STATEMENT: CAP’s John Podesta Praises California Gov. Newsom’s Vision for Conserving 30 Percent of State’s Lands and Ocean by 2030

Washington, D.C. — Center for American Progress Founder John Podesta today issued the following statement praising California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s (D) executive order on biodiversity, which establishes a goal of conserving at least 30 percent of the state’s lands and ocean by 2030:

This is environmental leadership at its best. Gov. Newsom has laid out a hopeful and ambitious vision that, in the face of a changing climate and a worsening extinction crisis, will safeguard California’s natural wonders for the benefit of every person in the state.

Gov. Newsom’s 30×30 goal is a call to action to confront racial and economic disparities in nature conservation, including by protecting more green spaces and improving coastal access near underserved communities. It is also a call to conserve more places for hunting and fishing, to support the stewardship priorities of tribal nations, and to protect the health and rich animal and plant diversity of California’s lands and sea. With scientists calling for all nations to pursue a 30×30 goal, California is once again leading by example toward a healthy, prosperous, and more equitable planet.

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