Mayor Signs on to Support 30 by 30
January 12, 2021 2:30 PM
by Shannon Parry
Santa Monica Mayor Sue Himmelrich joined elected officials from across the country in signing an open letter to President-elect Joe Biden encouraging the Biden-Harris administration to support local, state, and federal action to conserve at least 30 percent of our nation’s lands and oceans by 2030. This action reflects the goals the City of Santa Monica has established in the Sustainable Rights Ordinance, the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, and the Sustainable City Plan.
The open letter to President Elect Biden states:
“Nature is indispensable to the health and prosperity of communities across America. We depend on our forests and streams for clean drinking water and clean air. Our ocean supplies wild fish that feed our country and provides endless wonder and enjoyment. Our rivers, mountains, and deserts are where families unplug and reconnect. Our parks, open spaces, beaches, trails, and public lands enrich communities’ quality of life and power America’s outdoor recreation economy.”
This sentiment reflects the City’s ongoing commitment to sustainability and wellbeing and recognizes the important role that healthy ecosystems play in our community.
The plan for conserving at least 30 percent of our nation’s lands and oceans by 2030, known as “30 by 30” will protect roughly 75 percent of Earth’s species and slow climate change by storing carbon in plants and soil. This plan calls for an ambitious and inclusive movement that engages local, state, and national leaders to conserve, protect, and restore our natural world.
Governor Newson signed an Executive Order late last year, making California the first US state to commit to the 30 by 30 goal, but national support is needed. President-elect Biden has spoken favorably about signing a Federal Executive Order to commit the country to this important goal. Only 26 percent of U.S. waters and 12 percent of land is currently protected. In California, only 22 percent of our state's lands and 16 percent of our coastal waters are protected.
The City of Santa Monica has a longstanding commitment to use the power of community to enhance our resources, prevent harm to the natural environment and human health, and benefit the social and economic well-being of the community for the sake of current and future generations. For more information on sustainability programs and policies visit www.sustainablesm.org.