The New York Times ran a full-page ad featuring a climate sign-on letter by world leaders and celebrities addressed to newly elected United States President, Joseph Biden. The letter implores President Biden to become “The Climate President.” and take action against climate change while leading the world in climate adaptation, innovation and job creation.
Among the more than 150 signatories to the letter was Amazon Founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos, Brazil Central Bank President, Arminio Fraga, Executive Chairman Ford Motor Company, Bill Ford of Ford, Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the United Nations and Chair of Alliance of Small Island Developing States (AOSIS), Walton Webson. Other notable signatories included Natalie Portman, Leonardo Dicaprio and Jane Fonda.
Chief Environment Officer at the Department of Environment (DOE), Ambassdor Diann Black-Layne provided remarks on this bold gesture by these world leaders saying:
“The Government of Antigua and Barbuda as the new Chair of AOSIS welcomes the rejoining of the US to the Paris Agreement. The Department Of Environment (DOE) is tracking this development and is aware that the US will be making more pronouncements on climate change over the coming days. Climate change is an urgent issue and failure to act will be devastating for countries like Antigua and Barbuda. The DOE therefore welcomes the advocacy of everyone. It is important that all large polluters such as the US should cut their emissions radically and urgently. These actions will assure small island states like ours suffer fewer impacts. We welcome this effort by world leaders, celebrities, scientists and other private sector individuals to push the Government of the United States of America to take urgent action.”
Linked below is also a news story about the advertisement and the exact contents of the letter: