“Our country is home to some of the most beautiful God-given landscapes in the world.  We’re blessed with natural treasures – from the Grand Tetons to the Grand Canyon; from lush forests and vast deserts to lakes and rivers teeming with wildlife. And it’s our responsibility to protect these treasures for future generations, just as previous generations protected them for us."

– President Obama




President Barack Obama looks at the Grand Canyon in Arizona on Aug. 16, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

About The Council

The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) coordinates Federal environmental efforts and works closely with agencies and other White House offices in the development of environmental policies and initiatives. CEQ was established within the Executive Office of the President by Congress as part of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and additional responsibilities were provided by the Environmental Quality Improvement Act of 1970.

Climate Action Plan

On June 25, 2013, President Obama laid out his comprehensive plan for steady action to reduce carbon pollution in America, prepare our country for the impacts of climate change, and lead global efforts to fight it. Learn more about the President's Plan:

  • Text of the President's Speech
  • Weekly Address
  • Interactive Infographic
  • Fact Sheet
  • The Climate Action Plan
  • What Business Leaders are Saying
  • Disproving the Myths
  • How Climate Change Impacts Your State