On August 16, 2021, AB 585 stalled in the Senate Appropriations Committee.
The health of California’s natural and working lands are directly linked to the health of our climate and communities. Stewarding and conserving California’s vital ecosystems is crucial for building resilience to increasingly severe climate impacts.
California’s natural and working lands can play a critical role in capturing and storing the carbon emissions driving the climate crisis. The decisions we make today will determine if our wetlands, rangelands, farms, forests, and urban green spaces become an asset or a liability in the fight against climate disasters. Without action, fires and ecosystem deterioration mean the state’s natural and working lands risk becoming a source of climate pollution rather than a safeguard.
Natural and working lands are the state’s only resource that can safely and immediately remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere today. Investments in these lands now will provide climate benefits long into the future. AB 284 would have established a pathway forward to accomplish ambitious climate goals by implementing practices that reduce carbon while supporting natural and working lands.
The Climate Center remains committed to championing legislation that invest in nature-based climate strategies to protect groundwater, clean our air, support biodiversity, help with flood protection, and increase resilience to drought, extreme heat, and fires.