How do nature lovers spend their time each year in Austin, the Live Music Capital of the World?
- Rocking out for three days straight in Zilker Park at the ACL Festival.
- Cooling off with a dip in the 68-degree waters of Barton Springs—after an awesome day of jamming to some of the hottest bands in the country (at the ACL Festival).
- Dropping by for a nature fix at The Nature Conservancy’s booth in the ACL Cares section of—what else?—the ACL Festival.
October is just around the corner, and with it comes one of the coolest music festivals in the country – ACL. The Conservancy will be there both weekends, October 4-6 and October 11-13, to raise awareness about the vital role nature plays in helping cities respond to an increasingly frequent one-two environmental punch: climate change and rapid population growth. Did you know:
- Texas is in its third year of drought? More than 90 percent of our state has been affected. If we continue down this path, by 2060 Texas stands to lose $116 billion each year due to water shortages. But the Conservancy has helped pass innovative water legislation and is using a number of science-based tools to promote water conservation and groundwater protection to ensure we have enough water for the future.
- Our population of 25 million is expected to nearly double by 2050? Of the 10 cities in the United States with the largest gain of people, half are in Texas—Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Dallas and Fort Worth. That means more stress on natural resources like trees and water, and an urgent need to shore up aging infrastructure. The Conservancy understands the challenges on the horizon and launched its Urban Strategies Initiative to tackle those issues in a way that highlights the importance of marrying traditional infrastructure and natural assets.
- Roughly six million people live along the Gulf Coast? As stronger, more destructive storms become the new normal, those six million Texans remain vulnerable. That’s why we have taken the lead in coastal defense strategies like restoring coastal marshes and wetlands, and rebuilding oyster reefs—these natural assets are a buffer against flooding, erosion and storm surge.
We know you love music, but you also love nature—and we’ll be on hand at ACL to share the ways you can help us solve some of Texas’ most pressing environmental issues. Visit the Conservancy’s booth in the ACL Cares section of the park, snag some cool stuff and find out what you can do to help! Sweepstakes rules