WWF Statement on the US Presidential Election | WWF

WWF Statement on the US Presidential Election

Posted on 09 November 2016
President and CEO Carter Roberts
In response to yesterday's US elections, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) released the following statement from President and CEO Carter Roberts:

“The presidency may be changing, but the threats posed by runaway climate change and unsustainable resource-use remain.

“We urge the President-elect to accelerate the transition to renewable energy and to honor the commitments we’ve made to solve the climate crisis and to conserve the world’s oceans, forests and species. Large-scale investments in conservation and renewable energy and breakthroughs in sustainability will spur innovation, create thousands of good paying jobs, and reduce the emissions fueling climate change.

“President-elect Trump pledged to make America safer. At a time when seas are rising and climate-driven superstorms pummel our cities with increasing regularity, ambitious climate action is necessary to deliver on that promise.

“We know that global security and the world’s livelihoods depend on keeping intact those natural resources, including our climate, upon which we depend. For our part, we will continue to engage all the countries in the world, as well as America’s families, cities, states, businesses, and federal government to build bridges, and to fight, for the meaningful change we need, and for the planet that is our home.”

With the world’s attention focused on the United Nations climate talks underway in Marrakesh, Morocco, Roberts added:

“Prosperity and security for America ultimately rest on a foundation of global cooperation and trust. With America playing a leading role, 200 nations came together last fall and agreed to tackle the biggest issues facing future generations. It’s time to move forward. As a country we have a long distinguished history of honoring our commitments and delivering on promises we’ve made. Tackling this issue will strengthen America’s standing in the world, deal with an existential threat to our way of life, and seize a unique opportunity to create a renewable energy economy fundamental to our future.”
President and CEO Carter Roberts
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