President Joe Biden signed an executive order this week instructing federal officials to protect 30% of the country’s land and marine waters by 2030. This is part of an effort to slow the wildlife extinction crisis and curb global warming.
“This is a critical step in ending the wildlife extinction crisis that threatens the future of all life on our planet,” said Kierán Suckling, director of the Center for Biodiversity. “We have to preserve the biologically richest ecosystems in order to bring nature back from the edge. Human activity has brought us to this heartbreaking point, and we are grateful that the Biden government will address this global crisis by working to protect 30% of the country’s countries and oceans by 2030. “
By order of the President, the Home Office will determine how the country’s progress towards the 30 × 30 target will be measured and the steps to be taken to achieve that target. Federal officials will also support local, state, private, and tribal protection and restoration efforts and work to improve access to nature for low-income and color communities.
Three quarters of the planet’s land and two thirds of its ocean have been profoundly altered by humans. Habitat loss and degradation continue to be the biggest driver of extinction in the US and around the world. The US is losing a natural area worth soccer field every 30 seconds to human development, severely affecting wildlife, freshwater and clean air.
The United Nations said last year that more than 1 million species of plants and animals are threatened with extinction. Species are becoming extinct at hundreds to a thousand times the natural rate. For example, there are fewer than 400 North Atlantic right whales, only 14 known red wolves in the wild in North Carolina, and probably around 10 vaquita porpoises in Mexico. In the southeast, 28% of the region’s fish, 48% of crabs and almost 70% of freshwater mussels are threatened with extinction.
A year ago, the Center launched Saving Life on Earth, a plan that includes an investment of $ 100 billion to save species and create new national monuments and parks, wildlife sanctuaries, and marine reserves that make up 30% of U.S. land and marine reserves Water bodies are fully preserved and protected until 2030 and 50% until 2050.
Thank you to the Center for Biodiversity for providing this news.
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