Agriculture, energy development, housing sprawl and other human factors, have made the United States lose 24 million acres of farmland in 16 years – from 2001 to 2017.
That is equivalent of nine Grand Canyon national parks!
According to the study by the Center for American Progress titled “How Much Nature Should America Keep,” this scenario makes the country more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
Consequently, the U.S must set a goal to protect 30% of land and oceans by 2030 to stem the rapid decline of natural areas, which will protect the country from the worst impacts of climate change and wildlife extinction.
“The United States is entering an era in which it will rely more than ever on the integrity and stability of the natural world to provide economic prosperity, safeguard the health of communities, and weather the effects of a changing climate,” the report said.
The report insisted that the U.S. must beef up existing land conservation policies at both the federal and local levels.