Healthy Oceans Blog

Hearing: Solving the Climate Crisis: Natural Solutions to Cutting Pollution and Building Resilience

On October 22, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Select Committee on the Climate Crisis committee will hold a hearing on nature-based solutions to climate change.

The hearing will focus on the ways natural systems, such as forests, grasslands and wetlands, can increase carbon storage across the United States, helping in the fight against climate change.

This Committee is charged with delivering ambitious climate policy recommendations to Congress and achieving substantial and permanent reductions in pollution and other activities that contribute to the climate crisis. As part of that discussion, the following climate leaders will speak to their expertise:

Dr. Joe Fargione, Lead Scientist for The Nature Conservancy's North America Region (@nature_org). Fargione is an expert in energy production, land use and conservation. Prior to Nature Conservancy, he held faculty positions at the University of New Mexico and Purdue University.

Frankie Myers, Vice Chairman of the Yurok Tribal Council (@TheYurokTribe). In honor of its forest management efforts to mitigate climate change, the Yurok Tribe was recently awarded the United Nations Development Programme's Equator Prize, which honors “innovative nature-based solutions for tackling climate change, environment, and poverty challenges.”

Dr. Jennifer Howard, Marine Climate Change Director, Conservation International (@ConservationOrg). Howard's professional work focuses on protecting coastal and marine ecosystems, which in turn can help vulnerable coastal communities address the challenges of the climate crisis.

Alexander "Andy" Karsner (@andykarsner), Executive Chairman, Elemental Labs. Karsner is a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and a member of the Hoover Institution’s Energy Policy Task Force.

Witnesses will share testimonies about the many ways the ocean can be a solution in the fight against climate change. They're doing their part and so can you! Help amplify the message today by taking the following steps.

Watch the live stream here.

TAKE ACTION! If your member of Congress is on the list below, they are a member of the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. Click this link and send them a note in advance of tomorrow’s hearing. Please note that this action is also good to use beyond October 22. If your legislator is not on this list, skip to step 2 and promote the hearing and its focus.

  • Kathy Castor, Florida –14 (@usrepkcastor)
  • Ben Ray Luján, New Mexico—03 (@repbenraylujan)
  • Suzanne Bonamici, Oregon—01 (@repbonamici)
  • Julia Brownley, California—26 (@repbrownley)
  • Jared Huffman, California—02 (@rephuffman)
  • A. Donald McEachin, Virginia—04 (@repmceachin)
  • Mike Levin, California—49 (@repmikelevin)
  • Sean Casten, Illinois—06 (@repcasten)
  • Joe Neguse, Colorado—02 (@repjoeneguse)
  • Garret Graves, Louisiana—06 (@repgarretgraves)
  • Morgan Griffith, Virginia—09 (@repmgriffith)
  • Gary Palmer, Alabama—06 (@usrepgarypalmer)
  • Buddy Carter, Georgia—01 (@repbuddycarter)
  • Carol Miller, West Virginia—03 (@repcarolmiller)
  • Kelly Armstrong, North Dakota—At-Large (@reparmstrongnd)

STEP 2: Please promote this hearing by using the samples below to share on your social media platforms:

  • Nature-based climate solutions--like carbon sequestration in wetlands and oceans--MUST be a part of solving the #ClimateCrisis. Thanks Committee on @ClimateCrisis for showcasing how our ocean and land can help us. #OceanClimateAction
  • We need #OceanClimateAction now to help us confront the #ClimateCrisis.
  • Protecting blue carbon ecosystems--mangroves, seagrass beds, and marshes--that naturally store carbon will help us confront the #ClimateCrisis - and protect coastal communities and wildlife as well. #WinWin #OceanClimateAction