CLCV STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR’S CLIMATE CHANGE EXECUTIVE ORDER

Press Release
October 7, 2020

CLCV STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR’S CLIMATE CHANGE EXECUTIVE ORDER

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CLCV STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR’S CLIMATE CHANGE EXECUTIVE ORDER

Sacramento, CA - Today, the California League of Conservation Voters released the following statement regarding the Governor’s latest Executive Order addressing the climate crisis. This executive action is aimed at using natural solutions to combat climate change including setting a goal for the state to protect 30 percent of California’s land, waters, and oceans by 2030.

Statement from Mary Creasman, CEO, California League of Conservation Voters:

“The Governor’s continued action on climate change so soon after last month’s Executive Order is very encouraging. We have to lean into the powerful solutions that nature provides if we are going to combat the climate crisis. The Governor’s action today is a significant down payment towards a better future for Californians.

This summer, Californians have grappled with the extreme effects of climate change - from wildfires burning a record 4 million acres this year, to smoke filled air that turned our skies orange. Protecting at least 30 percent of California’s land, waters, and oceans by 2030 will yield multiple benefits - from sustaining our water quality and supply, mitigating extreme heat, cleaning our air, and providing access to the outdoors and opportunities for all Californians to connect with nature.

Implementation of these actions will be key. California’s Tribes must be included in the planning and implementation process and investments must be made in places where Black, Indigenous and communities of color live so that there is greater and more equitable access to nature in our state.

The Governor is making up for California’s lack of bold action in the last couple of years, and he is stepping up where the Legislature has failed. He has drawn a line in the sand around climate action and resilience - and that’s exactly what’s needed right now. No action can be too soon or too much.

We are eager to see what’s next from Governor Newsom and his administration. We can’t stop here - we must continue to pursue solutions in every sector that match the scale of the climate crisis.”

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