This September, the Biden Administration announced the American Climate Corps which will create a new generation of young conservation leaders who will improve communities across the country and strengthen our nation’s climate resiliency.
The American Climate Corps (ACC) will be a vital component of America’s climate agenda, aligning with efforts to reinvigorate the economy by creating thousands of new green jobs and accelerating our country’s transition to a sustainable, clean energy future.
The White House and AmeriCorps have acknowledged that the American Climate Corps announcement would not have been possible if not for the success of the existing network of Service and Conservation Corps and that the ACC will not achieve its goals without the existing network. The Corps Network would like to thank our nearly 150 member Corps for their outstanding services. We would not have reached this point in the Corps movement if it weren’t for Conservation Corps and the thousands of outstanding Corpsmembers in service. To ensure a successful, national ACC initiative, we must invest in young Americans interested in pursuing green career opportunities Corps provide and expand workforce development practices evident in our member Corps.
Here’s what our partners and Corps champions are saying about the American Climate Corps:
– New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich, 9/20/23:
“As the first AmeriCorps alum in the Senate, I have been calling to create a Climate Corps for years. There is a lot of work to do to solve climate change and build our clean energy future—young Americans are eager to be the heroes in this story. We need to invest in providing them the training and opportunities they need to pursue emerging career fields at the center of building climate solutions. Climate change is one of the greatest challenges we will ever face. But solving it will also be one of the greatest career and wealth creation opportunities in our lifetimes. Through the American Climate Corps—much like the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s—a whole new generation of Americans can step up to restore our lands and waters, install and maintain clean energy infrastructure, and build healthier and more resilient communities.”
– Colorado Congressman Joe Neguse, 9/20/23:
“Since first being elected to Congress, I have proudly championed legislation creating a new 21st century Civilian Climate Corps. One that will work for our generation, while taking inspiration from the program responsible for creating wonders across my home state of Colorado—from the Red Rocks Amphitheater to the countless roads, trails, and campgrounds in Rocky Mountain National Park.”
– Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey, 9/20/23:
“It’s 10pm and I’m still thinking about the magic that I felt in front of the capitol today. From @AOC to the young people organizing with @sunrisemvmt to the countless advocates who fought so hard for a Climate Corps. Today, victory was ours. And tomorrow, we will keep fighting.“
– Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, 9/20/23:
“BIG NEWS: Thanks to the hard work of youth activists across the country, President Biden just announced he’s creating an American Climate Corps. I’ve pushed hard for this. A new climate corps will help create pathways to good-paying green jobs!”
– Chairwoman, Senate Appropriations Committee, Washington Senator Patty Murray, 9/20/23:
“This is great news that’ll turbocharge our investments in clean energy and help us fight the climate crisis—all while creating good-paying jobs in the process!”
– White House National Climate Advisor Ali Zaidi, 9/20/23:
“We’re opening up pathways to good-paying careers, lifetimes of being involved in the work of making our communities more fair, more sustainable, more resilient.“
– United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, 9/20/23:
“@USDA is proud to be a part of this effort through the Forest Corps. A partnership between @ForestService and @AmeriCorps, the Forest Corps is the first major interagency partnership under @POTUS‘ Climate Corps and will support efforts to address the wildfire crisis.”
– Michael Smith, CEO, AmeriCorps, 9/20/23:
“The American Climate Corps represents a new era of youth-powered climate action. With more than 20,000 members, they will help reforest our lands, mitigate the risks of floods and wildfires, support energy efficiency projects, and address extreme heat.”
– Jackie Ostfeld, Founder and Co-Chair / Campaign Director, Outdoors Alliance for Kids / Sierra Club Outdoors for All, 9/20/23:
“The establishment of an American Climate Corps will bring us closer to meeting our national climate and conservation goals, while ensuring the next generation of leaders are at the forefront of solving our climate crisis. This move by the Biden-Harris Administration will dramatically expand the meaningful work youth conservation corps have been doing for years. Whether they’re planting trees to reduce the urban heat island effect, building living shorelines to mitigate the impact of hurricanes, fighting wildfires or building trails, corps provide young leaders with green jobs and meaningful opportunities to transform the health of our planet, people and economy. As we look to implement the most important environmental laws in history – the Inflation Reduction Act and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law – a reinvigorated, well-coordinated ACC is just what we need to get the job done.”
– Heather Clish, Vice President for Conservation & Recreation Advocacy, Appalachian Mountain Club, 9/20/23:
“The Appalachian Mountain Club, the nation’s oldest conservation and recreation organization, supports the Biden Administration’s executive action today. The impacts of climate change are being felt in communities across the country today, so the time is now to mobilize an American Climate Corps to conserve and restore public lands and waters, bolster community resilience, increase reforestation, increase carbon sequestration in the agricultural sector, protect biodiversity, improve access to recreation, and address the changing climate. As a 21st century accredited Conservation Corps through The Corps Network, AMC has first-hand experience in responding to the expanding need and workforce opportunity in sustaining natural resources, public lands, and local communities in the midst of our climate crisis.”
The Corps Network is grateful to represent and support the nearly 150 Service and Conservation Corps operating today that will pave the way in ensuring that the American Climate Corps will create a more climate resilient and equitable America.