The Nature Conservancy on California Air Resources Board’s Scoping Plan

Looking from the ground up through a redwood tree.
Northern California TNC helped create a financial incentive mechanism for sustainable forestry and contributed to California’s climate change regulatory program. © Kevin Arnold

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“Today, California took an important step forward for the climate: it adopted a new roadmap for the state to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045. While much work is still needed to ensure that greenhouse gas emissions are reduced as quickly as possible, the adoption of this roadmap is a globally defining action—many nations have yet to commit to such a climate goal—and demonstrates California’s bold leadership in addressing climate change.”

“With careful stewardship and restoration efforts, California’s lands can play a vital role in helping the state to achieve carbon neutrality, while also continuing to provide a multitude of other additional benefits, such as cleaner air and water, for all Californians.  

“The inclusion of California’s Natural and Working Lands in this Scoping Plan reflects a new and needed level of climate ambition that recognizes the significant role that nature can play in protecting people and our planet,” said Sydney Chamberlin, Climate and Nature-Based Solutions Project Manager, The Nature Conservancy California.

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. The Nature Conservancy is working to make a lasting difference around the world in 77 countries and territories (41 by direct conservation impact and 36 through partners) through a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on X.