Today, California Governor Newsom issued an executive order establishing a bold goal to protect 30 percent of the state by 2030, recognizing that doing so will help address two crises - mass extinction of species and biodiversity due to land development and the climate crisis.

Statement from Conservation Lands Foundation Executive Director, Brian Sybert:

“The biodiversity crisis can’t be separated from the climate crisis as destruction of habitat by development is exacerbated by loss of habitat from climate change. By setting the goal of protecting 30 percent of California’s land and water by 2030, Governor Newsom is taking a critical step forward, leading by example and setting the standard for protecting nature and mitigating climate impacts.

“It’s not an exaggeration to say that each of us can contribute to the climate solution and ensure survival of our lands, species and communities. Coupled with Governor Newsom’s action last month to create the California Climate Corps, he’s illustrating that achieving 30x30 goals is achievable if we’re willing to act.

“As we rebuild our economies in the wake of the wreckage of the Covid-19 pandemic, we must redesign how public lands are managed. We can prioritize protecting lands that support biodiversity, inclusivity for everyone, and economies based on outdoor recreation, for the health of the planet and people.”

Contact: Kris Deutschman, kris@conservationlands.org

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