Nature Access for All

Audubon California is co-sponsoring a bill to ensure equitable and safe access to nature for all Californians.

As more and more people seek respite outdoors during this global pandemic, we have the opportunity to invest in our public lands and recreation—doing our part to make our state healthier and more resilient—while also increasing access to these green spaces for those who already suffer the worst impacts from environmental injustices.

California Asm. Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) has joined Audubon California and other sponsors to introduce a bill that would ensure that all Californians have safe and affordable access to nature and access to the benefits of nature​. 

Studies indicate the profound benefits of time spent outdoors in natural settings. Children who spend time outdoors in natural environments experience improved health and cognitive functions, strong motor coordination, reduced stress, and enhanced social skills.

However, research from the Nature Gap report shows that communities of color are three times more likely than white communities to live in nature-deprived areas and that 70 percent of low-income communities live in nature-deprived areas. In addition, Black, Latino, and indigenous people often encounter hostility or threats when trying to enjoy time outdoors. 

Levels of concern for the loss of habitat for fish and wildlife, inadequate water supplies, pollution in the air and water, the loss of pollinators, uncontrollable wildfires, and climate are of increasing concern to many communities across California but especially to communities of color and disadvantaged communities. Communities of color and disadvantaged communities are highly concerned about the future of nature, water, air, and wildlife.

The Outdoor Access to Nature (AB30) bill would direct all relevant state agencies, including the Natural Resources Agency, the State Department of Public Health, the Department of Transportation, and state boards to ensure that policies reflect the need of all Californians for safe and convenient outdoor recreation opportunities.

With respect to the implementation of this act, it is the intent of the Legislature that the state provides for the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of people of all races, cultures, incomes, and national origins. This includes soliciting, accounting for, and responding to the voices, needs, and priorities of communities of color, indigenous communities, and economically disadvantaged communities.

Maintaining urban green space is an important part of “30 x 30,” an international effort to maintain biodiversity and create resilience against climate change, recognized in an executive order signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom. 

Audubon California-Sponsored Bill Recognizes Access to Nature as a Human Right and State Policy Priority
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