Letter to Biden-Harris Adminitration

We applaud the Biden-Harris administration’s executive actions on climate change. You bring experience, commitment, and expertise to the highest levels of the federal government.

We write in support of Article 12 of the Paris Agreement: Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE), which seeks to inform, engage, and empower the public to join in finding and implementing solutions to the climate crisis. ACE leverages existing education, communication, workforce development, civic infrastructure to mobilize all of society for just, community-driven climate action. Developing an ACE national strategy helps create quality jobs, address injustices, accelerate mitigation and adaptation, and build a culture of leadership and sustained commitment.

We are the coordinating team for a transformational ACE initiative by civil society. An ACE National Strategic Planning Framework for the United States(aceframework.us) was co-created by climate and climate justice leaders from 120 different organizationsand networks, supported by 400 signatories. The framework expresses a shared vision and specific recommendations for a national strategy.

We respectfully ask the Biden-Harris administration to build upon the Strategic Framework and accomplish the following in the first 100 days:
• Establish a joint federal and civil society effort, based on the ACE Strategic Framework, to implement Article 12 of the Paris Agreement by developing an ACE National Strategy for completion by COP26.
• Strengthen the U.S. commitment to climate action by identifying the ACE National Strategy in the updated Nationally Determined Contribution.
• Use the ACE national strategy to guide all climate action in ways that are just, equitable, and participatory.

We would like to hear your thoughts and find a time to meet with your climate team. The ACE community in the United States has advanced these goals significantly through a robust participatory process and specific recommendations. We are prepared to continue and fulfill this crucial work with you. We can build back better and usher in a new era of American leadership together.

All the best,
ACE Strategic Framework Coordinating Team