The science is clear: our planet is at a critical crossroads. As a rapidly growing global population puts more demand on food, water and energy around the world, the need for innovative conservation solutions has never been more urgent. We CAN still change course. But it’s up to those of us who care about creating a healthier, more sustainable future to take action now.
Today, only 5 percent of the natural lands around the globe at risk for development are protected. That means so many of our planet’s incredible landscapes could be stripped by mines or striped by highways at any moment. As more habitat is lost, more species are facing extinction. Tragically, 60 percent of the world’s wildlife has been lost in the last 45 years.
The effects of a changing climate only compound these threats to our lands and waters. The last 3 years have been the hottest on record and the problem is only going to intensify, putting immense pressure on the places we live and the natural resources we rely on.
Tackling the biggest environmental challenges is going to take bold action, smart science, and collaboration on a massive scale. And as the world’s leading conservation organization, The Nature Conservancy is uniquely qualified to do just that.
For more than 65 years, The Nature Conservancy has pushed the boundaries of conservation to ensure nature and people can thrive. Our supporters have helped us protect more than 119 million acres of land, countless miles of rivers and streams, and our vital oceans -- and we are working to protect more nature in the next 10 years than we have in our history. We are using our scientific expertise to find innovative solutions that can halt the catastrophic march of climate change. And we are partnering with communities, governments, farmers, and industry leaders around the world to help secure healthy food and clean water for all people without sacrificing the environment.
Together with our members, we can protect the natural world we rely on today—and put us on the path to a more hopeful, sustainable future.