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Why This Matters: Regardless of what happens at the federal level, measures like these at the state and local level are the key to achieving 30% of the land and waters in the U.S. protected from development by 2030, as well as to combatting climate change. These local initiatives are likely to educate and engage the public in implementing the policies we need to conserve our planet. They are feeling the impacts in their cities and towns, and these ballot initiatives empower them to be part of the solutions as well.
While the polls on candidate races were wrong to the detriment of Democrats, the polling we have seen before the election for climate and conservation is consistent with the margin of victory for these state and local ballot initiatives. For example, the Nevada constitutional amendment passed with more than 56% of the vote. Here are some other highlights:
Michigan passed a measure to protect the state’s water, wildlife, and parks through the use of the state’s Natural Resource Trust Fund and the State Park Endowment Fund, which have pumped over $1 billion into land conservation.
Hays County, Texas passed a measure to spend $75 million for the conservation of critical tracts of land and for protection of the Edwards Aquifer, a major drinking water source for San Antonio and Central Texas.
According to The Nature Conservancy, all together, seven states passed ballot measures that will provide $2.2 billion for forward-looking policies to protect nature and help address climate change.
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