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30 by 30 climate change initiative should be inclusive, groups say

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Two years after President Joe Biden challenged the nation to protect 30 percent of its lands and waters by 2030, some advocates say the effort isn’t moving fast enough and hasn’t been as inclusive as it should.

The administration launched its America the Beautiful initiative in early 2021, billing it as a “locally led and voluntary, nationwide effort to conserve, connect and restore” lands, waters and wildlife to combat the sweeping impacts of climate change, greenhouse gas emissions and biodiversity loss.

With its progress looking a bit like a family hike — some forward motion, but also dawdling and negotiating to keep everyone moving in the same direction — a group of nearly 150 organizations launched its own policy agenda last week. 

The America the Beautiful for All Coalition hopes to drive more urgent action on the president’s initiative and also to ensure it includes expanded access to nature for previously underserved communities. 

Tongass National Forest in Alaska is the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world.

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The coalition’s 16-member committee that steered the new policy agenda represents such diverse groups as GreenLatinos, Native American Rights Fund, the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. 

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