Secretary of State Antony Blinken appointed Monica Medina to the newly-created position of Special Envoy for Biodiversity and Water Resources as “a symbol of Biden’s “commitment to resolving the world’s intertwined biodiversity and water crises.”
The statement continued: “Decades of evidence shows that water security is essential to global efforts to increase equity and economic growth, build inclusive and resilient societies, bolster health and food security, decrease the risk of conflict or instability, and tackle the climate crisis.”
Medina told The Washington Post in an interview that she wanted the U.S. and every nation to conserve 30% of their land and water for the sake of preserving the planet. Biden himself has already announced his goal of conserving a third of America’s land and waters by the year 2030.
She stressed the importance of conservation to prevent climate change. “If we can solve the biodiversity crisis, we’re a long way along the way to solving the climate crisis.”