Land Conservation = Climate Action: AMC and the 30×30 Campaign to Save Nature
Every 30 seconds in the United States, a football field’s worth of natural area is lost to development. Worldwide, the United Nations estimates that about a million species are now at risk of extinction and that biodiversity is declining hundreds of times faster than the normal rate—a pace never before seen in human history. We are facing a nature crisis, one that is part and parcel of the larger climate crisis. In fact, they are two sides of the same coin— and conservation is a critical part of the solution. Perhaps the most cost-effective way to mitigate climate change is to protect more of the Earth’s lands and waters, especially carbon-rich ecosystems like forests and wetlands. Building on our work as a leader of the nationwide campaign to fully and permanently fund America’s most important conservation and recreation program, the Land and Water Conservation Fund, AMC is now joining the Campaign for Nature in support of a bold and inclusive vision for protecting 30% of our nation’s land and water by 2030 (30×30). The Biden Administration committed to meeting this 30×30 target using a science-based, equity-focused approach that empowers the ongoing, locally-driven conservation efforts of communities across the country. AMC has long been at the forefront of such efforts across the priority landscapes of the Northeast, from the Mid-Atlantic Highlands to the Northeast Forest Network strategy, to a watershed-level effort at the Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, to the Land for Maine’s Future Program leveraging LWCF investment across the largest contiguous forestlands left in the region. Please join AMC’s Conservation Policy experts for an Earth Day-inspired discussion of how our on-the-ground efforts to protect the places you love connect with the national and global campaigns to save nature and stabilize our climate before it’s too late. Register here.