Have you heard that President Biden has ordered 30% conservation of our lands and waters by 2030? And that, in response, Governor Newsom has pledged to conserve 30% of California by 2030? The goal is based on scientific consensus that 30% of the land must be conserved to prevent catastrophic biodiversity loss and mitigate climate change. Now the Newsom administration is reaching out to YOU help figure out how to do it in OUR REGION. Let’s put our best foot forward to ensure our region’s conservation future is informed by as many environmentalists as possible. This is a chance to share what we’ve learned about what works, what doesn’t, and what is overlooked. (Vernal pools, I’m looking at you.)
The 30×30 survey only took me 10 minutes to fill out, take a peak:
Did you know? This is where we are at now:
- Approximately 60% of land in the continental U.S. is in a natural state, but we are losing a football field worth of it every 30 seconds. The decline of nature threatens wildlife; across the globe, approximately one million animal and plant species are at risk of extinction in the coming decades, including one-third of U.S. wildlife.
- The U.S. Geological Survey reports that only 12% of lands are permanently protected. Studies show that roughly 23% of America’s ocean is currently strongly protected, with the vast majority of ocean protections found in the western Pacific Ocean.