Gov. Newsom Announces New Goal to Preserve Land and Coastal Waters by 2030

NBC Bay Area

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced new efforts to fight climate change across California.

Standing in front of Sierra Orchards in Solano County, the governor announced a new goal to preserve 30% of land and coastal waters by 2030

"30 by 30 by 2030 is the mandate and the goal," the governor said. "We'll be the first state to do both land and coastal conservation and we will join other parts of the globe."

Newsom said this new effort is an audacious but achievable goal and is aligned with lower the carbon footprint and "greening" the economy of the state.

The new order consists on a number of strategies to store carbon in California's natural and working lands and remove it from the atmosphere.

To do so, the state will focus on the following:

  • Healthy soils management, including planting cover crops, hedgerows and compost applications 
  • Wetlands restoration to protect coastal areas
  • Active forest management to reduce catastrophic risk and restore forest health
  • Boosting green infrastructure in urban areas like trees and parks. 

"We cant forget about our deserts, our wet lands, we cant forget about our coasts, we cant forget about our ranches, we cant forget about our agricultures," he said while explaining California's environmental diversity.

As the Bay Area and other parts of California deal with the effects of raging wildfires, Gov. Gavin Newsom attacked the idea that the fires are natural in any way. He said the cause is climate change and said anyone who thinks differently is in denial. Robert Handa reports.

Throughout the month of September, Newsom signed various executive orders and legislation to further his environmental efforts across the Golden State.

California will ban the sale of new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks in 15 years, establishing a timeline in the nation's most populous state that could force U.S. automakers to shift their zero-emission efforts into overdrive.

Newsom also held California Climate Action Day, where he had conversations with local, state and world leaders on a wide range of climate issues.

In mid-September, Newsom met with President Trump and other officials. The meeting revealed how divided the country is when it comes to climate change.

President Donald Trump met with California Governor Gavin Newsom and other state officials Monday in a high-profile meeting which showed the country how divided we are when it comes to climate change. Jackie Ward reports.

To read the full text for the recently signed executive order, click here.

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