Climate change is happening, here’s how you can help
Talking about climate change and the impacts it is having on the animals, communities, and landscapes people care about is critical. Walking the walk demonstrates the land trust really cares about the issue and is serious about its pledge to conserve land for generations to come.
Providing community members with steps they can take is central to them staying involved and being part of the solution. Check out how one land trust is doing this…
Leading by example: Tackling the climate challenge in the Granite State
Rather than talk about fighting solar and wind, consider linking them to the positive impact needed and how climate change, left unchecked, will destroy much of what we are working to conserve. Talk about balance and the need to think about conservation and renewables with new eyes. Here’s a good example…
Renown climate communicator and scientist, Katharine Hayhoe, Honored With Stephen H. Schneider Award
“For many years, Katharine Hayhoe has been a unique voice in the climate communication world,” said Naomi Oreskes, a juror for the award and a professor of the history of science at Harvard University. “With her patience, her empathy and her abiding Christian faith, she has been able to reach audiences that other climate scientists have not been able to reach…”
Talking about solar as part of the solution
“As a conservation organization, Otsego Land Trust understands that climate change is an enormous conservation challenge. Our work protecting forest and farmlands, wetlands, open space, and wildlife habitat makes a positive contribution to mitigating the negative damage of climate change…”
The most important thing you can do to fight global warming…End the climate “spiral of silence.”
A new survey confirms the media contributes to the climate silence: “Only about four in ten Americans (43 percent) say they hear about global warming in the media once a month or more frequently. That’s resulting in an increase in climate denial.
As science-based organizations, working to uphold conservation attributes of land and water over time, land trusts talking about climate change is increasingly important.
How does local land conservation relate to climate change?
Northwest Arkansas Land Trust and a farmer explain…
“River Revitalization offers opportunities for people to connect with Milwaukee’s urban rivers. This connection to water and nature is central to our mission of protecting Milwaukee’s rivers. Community members help take care of land, open green space and trails. This work connects neighborhoods with each other, teaches and encourages safe interactions with urban land and rivers, and helps restore our river systems…”
“Urban” trails might be a great place to start
Urban trails, like their rural counterparts, could provide a strong link between climate change emission reduction and enhancing the quality of life with those who live there.
If you and/or your land trust are looking to invest in urban trails this visually designed handout might be an inspiring place to start.
Working on climate change reduction with your community often starts by building trust and adding value to people’s lives in a way that is meaningful to them.
Follow the River Revitalization Foundation in Milwaukee as they work to connect people to people, and people to the river—often with trails…
Rural town, conservation groups integrate trails and conservation
Town forests, public conservation areas, connecting trails that create a Greenway, and conserved farmland, are some of the work the rural Town of Hopkinton, in New Hampshire, has made possible.
If you want to see their version of the famed Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace, or create one of your own, explore the Hopkinton Village Greenway. It’s a vision worth replicating.