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Interior Secretary Deb Haaland Keynote and Q&A
Friday, April 21 | 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. MT
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As the global community grapples with the intersecting challenges of climate change and the biodiversity crisis, the U.S. Department of the Interior stands at the nexus of this work within the United States. With unprecedented investments from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and Inflation Reduction Act, the Department is addressing drought across the West, building the momentum for a clean energy future, focusing on environmental justice through the remediation of legacy pollution, and restoring our public lands and waters. In honor of Earth Day and in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland will host an hour-long session to discuss how the Department is honoring Indigenous communities through co-stewardship and an emphasis on Indigenous Knowledge, employing nature-based solutions and investing in ecosystem restoration, and tackling the fundamental challenges of climate change. Following her remarks, Department leaders Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Joan Mooney (DOI representative to the Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commission created by BIL), Bureau of Land Management Director Tracy Stone-Manning and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Martha Williams will join for Q&A.
Moderator: Debra Krol, Indigenous Affairs Reporter – Climate, Culture & Commerce, The Arizona Republic
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