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Source: World Wildlife Fund

In response to completion of negotiations at the UNFCCC COP25, Elan Strait, World Wildlife Fun (WWF)’s director for US climate campaigns, issued the following statement:

“The conclusion of COP25 is deeply disappointing. The course coming into these negotiations was clear, we needed leadership, but it did not come from the federal government, instead it came from the 70 leaders from state, local, and tribal government, businesses, and other institutions who traveled to Madrid to show what real commitment to climate action looks like.

“The We Are Still In presence at the US Climate Action Center was a four-day showcase of American innovation and the opportunity available to us if we tackle the climate crisis together. Meanwhile, Speaker Pelosi reiterated congressional commitment and Senator Shaheen released a bipartisan senate letter calling for greater ambition as well.

But the real work must start now. The role of the US Administration played in the negotiations at COP25 is at odds and out of touch with a clear majority of Americans, scientific facts and the needs of a world facing a climate crisis. At a time when the federal government is turning its back on the global effort to address climate change, we need all parts of the US government and American society to move in unison toward ambitious climate action if we are going to deliver a stable future for life on Earth.