Steps In The Right Direction
1908 Brands was founded on a promise to make home better, not just your home or my home, but our home—the world we all share. As a company, we are strongly committed to protecting and preserving the environment, which is why the last four years of the Trump Administration weighed heavy on many of our hearts.
Now that we’ve seen a transition of power, we’re excited to finally have people in office who listen to and trust in science, who believe in the devastation of climate change and who are focused on saving, protecting and preserving our lands. Considering how productive the Biden Administration has been in just the first few weeks of being in office, for the first time in four years we’re feeling pretty optimistic—especially for our planet!
The Biden Administration has wasted no time in beginning to tackle the climate crisis, from signing executive orders to reversing policies made by the Trump Administration that contradict science…
So, what exactly has President Biden done for our planet during his first two weeks in office?
First and Foremost, President Biden, signed a sweeping executive order, declaring Climate Change a top US national security priority.
Additionally, President Biden has signed an order to rejoin the Paris Agreement, after the Trump administration pulled out of the agreement in 2017. The Paris agreement is a 196-country climate accord, with the goal to limit global warming to well below 2, preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels. To achieve this long-term temperature goal, countries aim to reach global peaking of greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible to achieve a climate neutral world by mid-century.
President Biden also:
- Signed an order revoking the permit, issued by the Trump administration, that allowed for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
- Directed Department of Interior to review the boundaries and conditions of The Grand Staircase-Escalante, Bears Ears, Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monuments and placing a temporary moratorium on all oil and natural gas leasing activities in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
- Directed all executive departments and agencies to review actions taken over the last four years and revise policies that run counter to his commitment to environmental justice, including undoing the rollbacks on clean air and clean water protection that disproportionately impact low-income communities and communities of color.
- Reestablished the Interagency Working Group on the Social Cost of Greenhouse Gasses and directed the issuance of an interim social cost of GHG schedule to ensure that all agencies account for the full cost of GHG emissions, including climate risk, environmental justice and intergenerational equity.
- Called for the creation of a Civilian Climate Corps that will put Americans to work restoring forests, improving recreation on public lands and addressing the effects of climate change.
- Directed his administration to protect 30% of federal land and coastal waters by 2030, a proposal that climate scientists and environmentalists have advocated for internationally to curb global warming and protect endangered species.
In the coming weeks, the Biden Administration is expected to announce even more of their plans to combat the climate crisis. While we are all feeling positive and hopeful, we still need to keep in mind that this is only the start, the beginning of a very long, difficult, but necessary fight to save our planet. We all need to do our part, when and where we can!
At 1908 Brands, we are members of 1% for the Planet. As part of our membership we are committed to giving back 1% of our profits to organizations that protect and preserve our lands and seas. We use post-consumer plastics for our packaging, we are a certified B Corp, and we aim to only use, plant-based formulas and real food ingredients for our home care and food-based products. As a company, we're constantly looking for ways to make changes wherever we can, to help our planet!
With that said, in this fight against climate change, try to take a look at where you can make more eco-friendly and sustainable choices, no matter how small— every little bit counts!
CEO + Founder