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6 Ways To Create Jobs and Solve Climate Change Through Nature-Based Infrastructure

6 Ways To Create Jobs and Solve Climate Change Through Nature-Based Infrastructure

President Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan outlines a strategy for economic recovery that pairs good jobs with a commitment to bold climate action. The proposal ensures that every dollar spent on rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure will “prevent, reduce, and withstand the impacts of the climate crisis”—that each investment made contributes to a low-carbon future. But while this plan is bold for many sectors of the economy, it understates the value of investments in nature and agriculture as critical pieces of infrastructure, job creators, and climate solutions.

These nature-based solutions offer cost-effective, creative, and durable responses to climate change, while also providing opportunities for rural communities and landowners to benefit from climate investments. The American Jobs Plan proposes the creation of a Civilian Climate Corps, investments in cleaning up abandoned mines and orphaned wells, and restoration in key regions of the country—all of which are commendable. Yet the country cannot meet its commitment to cutting greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50 percent by 2030 without tapping the potential gains that come from protecting and stewarding U.S. natural and working lands.

Furthermore, the latest jobs report showed that while the new administration has seen more than half a million Americans, on average, get back to work each month, labor force participation is recovering even faster.

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