Conservation & Science

California continues to lead on climate change

A statement from Margaret Spring, vice president for conservation and science, and chief conservation officer for the Monterey Bay Aquarium:

The Monterey Bay Aquarium applauds the continued leadership of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in confronting the causes and impacts of climate change. In announcing the most ambitious target in North America to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Gov. Brown reinforces that California is at the forefront in protecting and restoring our environment.

Kelp forest and seafloor marine life at Point Lobos State Reserve. Photo by Bill Morgan
Kelp forest and seafloor marine life at Point Lobos State Reserve. Photo by Bill Morgan

Greenhouse gases accumulate in the atmosphere, causing excessive global warming and rising sea levels. Accumulation in the ocean is causing acidification that threatens marine life – and much of the oxygen and food that we depend upon for our survival. Our actions hold the key to solving the climate crisis.

In addition to recognizing the urgent need to reduce harmful emissions, Governor Brown offers bold direction for California to effectively adapt to the unavoidable effects of climate change. This comprehensive approach is moving the nation and the world toward a more sustainable future.

Read more about Gov. Brown’s executive order on climate change

Frequently asked questions about the impacts of the executive order

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