WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Wildlife Federation President and CEO Collin O’Mara appeared in front of the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Energy and Natural Resources to address the potential of harnessing nature and human innovation to mitigate and solve the growing climate crisis. The hearing was held to examine infrastructure needs of the U.S. energy sector and public lands and waters.
In his testimony, Collin O’Mara said:
“Our human well-being relies upon both tackling the climate crisis and the biodiversity crisis. The two are intertwined in both the causes and solutions. This is not an intellectual problem in the abstract. It is an urgent problem. We are inextricably tied to nature. What befalls nature befalls us. That’s why your work both in this Committee and across Congress is so crucial now. By saving nature, we save ourselves.”
“As our nation recovers from a deadly pandemic and as the twin climate and biodiversity crises reaching tipping points, there is not a moment to waste. Passing a bold, ambitious infrastructure bill would not only help secure our economic future and equitably create well-paying jobs, but would avert disasters that would otherwise have devastating consequences for generations.”
Read Collin O’Mara’s full testimony and watch the full hearing.
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