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Last Wednesday, President Biden issued an Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad, which outlines key actions his administration will take to address climate change. Section 101 of the order states, “It is the policy of my Administration that climate considerations shall be an essential element of United States foreign policy and national security.” The order is comprehensive and outlines actions that reflect myriad AMWA policy priorities in security and sustainability.

The order states, among its many priorities, that the United States will begin developing a plan to identify its obligations under the Paris Agreement, a process that will include “appropriate outreach to domestic stakeholders.” The order also instructs the secretary of defense and the administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, on behalf of the secretary of commerce, to lead an interagency “Climate Risk Analysis,” examining potential consequences of climate change for U.S. security. Participants explicitly identified as part of the working group include the EPA administrator and the director of national intelligence.

AMWA’s complete summary of the executive order was published in the January issue of the Sustainability and Security Report.