Newsom puts emphasis on California’s climate resources during Earth Day

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SACRAMENTO (KRON) — Governor and gardener Gavin Newsom planted with preschoolers on Earth Day.

“We’re renaming Earth Day as entrepreneurial, as innovative, as patriotic,” he said.

The governor pledged Monday to put more resources into meeting the states climate-driven goals, specifically health soils and green-apprentice jobs.

“We’re making a big investment in green-collar jobs. Because the paradigm we’re not just arguing for, but proving, is growing your economy and reducing your greenhouse gas emissions low carbon, green growth,” Newsom said. “We need the workforce educated and skilled to advance those efforts.”

Newsom links migration to climate change, something he says he came to understand in his recent trip to El Salvador.

“That’s impacting farmers, impacting displacement, impacting economic anxiety and security which is leading to more migrations,” he said.

Migration is a tense topic between California and President Trump — Newsom also digging into the Trump Administration’s environmental policies.

The Governor says his updated budget will reflect these environmental priorities. He’s expected to release that within the next few weeks.

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