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  • Rola Halawanji

Empowering Climate Action: Reflections on Earth Day 2024

We are still buzzing with excitement after returning from an incredible trip to D.C. As members of the California Climate Action Corps, we recently had the privilege of attending a momentous event highlighting the Biden-Harris Administration's dedication to combating the climate crisis and fostering a sustainable future. Nestled within the scenic confines of Prince William Forest Park in Triangle, Virginia, the occasion served as a poignant reminder of our collective responsibility to safeguard our planet for future generations.

Climate Action Corps - Earth Day

We had the privilege of meeting with some of the most influential figures in the fight against climate change, including Senator Bernie Sanders, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Senator Ed Markey, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, CEO of Americorps Michael D. Smith, and other fellows from climate corps programs across the Nation.

The highlight of our trip was witnessing President Biden's announcement of the American Climate Corps. The American Climate Corps is a visionary initiative modeled after FDR's Civilian Conservation Corps and the California Climate Action Corps. With a bold mandate to enlist over 20,000 young Americans in the fight against climate change, this program represents a vital investment in our nation's future. By providing participants with invaluable training and hands-on experience in areas such as clean energy and climate resilience, the American Climate Corps promises to cultivate a new generation of environmental stewards equipped to tackle the challenges of tomorrow. To learn more and see job postings visit

At the heart of the Earth Day festivities lay another groundbreaking announcement: the allocation of $7 billion in grants through the Environmental Protection Agency's Solar for All program. This transformative initiative seeks to democratize access to solar energy, particularly in underserved communities disproportionately burdened by environmental degradation. By empowering these communities with renewable energy solutions, we not only alleviate financial strain but also mitigate harmful carbon emissions, fostering a healthier, more equitable society. We had the privilege of meeting Michael S. Regan, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, to celebrate this momentous announcement.

Let us heed the words of President Biden, who aptly remarked, "What we are doing today has a moral imperative." With steadfast resolve and unwavering determination, we can rise to meet the challenges of our time, forging a path toward a more sustainable, equitable future for all.

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