The ’30 by 30′ plan to save the natural world

by Sammy Roth, The Los Angeles Times


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

Protecting wildlands can help sequester carbon. For a safe and healthy future for all, endorse the Climate-Safe California Platform to implement scalable solutions that can reverse the climate crisis.

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Wetlands prevent hurricane damage. Economists now know how much

by Eric Roston, Bloomberg Green


According to a new study, wetland preservation will be increasingly important to protect Atlantic and Gulf Coast communities against hurricanes and cyclones.

  • The study evaluates how much wetlands are worth based on the cost of the damage caused by storms
  • One square kilometer of wetlands is worth almost $2 million a year in storm protection
  • Florida could have avoided $430 million in damages during Hurricane Irma if 2.8% of their wetlands were not lost 
  • Climate change is partially responsible for habitat loss in the Northeast of the US

Wetland preservation is also directly tied to carbon sequestration. When wetlands are lost, so are carbon sinks. The Climate Center advocates for funding for resilience measures in every community by 2025. 

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