This Earth Day, every newspaper was reporting on President Biden’s bold statement that the U.S. would achieve 50% reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. While it’s a relief to finally see climate change being brought to the forefront in public policy, young environmentalists across the Global North need to be reflecting on two very important questions in response to this announcement.
Erin Spencer is a junior majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in International Studies and Spanish at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. She is interested in global environmental policy, environmental governance, and climate justice. She hopes to one day work at an environmental policy think tank or environmental NGO to combat economic imbalances, uneven power dynamics, and social inequities alongside climate change.