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Asm. Ash Kalra and Audubon to Announce California Bill Addressing Green Space Access Inequality

New bill, believed the first of its kind, would help address disparities in access to outdoor recreation in communities of color and elsewhere.


(Sacramento, Calif., March 16, 2021)—On Tuesday, March 16, 2021 California Asm. Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) will join Audubon California, Azul and Latino Outdoors to announce introduction of a bill that would recognize access to nature as a basic human right and direct state agencies to ensure that policies reflect the need of all Californians for safe, convenient outdoor recreation opportunities.


What:      Virtual news conference

When:     11:30 a.m., March 16, 2021


                   Contact or 415-595-9245 for passcode.                                      

Who:   Asm. Ash Kalra, (D-San Jose)
            Juan Altamirano, Associate Dir. of Public Policy, Audubon California
            Marce Gutiérrez-Grandinš, Founder and ED, Azul
            Jose Gonzalez, Founder and ED Emeritus, Latino Outdoors

Why: While studies indicate profound benefits of time spent outdoors in natural settings, research also 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.

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 in October. Multiple studies show a steep decline in bird populations that depend on them, in California and beyond. The number of birds in North America has dropped by one-third – a billion individual birds -- over the past 50 years, likely due in large part to loss of suitable habitat. At the same time, Audubon research shows that remaining birds face an uncertain future as the continent warms.

Jason Howe,; 415-595-9245

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