Statement Regarding Nevada's Executive Order on Climate Change
On Nov. 22, Gov. Sisolak signed Executive Order 2019-22 directing state agencies to develop and implement a robust climate strategy in Nevada. The Nature Conservancy applauds Gov. Sisolak and his effort to advance comprehensive climate action in Nevada.
“I appreciate the bold leadership of Gov. Sisolak to tackle climate change,” said Juan Palma, State Director for The Nature Conservancy in Nevada. “In recent years, we have experienced the damaging effects of drought and wildfire, exacerbated by climate change, in our forests and rangelands. Climate change is a complex problem—one that requires decisive action. It is also an incredible opportunity to advance a clean energy economy and boost the resiliency of our communities and ecosystems. Nevada is well poised to meet this challenge. The Governor’s EO provides the necessary framework and direction needed to meet the challenge of this dire threat. Thank you Gov. Sisolak.”
The Executive Order provides direction to state agencies to develop and implement programs that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and facilitate adaption to the effects of climate change. Notably, Section 6.D. of the Executive Order directs the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to consider natural climate solutions as part of its emissions reduction strategy.
Natural climate solutions are conservation, restoration, and improved land management actions in landscapes and wetlands that increase carbon storage or avoid greenhouse gas emissions. Research by The Nature Conservancy and 15 other institutions shows that restoration and other land management improvements could provide more than a third of the emissions reductions needed by 2030 to limit global warming to less than 2°C.
“With nature, we have a climate solution that is available now,” said Jaina Moan, External Affairs Director for The Nature Conservancy in Nevada. “The forests, sagebrush, and desert ecosystems in Nevada offer an affordable system of carbon storage that can be maximized through conservation and enhanced carbon management solutions. Nature is our greatest asset and hope.”
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. Working in 72 countries and territories: 38 by direct conservation impact and 34 through partners, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.