This is an example of why I feel proud to live in California, one of the most progressive states in the U.S, and a leader in climate action. In 2016, California became the first state in the country to enact a bill regulating greenhouse gas emissions caused by animal agriculture.
Bill 1383, “Short-lived climate pollutants: methane emissions: dairy and livestock: organic waste: landfills,” now law is significant because California is the largest producer of dairy in the U.S, and there are no state or federal laws regarding regulations of greenhouse gas emissions caused by animal agriculture related to climate change. The bill requires dairy farms to reduce methane emissions by 40% from 2013 levels by 2030. The program fully goes into effect in 2024.
The UN recognized California’s landmark legislation at COP23 in Bonn Germany by awarding the state of California its Climate and Clean Air Award for having the most comprehensive and strongest set of targets for reducing short-lived climate pollutant emissions into state law for Bill 1383.
Enacting these types of regulations at the state level is a great start. We need more states to enact similar legislation to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by industrial animal agriculture if we are going to meet the Paris agreement goals, regardless of the fact that our current federal administration has chosen to be the ONLY country on the planet not to be in the Paris accord.
You as a voting citizen of the U.S. can make regulations like what California did happen by contacting your local government representatives and by creating a coalition of your fellow citizens to apply pressure. The power of the people have more strength over big industry interests when we work collectively and largely.