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Solar Panels

Talking about solar as part of the solution

Otsego Land Trust features solar on their website.

“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…”

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Happy Couple
Judy Anderson

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.

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Nwalt Screenshot

How does local land conservation relate to climate change?

Creating videos that are conversational, jargon-free, and compelling involves finding the right messengers and imagery, supported by an occasional fact to back it up. This video goes a long way in that direction. Check out the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust’s leadership in helping their community connect the dots…

Northwest Arkansas Land Trust and a farmer explain…

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Post Burn Forest
Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images

One-third of forests aren’t growing back after wild fires, research finds

“Seedlings are more sensitive to warm, dry conditions than mature trees, so if the right conditions don’t exist within a few years following a wildfire, tree seedlings may not establish,” said Philip Higuera, a coauthor of the study.

Earlier this month, a separate study found that ponderosa pine and pinyon forests in the West are becoming less resilient due to droughts and…

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Monarchs Over Petridish

Global warming can turn monarch butterflies’ favorite food into poison

Louisiana State University researchers have discovered a new relationship between climate change, monarch butterflies and milkweed plants.

It turns out that warming temperatures don’t just affect the monarch, Danaus plexippus, directly, but also affect this butterfly by potentially turning its favorite plant food into a poison…

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People Looking Awkward But Talking
NLC

15 steps to create effective climate communications

This is a good article, and I hope you check it out.

For most people, climate change is an abstract subject tainted with divisive politics…The truth is, we can all speak effectively on climate change…

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River Research
Milwaukee's Urban Rivers Land Trust

Connecting people

“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…”

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Bridge In The Fall
Al Gartzke Photography

“Urban” trails might be a great place to start

Does your land trust's service area include, or focus on, an "urban" area? A city, hamlet, village or more densely populated area?

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…

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Forest Trail Sign
Hopkinton Conservation Commission

Rural town, conservation groups integrate trails and conservation

For a small rural community their partnerships and land protection efforts are impressive. Check out their website to get inspired. 

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.

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American Conservation Coalition
American Conservation Coalition

Don’t conservatives care?

American Conservation Coalition is giving a voice to conservatives on the environment. If you care about connecting with conservatives in your community you might appreciate this website and it’s posts.

The American Conservation Coalition (ACC) is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and empowering conservatives to re-engage on environmental conversations. ACC was founded in June 2017 by a group of conservative millennials who saw a gap in the conservative movement when it came to the environment. ACC believes that economic and environmental success can go hand in hand, and conservatives should champion this message and take a seat at the table in discussions concerning conservation, clean energy, sportsmen’s rights, agriculture, climate, and much more. Where other environmental groups have disenfranchised those who are right-of-center, ACC seeks to activate the conservative movement on the grassroots, state, and federal levels — bringing forth bipartisan discussions on environmental topics that impact us all…

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