Legarda, a United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) Global Champion for Resilience, expressed hope that the US under the Biden presidency will step up its efforts to avert global climate crisis.
“President-elect Joe Biden’s promise to rejoin the Paris Agreement and to invest in low-carbon technologies is pivotal in our collective goal of keeping the increase in global average temperature to below 1.5 degrees Celsius. This is a climate goal that vulnerable developing countries such as the Philippines have long fought for in the name of climate justice,” Legarda said in a statement.
The former senator also welcomed Biden’s earlier pronouncement of making US carbon neutral by 2050 and to invest US$2 trillion over the next four years to accelerate clean energy in critical sectors.
“This is a step up from his earlier pledge of $1.7 trillion over 10 years, with a goal of achieving net-zero emissions before 2050,” the House leader said.
She noted that the US has historical accountability of contributing the most to greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations in the atmosphere, which has caused global warming and the climate crisis.
“Economic recovery that is resilient, climate-proof, and sustainable is going mainstream. It is high time that we forge an even stronger partnership on climate action that will not only benefit our countries, but the entire world population as well,” Legarda said.
“I am very hopeful that the Biden presidency will soon start making a difference in our mission to avert this global climate crisis. We must, however, continue to be vigilant and exact accountability from all heads of State on their promises.”
Legarda also expressed deep delight over the historic win of Harris as the first woman to serve as Vice President in the US.
“She has broken a global glass ceiling for all women, which will certainly have a tremendous ripple effect in inspiring women and young girls alike, most of whom are marginalized and oppressed, to speak up, lead, and take action. It’s a great day for America and the world,” Legarda said.
“The environment and climate cause and the women sector have much more allies now than at any time in history. Working for 30 years in these advocacies has been extremely challenging, but recent events give me so much more hope and determination to persevere and aspire for better conditions for my fellow women, vulnerable populations, and the future of our planet.”