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CalWild, Climate and Conservation

CalWild, Climate and Conservation

Climate change is an existential crisis that challenges humanity as a whole. While we rush to transition to less-polluting energy sources and to prepare for the inevitable impacts of the changes that are already taking place, one piece of the puzzle that is often overlooked is the simple conservation of the places in the world whose uptake of atmospheric carbon is vast and efficient: forests, wetlands, deserts, native grasslands. CalWild’s work in California is central to our state’s efforts to address the climate crisis.

 

Climate change is also a driver of the other existential environmental challenge we face today: the sharp plummet in biodiversity throughout the world. The diversity and abundance of species is falling sharply—a reflection of ecosystems in crisis. As humanity is itself a part of nature and relies on the natural systems of the world for air, water and food, this is a very serious matter indeed. Scientists have recommended that fully 30% of the world’s functioning ecosystem lands be protected by 2030—the “30×30” initiative, which has become an official goal and policy of the State of California thanks to the leadership of Governor Newsom.

 

Our work at CalWild is contextualized by these crises. There are many excellent reasons to conserve wild places, but creating extensive and interconnected habitat reserves where natural systems can adapt to changing climate and continue to function is a critically important one.

 

It is of particular importance that California achieve its 30×30 goal. Home to the fifth-largest economy in the world and a population equivalent to a medium-sized nation, California is often viewed as an international leader in grappling with issues like climate while maintaining a strong economy. If we can show that 30×30 is attainable here, it will set an example with international repercussions.

 

Your support for CalWild enables us to keep the work going for California’s 30×30 effort and, therefore, for meeting the dual challenges of climate change and falling biodiversity. We’re in the middle of a membership drive right now; if you’re not a member, please consider becoming one. Thank you!

 

For the wild,

 

 

Mark Green
Interim Executive Director