THIRTY BY THIRTY
save nature. act on climate.
Protecting nature is a critical piece of the climate solution. 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.
Locally, Colorado’s Senator Bennet and Representative Neguse have introduced the Thirty by Thirty Resolution to Save Nature in Congress, calling on the U.S. to contribute our part to the Global Deal for Nature by setting a national goal of conserving 30% of our lands and waters by 2030.
Why does Wilderness Workshop support Thirty by Thirty?
Climate science is showing more and more that large, intact and connected landscapes – frequently found on public lands – are critical for our planet to successfully adapt to a changing climate. Wilderness areas and other protected lands and waters provide essential core habitat and migration corridors that enable wildlife species and entire ecosystems to survive and thrive.
For example, protecting the Thompson Divide and other local public lands 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. Protecting and connecting intact public lands like the Thompson Divide is key to supporting a larger global climate strategy.
Time is running out
Nature is being destroyed in the U.S. 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 U.S. and world’s health and prosperity – affecting our clean air and water, and limiting our defenses against severe weather, floods, and wildfires. National and global efforts to conserve large amounts of land and water are necessary to fight climate change.
Because public lands comprise about a third of the land and water base in the U.S. and Colorado, they are integral to our efforts to fight climate change. 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.
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