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Pacific Forest Trust

Connecting the dots…climate change action and conservation

The Pacific Forest Trust was one of the leaders in the land trust community in talking about climate change. Their focus on forests, why they matter, and how they are impacted by climate change hasn’t slowed down as they step up to lead, again, in calling for climate change action.

Check out their recent newsletter that brings the reality home and includes steps on what they are doing.

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Climate change is becoming a top threat to biodiversity

Warming rivals habitat loss and land degradation as a threat to global wildlife. Climate change will be the fastest-growing cause of species loss in the Americas by midcentury, according to a new set of reports from the leading global organization on ecosystems and biodiversity.

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Neighborhood Sun Invite

Neighborhood Sun to host free event at Eastern Shore Conservation Center

Increasingly, land trusts are finding ways to help their community connect the dots on why solar is related to their conservation work and how to sign up for local, often community, solar.

This past summer, the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy hosted a program with a local solar provider at their office. You can see their announcement here. Perhaps your local land trust could do this as well.

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Clean Grid Alliance

Five reasons farmers love wind & solar

If we are going to reduce coal, oil, and natural gas — to save thousands of species from extinction and avoid significant agricultural damage and loss due to extreme weather – plus find ways to make family farms viable in a changing climate, we are going to have to rethink how solar and wind are compatible with our conservation and community goals.

Check out five reasons why farmers often embrace wind and solar. Land trusts can help communities understand that the alternative to gearing towards renewables is often going out of business, selling for development, and family economic stress.

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Farmer Stress
Anthony Souffle

Mental health issues cropping up as financial stress continues on farms

“Organic dairy farmer Kevin Stuedemann knows how it feels to be on the verge of calling it quits.

After several producers in his area went out of business, Stuedemann’s milk buyer ended its contract with him on 30 days’ notice because there were no longer enough organic dairies nearby to justify sending a truck. With 70 cows producing milk, no customers and zero income, Stuedemann searched frantically for a new buyer and took an off-farm job to make ends meet…”

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Solar Panel Install
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Americans want more clean energy. Here’s what they’re actually willing to do to get it

Many Americans agree. Polling now suggests the American public wants more renewable energy, soon; there are likely people waiting for your land trust to help make that possible as part of its land conservation efforts. It's one of the ways that land trusts like yours can increase their relevance.

Americans have long supported the idea of clean power. The question has always been how much effort they’re willing to expend to make a green energy future a reality.

A new survey from global auditing and consulting firm Deloitte suggests the gap between environmental concern and consumer action may be shrinking. The pillars helping to bridge the divide include falling prices for solar power, higher awareness of clean energy options, growing concern about climate change and the inclinations of millennials.

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GOP For Climate Change Discussions
Grist / Amelia Bates

Republicans embracing climate change

Young Republicans, reformed lobbyists, and green Tea Partiers: Meet America’s “eco-right.”

Tanner’s nonprofit, Conservation Hawks, is part of a coalition of grassroots organizations trying to pull conservatives into the conversation about rising temperatures.

And it’s starting to work. There’s a small but growing alliance of concerned conservatives who want to reclaim climate change as a nonpartisan issue. This motley crew of lobbyists, Evangelical Christians, and far-right radicals call themselves the “eco-right.”

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Yale Climate Change Opinions Map
Yale SCHOOL OF FORESTRY & ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

Yale Climate Opinion Maps 2018

These maps show how Americans’ climate change beliefs, risk perceptions, and policy support vary at the state, congressional district, metro area, and county levels. Please see the most recent version of these maps here.

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Red Sunset
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A new study shows that more Utahns are discussing climate change

Researchers have produced a new interactive Climate Opinion Map that allows users to see people’s climate change opinions across the U.S.

What’s great about it is it’s relevant to anybody in any community across the country,” said Peter Howe, assistant professor of human-environment geography at Utah State University. “You know we make these numbers available all the way down to the county level.”

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Talk About Climate Change
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The most important thing you can do to fight global warming: End the climate “spiral of silence.”

Americans rarely talk about climate change—and they rarely hear about it in the media—a major new survey finds. But that silence reinforces the dangerously wrong notion that climate change isn’t an existential threat requiring urgent action.

There is good news. Land trusts are starting to help their supporters, and their communities, realize that the lands and waters they love are at stake—and that land conservation, while part of the solution, won’t be enough. I think you’ll appreciate the science to this changing approach…

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