The Biden administration plans to preserve 30% of US land and waters by 2030.
This initiative seeks to mitigate the negative effects of climate change and biodiversity decline by protecting more natural areas, in hopes of achieving the nation's habitat conservation goals.
This initiative is a key marker on the road toward a carbon-free future as natural landscapes and seascapes are powerful carbon sinks, pulling CO2 from the atmosphere and sequestering it in safer ways.
This plan requires ingenuity, consensus, and sustained commitment across the nation.
About 26% of the nations ocean territories are protected, but only about 12% of the nation's land area is protected. So the nation has a long way to go to achieve the 30 by 30 goal on land.
The Biden administration has made deliberate advances for both long term and short term solutions including; a pause on oil and gas fracking, a 60-day review on Trump's shrinkage of national monuments, and the establishment of a Climate Conservation Corps.