SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Joining a movement embraced by countries and cities around the world, California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order on Wednesday for his state to protect “30 by 30,” conserving 30 percent of its land and coastal waters by 2030. Newsom said the action should help make California more resilient to the impacts of climate change and wildfires, and help detoxify the state’s air and water.
In response, Steve Blackledge, Environment California’s conservation director, released the following statement:
“Whether you’re on the coast of Northern California or in the inland desert of Palm Springs, Californians take pride in our unique landscapes and the beauty of our land and waters. That’s why we are glad to see the governor recognize conservation of our natural spaces as a core solution to the mounting threat of climate change.
“Protecting key habitats will help store carbon and ensure that the species that live alongside us can adapt to a warming world. By conserving California’s ecosystems, future generations will be able to appreciate the towering redwoods, the expansive deserts and the iconic animals that call our forests, deserts, grasslands and coastal waters home.
“We look forward to working with the governor’s Biodiversity Collaborative to ensure that these new protections set the standard for conservation and inspire action at the federal level.”