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).
In President Biden’s January 2021 Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad” he pledges support for the 30×30 initiative. Colorado Senators Bennet and Hickenlooper, as well as Representative Neguse, DeGette, and Crow, are on the record in support as well.
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.