It isn’t just the most ambitious state-imposed emissions goal in the U.S. but within North America. In this part of the world, California is the clear environmental leader.
The new target is the same as the one set by the European Union in October. As Gov. Brown stated during his inaugural address in January, “California has the most far-reaching environmental laws of any state and the most integrated policy to deal with climate change of any political jurisdiction in the Western Hemisphere.”
California is on track to meet or even exceed its current goal of reducing emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. It’s a goal set into law in 2006 by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The new goal of a 40 percent reduction will enable the state to reach its target of reducing emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.
“With this order, California sets a very high bar for itself and other states and nations, but it’s one that must be reached – for this generation and generations to come,” Gov. Brown said.
The residents of California are concerned about climate change, as a recent report found. According to DDB’s Life Style Study, 59 percent of Californians are “very concerned” about climate change, compared to 48 percent of Americans in other states. Clearly, the state government is doing a good job of conveying the need for action to reduce emissions.
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Gina-Marie is a freelance writer and journalist armed with a degree in journalism, and a passion for social justice, including the environment and sustainability. She writes for various websites, and has made the 75+ Environmentalists to Follow list by Mashable.com.