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Spectrum - August 26, 2022

Guest Opinion: 30x30: A vision to protect our planet

by Megan Fluke

The impacts of climate change are now increasingly urgent reminders of our dependence on nature for survival. It is welcome news that California's legislature passed a budget bill this summer with funding for our state's 30x30 efforts, laying a path to protect 30% of California's land, freshwater and sea by 2030. The goal is to preserve enough land and water to slow the pace of global warming, preserve biodiversity and ensure clean air and safe water for all.

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Megan Fluke is the executive director of Green Foothills, an environmental land use organization that envisions a resilient region where wildlife thrives, everyone has natural beauty to enjoy, and communities live in balance with nature.


Posted by felix
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 26, 2022 at 2:52 pm

felix is a registered user.

Thank you Megan Fluke and Green Foothills. Let’s all roll up our sleeves and do what we can as individuals and as communities to make 30x30 be realized in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.

EPA - please think very carefully what is at risk if mega development is approved.

If Stanford’s academic boundary is breached, the loss is irretrievable. The SCCO Supes should be recalled if they change the super majority needed.

Times up for mining, and no exploiting sacred land taken from the Amah Mutsun.

Farmland saved. Food. No more words are needed.

It’s an election year - every candidate should be asked - Do you support policies that promote 30x30 goals?

Posted by Rose
a resident of Mayfield
on Aug 26, 2022 at 8:18 pm

Rose is a registered user.

Thank you for this clear and compelling analysis of our climate crisis, our progress, and the many challenges that are still in front of us. I hope the Santa Clara County staff in charge of making a decision regarding the Sargent Ranch Quarry are wise enough to say No No No.

Posted by Native to the BAY
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 29, 2022 at 7:18 pm

Native to the BAY is a registered user.

Dear Ms. Fluke,

There is a ginormous amount of percentage number sets & data quantifiers in your OPEd. Are u speaking of The Williamson Act protected farms & agriculture in Palo Alto or Stanford owned? Where is the working farm that produces food 4 Palo Alto? Is it providing for the nearly 300 unhoused individuals & families struggling to survive along ECR? climate crisis is at our bay shores, front doors & up into the foothills. One only need look at the the brown grass covering the hills (CZU Fire) & once wet marshes of the bay to understand. Look up 2 a solo Golden Eagle nested out on the edge of the Foothills EXWY. Yet. I was surprised that your piece did not highlight the Williamson Act is a tax shelter for land that produces no food or raises no live stock. Are wild Turkeys propagating there? How about our larger mammals? Like our unhoused humans or the three 8 point bucks coming down at twighlight to Page Mill to get fresh grass? & may b hit by a FordF150 or silent Tesla. I pulled my small car off the shoulder & shooed these beautiful creatures back up the hill, away from HWY up hill. How about the coyote family I encountered on Hanover (Research Park) running across the road and into all the empty new commercial bldgs, in search of food & water.

I whole heartedly agree that land must be preserved for it’s open space to let grass grow & life thrive. However you missed an opportunity to speak to a larger issue. How to work together? The unhoused crisis, preserve natural habitats & bring down the cost of real estate. Deeded ag land & hiding behind a few cow tax shelters w William’n Act & Prop 13 Commer’l tax shelter? Follow the Hydro grid from Shasta / Oroville. The Bay Area is lighted by. How about solar farms in “Green Foothills”? Undaming hydro dams , put wind turbines. Its time. our once Tribal Ohlone lands a lot. Return the favor, share the resource - it would help ease so much pain, suffering & resolve a ugly (Le)land Stanford grabbing history.TY

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