In the journal Science Advances, a team of scientists introduced the 30 by 30 plan to protect 30% of the Earth’s land and 30% of waters by 2030. This plan also serves as a pathway to protect 50% of waters and lands by 2050.
- The plan could help save many species and ecosystems from “points of no return”
- A global treaty from the United Nations titled The Convention on Biological Diversity is expected to adopt the 30 by 30 framework next year
- This would include every United Nations member country except the United States
- California has introduced legislation to bring a 30 by 30 plan to the state. Currently, 22% of the land is protected and 16% of waters are protected
- U.S. Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico has been promoting legislation that would set a national 30 by 30 target. Currently, about 12% of lands are protected and 26% of waters are marine protected areas across the country.
- These protections can prevent habitat destruction and biodiversity loss, preventing the likelihood of more zoonotic disease transfers
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Read more: https://www.latimes.com/environment/newsletter/2020-05-21/boiling-point-save-natural-world-protect-30-percent-earth-boiling-point
Nina TurnerEnergy Programs and Communications Coordinator
Janina is a graduate of the Energy Management and Design program at Sonoma State University with experience in non-profits that specialize in sustainability and volunteerism.