Climate Change in California

Closed road, below the Kingston Range
BLM lands John Dittli
Climate change threatens California’s residents, economy and environment. The Wilderness Society is working to reduce climate change threats by working on milestone global warming policies.

To ease the effects of global warming on citizens and habitat, we are working on policies that preserve wildlands against climate change. We are also collaborating on the state’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act.

Reducing climate change impacts in California

In California, The Wilderness Society is working on four key campaign objectives in its climate change work:

Promote the role of wildlands in the fight against climate change.

Forests can help store carbon dioxide and that’s why The Wilderness Society is working to promote the protection and restoration of forests as an important part of climate solutions.

Ensure the protection, restoration and sustainable use of wildlands as the state faces climate change.

We are making sure that our state’s climate policies are well-designed, emphasize the climate benefits of healthy forests and won’t cause unintended damage to wild lands and habitat.

Develop ways to manage wild lands that will respond to climate change with science and a collaborative solution.

Scientists, land owners, conservation groups like us and others will need to work with government to study and create new ways to manage wild lands as they face changes caused by global warming.

Help create California’s climate policies so they are valuable for the nation and the world.

In 2006, California approved the groundbreaking Global Warming Solutions Act (also known as Assembly Bill 32 or AB32), which was a call to action on climate change. We are actively helping to put AB32 into action. California’s climate programs are moving the state, nation and world toward a more sustainable future and will help keep wild lands healthy.

See also: 

Wilderness Society report on Sierra climate change

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