The Wilderness Society

The Wilderness Society

Making America Beautiful for All
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Yosemite Valley, United States
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Bailey Zindel

In May 2021, the Biden administration launched the America the Beautiful initiative—a historic commitment to protect 30 percent of U.S. lands and waters by the year 2030. Now, it’s up to communities across the country to help make that commitment a reality—and to make sure the future it leads to is one that includes, engages and benefits all people. That’s why The Wilderness Society teamed up with GreenLatinos and the Children’s Environmental Health Network to form the America the Beautiful for All Coalition. Launched in 2022, the Coalition centers the voices of communities of color and frontline communities in advocating for the goals of the America the Beautiful Initiative. At the same time, the Coalition is pushing further to ensure at least 40% of the funding benefits communities that have historically seen little to no investment in conservation and equitable access to nature. To achieve these goals, the Coalition has united 150 organizations representing the full diversity of our nation and the future of the conservation movement—frontline organizations, Indigenous and communities of color, national groups, public health organizations, wildlife and ocean organizations, hunters and anglers, businesses, land trusts and more. That’s the convening power that donors like you make possible—and the type of inclusive collaboration the crises of this moment and our vision for the future demand.

Public Lands can Help Fight the Climate Crisis

For too long, public lands have been managed to benefit corporate polluters.

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Harming our health and contributing to climate change.

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It doesn’t have to be this way.

Public lands can help fight the climate crisis.

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1 Renewable energy projects on public lands could power thousands of homes with clean energy.

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2 Protected forests and wetlands can absorb dangerous climate change emissions

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3 Connected wildlands can help wildlife and communities adapt to our changing climate.

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Learn more about how public lands can help to fight climate change.

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Description: We have a clear choice ahead of us: allow public lands to remain a major source of climate change emissions that wreck our environment, or phase out fossil fuel development on public lands in order to tackle the #ClimateCrisis.

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