The 2020 election is just around the corner. 60 days! We already know about Kamala on climate. Where do Biden and Trump stand on sustainability?

The year 2020 AD on Planet Earth has disappointed all of us, but it also has been dynamic and progressive in so many ways. Maybe this year will be remembered as the year we all changed for the better, sustainability included.

No need to fret if it wasn’t the year you envisioned when you were popping bottles on NYE, making those resolutions for a gym that would never be open…. the end of 2020 is approaching and you can make your voice heard by VOTING.

Let’s find out how each presidential candidate approaches sustainability principles.

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The scoop The 2020 election is just around the corner. Where do Biden and Trump stand on sustainability?

Biden’s campaign website highlights that he plans to implement the key foundational elements for building a sustainable future –

  • Comprehensive climate plan
    • Investment in clean energy
    • International cooperation
  • Addresses inequality
    • Racial equity/environmental justice.
    • Equitable economic opportunities and care for essential workers.
    • Push for healthcare reform

Trump’s campaign focuses on a short-term growth mindset of maximizing existing industries and economic growth.

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Bottom line Biden’s plan for a sustainable future is pretty on point – better/more affordable housing plans, a massive Green Deal, and of course working on racial reform.

Trump’s plan is to “go, go, go!”.

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The scoop on sustainability

Neither Trump nor Biden can be considered champions of environmental policy. In fact, very few presidents of the past were. But most Americans care about climate issues, so it’s important to understand where each candidate stands on sustainability as a whole.

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With COVID-19 shaking the world, this is a good time for self-reflection. We have seen global social unrest sparking demands for guaranteed human rights and real equality.

So, with a myriad of problems surfacing during the pandemic…. let’s add sustainability to the list. Where does sustainability fit into the Biden and Trump campaign? Here’s a quick rundown.

Biden’s approach to sustainability

Biden’s website highlights that he plans to implement the key foundational elements for building a sustainable future –

  1. Racial equity, which is essential.
  2. Biden’s climate plan confronts the reality of environmental concerns. He has essential goals in mind that contain sustainable pillars. His plan includes net-zero emissions, new industries and jobs, and societal progression with social and climate justice at the forefront. Here are some quotes from his website:
    • Ensure the U.S. achieves a 100% clean energy economy and reaches net-zero emissions no later than 2050.
    • Rally the rest of the world to meet the threat of climate change.
    • Stand up to the abuse of power by polluters who disproportionately harm communities of color and low-income communities.
  3. Equitable economic opportunities and care for essential workers.
  4. A push for healthcare reform; more affordable, available, and with a focus on broadening mental health services.

Trump‘s approach to sustainability

The Trump campaign focuses on a short-term growth mindset of maximizing existing industries and economic growth.

  1. The Trump Administration has brought a myriad of changes to U.S. environmental policy including but not only – the decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, slashing federal funding for environmental initiatives, and weakening environmental protection acts to prop up corporations.
  2. Trump’s platform is very America-centric as he touts his anti-immigration efforts and trade-deals to be helping the middle-class demographic keep afloat/prosperous.
  3. Aims to keep corporate and individual taxes low to support economic growth and stability.

This is just a sliver of where Biden and Trump stand on sustainability, but you get the gist. Biden’s plan for a sustainable future is pretty on point – better/more affordable housing plans, a massive Green Deal, and of course working on racial reform.

Trump’s plan is to “go, go, go!”.

He has a growth mindset which will help our pockets in the short-term, but in the long term… well I will let you decide for yourself.

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