Environmental News: Media Center

Press contact: Bob Deans, NRDC, 646-269-6019 bdeans@nrdc.org, or Eric Young, 703-217-6814 eyoung@nrdc.org
If you are not a member of the press, please write to us at nrdcinfo@nrdc.org or see our contact page
NRDC President Responds to Deal Reached in Copenhagen

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (December 18, 2009) -- In response to the deal reached in Copenhagen by the United States and leaders from a number of other countries, Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, issued the following statement:

“The world has said enough is enough. We have taken a vital first step toward curbing climate change for the sake of our planet, our country and our children.

“For the first time in history, the United States is joining with other major emitters to take real action against global warming. Real cuts in carbon pollution. Real American jobs at home. Real measures to make clear which countries make good on their vows. And real help for the world's most vulnerable people exposed to droughts, floods, famine and storms made worse by climate change.

“This agreement is not all we had hoped for. There's still more work to be done. But it strikes a credible blow against the single greatest environmental ill of our time. It gathers all nations around the common goal of ending this scourge that imperils us all. And it sets the stage for further action in the months ahead.

“Now the Senate can take up clean energy and climate legislation in the certain knowledge that Americans won't act alone. A hopeful nation watches and waits for the Senate to pass a bill that will put Americans back to work, reduce our reliance on foreign oil and ensure a safer future for us all.”

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 2 million members and online activists. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world's natural resources, public health, and the environment. NRDC has offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Bozeman, MT, and Beijing. Visit us at www.nrdc.org and follow us on Twitter @NRDC.

Get Updates and Alerts

See the latest issue >

NRDC Gets Top Ratings from the Charity Watchdogs

Charity Navigator awards NRDC its 4-star top rating.
Worth magazine named NRDC one of America's 100 best charities.
NRDC meets the highest standards of the Wise Giving Alliance of the Better Business Bureau.

Donate now >

Share | |