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The Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund endorses Joe Biden to be the next president of the United States.

The reason is simple: Donald Trump has been the worst president in modern history — an absolute disaster, especially when it comes to protecting people, wild places, wildlife and the planet.

Four more years would be catastrophic for our planet and for our democracy. We can’t let that happen.

Think about what has happened since Trump took over the White House:

  • Protections for more than 2 million acres of national monuments have been slashed, and he’s given away more public lands to the fossil fuel industry than any other president.
  • Crucial, lifesaving provisions of the Endangered Species Act have been ripped apart and soon nearly every wolf in the lower 48 states will lose federal protection.
  • Fossil fuel lobbyists have been put in charge of the Department of the Interior and Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Hundreds of critical environmental safeguards have been gutted, including those protecting air, water, public health, people, lands and wildlife.
  • Toxic pesticides have been rubber-stamped, even when it’s been shown they’re poisonous to children.
  • Efforts to fight climate change have been completely abandoned, and climate scientists are sidelined or vilified.
  • Hundreds of miles of border wall have gone up, blocking wildlife corridors, ripping up mountains and destroying sacred places.
  • Trump has put children in cages, defended racists, marginalized native people, boosted white supremacy, endorsed police brutality, mocked the suffering of our families and neighbors and failed the country in his response to the worst pandemic in a century.

All of it has been fueled by Trump’s most defining and shameful traits: cruelty, selfishness, greed, racism, misogyny, hatred and ignorance.

It has to end.

There is only one choice in November: We must elect Joe Biden president, and we must do so in a landslide.

To be sure, we have our policy differences with Joe Biden, and we will rigorously debate those differences after he is elected. We will push Joe Biden every day to do everything in his power to stop the extinction crisis, avert disastrous climate change and restore our environment. We will challenge him in the arena of ideas to ensure that justice for people and the environment are always put before special interests and powerful corporations.

But let me be totally clear. There is simply no comparison between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. Trump embodies the worst of humanity. Biden may have his flaws, but he is decent and humane.

This is the most consequential election in our lifetime. For our future, for our democracy and for the future of our amazing planet, I urge you to do everything you can to end the presidency of Donald Trump and elect Joe Biden president.

Kierán Suckling
President of the Board
Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund

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