In response to completion of negotiations at the UNFCCC COP25, Elan Strait, World Wildlife Fund (WWF)'s director for US climate campaigns, issued the following statement:
"The conclusion of COP25 is deeply disappointing. The course coming into these negotiations was clear: we needed American climate leadership to join the world in addressing the climate crisis, but it did not come from the federal government. Instead, it came from the 70 US leaders from state, local, and tribal government, businesses, and other institutions who travelled to Madrid to show what actual commitment to climate action looks like.
"The We Are Still In presence at the US Climate Action Center was a four-day showcase of American innovation and the opportunities available to us if we tackle the climate crisis together. They were echoed by Speaker Pelosi's reiterated congressional commitment to addressing the climate challenge and Senator Shaheen, who released a bipartisan senate letter calling for greater climate ambition as well.
"But the real work must start now. The role of the US Administration played in the negotiations at COP25 is at odds and out of touch with a clear majority of Americans, scientific facts and the needs of a world facing a climate crisis. At a time when the federal government is turning its back on the global effort to address climate change, we need all parts of the US government and American society to move in unison toward ambitious climate action if we are going to deliver a stable future for life on Earth."