House Democrats seek to conserve 30 percent of US lands, oceans by 2030

House Democrats seek to conserve 30 percent of US lands, oceans by 2030
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House Democrats introduced legislation Friday that would commit the U.S. to conserve 30 percent of the nation’s land and oceans by 2030, the latest push after the effort was introduced in the Senate in October.

“Globally, the loss of nature – accelerated by climate change – is putting up to one million species on the path to extinction. Conserving our lands and waters is essential to protecting humans and wildlife and stabilizing our climate,” Rep. Deb HaalandDebra HaalandOne way we can honor John Lewis' legacy: Amend the 13th Amendment Native American lawmaker: 'Redskins' name change 'should have been made a long time ago' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Internal watchdog probing Park Police actions toward Lafayette Square protesters | Democrats detail their .5T green infrastructure plan | Green groups challenge Trump water rules rollback MORE (D-N.M.), who is spearheading the effort in the House, said in a release. 

The resolution cites recent reports that show how species are being affected by a changing climate, including research showing that the U.S. and Canada have lost 3 billion birds over the last 50 years and that 1 million species face extinction

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The effort was initially introduced in the Senate by Sens. Tom UdallThomas (Tom) Stewart UdallGOP lawmaker says he will oppose any attempts to delay election Trump raises idea of delaying election Cook Political Report shifts several Senate races toward Democrats MORE (D-N.M.) and Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetHow Congress is preventing a Medicare bankruptcy during COVID-19 Tom Cotton rips NY Times for Chinese scientist op-ed criticizing US coronavirus response Our national forests need protection — and Congress can help MORE (D-Colo.), helping to spell out the details of Bennet’s climate plan for the 2020 race.

“We’re in the middle of the sixth mass extinction. This one human caused. Combine this massive loss of nature with the devastating effect of CC and what does it add up to? An existential threat to our planet and the survival of humanity itself. So we must write a new playbook,” Udall said at an event Friday.

Also Friday, a coalition of 74 environmental groups sent letters to lawmakers seeking to raise support for the resolution.

“To confront the rapid loss of America’s natural places and wildlife, the U.S. needs to accelerate land and ocean protection and restoration efforts at all levels of government and across the country,” the coalition wrote. The letter was signed by groups including Oceana, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the League of Conservation Voters.