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30×30 Action Hub

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Protecting nature is a critical piece of the climate solution, but it’s being destroyed in the US at an alarming rate. Between 2001 and 2011, natural areas in the West, including forests, wetlands, deserts, and grasslands, disappeared at the rate of one football field every 2.5 minutes. Loss of nature is a threat to the US and world’s health and prosperity – affecting our clean air and water, and limiting our defenses against severe weather, floods, and wildfires.

Recent science finds that 30% of the planet must be protected by 2030 in order to safeguard biodiversity against the threat of climate change. Initially set forth in an ambitious plan known as the Global Deal for Nature, this science is gaining traction with governments around the world committing to this necessary and inspiring goal – commonly referred to as Thirty by Thirty (30×30).

Here in Western Colorado, we can support 30×30 by pursuing land protections and conservation efforts that are equitable and inclusive. Historically, the conservation community has too often excluded people of color and Indigenous communities from the conversation. The 30×30 effort offers an important opportunity to ensure that moving forward, our work to protect landscapes and preserve nature involves partnerships with diverse communities and tribes.

We’re developing new campaigns to ensure Western Colorado is doing its part to make 30×30 a reality. Does this sound like something you would be interested in? Reach out and let us know!

Why does Wilderness Workshop support 30×30?

Climate science shows that large, intact and connected landscapes – frequently found on public lands – are critical for our planet to successfully adapt to a changing climate. Comprising about a third of the land and water base in the US and Colorado, these federally protected public lands safeguard species resiliency in a warming climate, mitigate harmful greenhouse gas emissions, and support healthy ecosystems that provide clean air and water. Preserving public lands must be a core strategy in achieving the ambitious, but necessary goal of saving nature to fight climate change locally, nationally, and worldwide.

For example, protecting the Thompson Divide and other local public lands – as proposed in the CORE Act – is an important piece of the climate solution. The roadless forests of the Thompson Divide are essential habitat for an abundance of wildlife species including lynx, moose, bear, deer, elk, and mountain lion. This is one of the largest remaining blocks of undeveloped mid-elevation forest land in Colorado, offering refuge to wildlife species in the face of a changing climate.

Read more 30×30:

Colorado Pathways to 30×30, which Wilderness Workshop Staff Contributed to.

Protecting Public Lands a Priority for Western Slope’s Latino Community” by Defiende Nuestra Tierra Director Beatriz Soto.

Earth Day: A Time for Environmental Justice” by Defiende Nuestra Tierra Director Beatriz Soto.

There’s a Global Plan to Conserve Nature. Indigenous People Could Lead the Way” highlights international 30×30 efforts.

The Road to 30” Report from the Center for Western Priorities.

Why American Must Protect 30×30” Video with Senator Tom Udall and Dr. Enric Sal.

A Conversation with E.O. Wilson” who conceived the ‘Half Earth” Concept, which 30×30 is a stepping stone towards.

30×30, Explained in 30 Seconds:

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