Washington, D.C. — Today, President-elect Joe Biden held his first public event with the climate and energy leaders he announced to top positions in his administration. Biden said these members of his climate team will play a pivotal role in tackling “the existential threat of our time: climate change.”

“The ambition President-elect Biden and his climate team laid out is exactly what the science demands and our economy needs at this moment,” said Lori Lodes, executive director of Climate Power. “The American people gave Biden a mandate to act on climate and this team will be ready on Day One.”

The event featured the following climate nominees:

This historically diverse team of Cabinet leaders joins an already impressive lineup of climate champions leading on health, economic, and foreign policy in the Biden administration.

During the event, both Biden and Vice President-elect Harris detailed the catastrophic consequences of climate change we saw in 2020, from unprecedented wildfires to severe drought to a record hurricane season.

Despite this devastation, Biden and the team were confident that we can make progress towards combating the climate crisis. Biden highlighted the opportunities that will stem from building climate-resistant infrastructure and creating a clean energy future. 

Biden has long argued that bold climate action will create millions of jobs and bolster the economy, and this was a central focus throughout the event. 

The Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to environmental justice and protections to ensure clean air and water was another focus for the nominees. Vice President-elect Harris underscored the importance of environmental justice and emphasized that “everyone has the right to breathe clean air and drink clean water.”

Biden and the nominees emphasized the need for a collaborative all-government approach to addressing a threat as big and complex as climate change:

The nominees all underscored the urgency of the climate crisis, but nevertheless, they remained hopeful for the clean energy future under the Biden administration. McCarthy stated, “The opportunities to act on climate change right now fill me with incredible optimism, with hope, with energy and excitement. We not only have the responsibility to meet this moment together; we have the capacity to meet this moment together.”