Stories in California

The Determining Decade

A series of webinars to learn how, together, we can change the planet’s trajectory.

Sunset in La Jolla, San Diego, California.
The Determining Decade Sunset in La Jolla, San Diego, California. © Stephen Shellesky

The Nature Conservancy in California is pleased to present "The Determining Decade” series. Science shows that the next 10 years present a critical window to put our planet on the path to a better future. Hear from our scientists and conservation leaders to discover how nature provides many of the solutions that we need, from tackling drought and plastic pollution to creating a low-carbon economy.

Each webinar features a short presentation by one or more of our experts on a critical environmental issue. You’ll be able to learn:

  • Why this issue is important
  • What TNC is doing to find solutions here in California and globally
  • What you can do to help

You can watch previous webinar recordings by clicking the links listed here:

The Determining Decade: Join TNC California’s Chief Development Officer, Liz Harvey Roberts, in a series of conversations about our restoration and scientific work in California.

Places We Protect: Dangermond Preserve A webinar by TNC California, where we take you on a virtual exploration of The Jack & Laura Dangermond Preserve. Why Wild Lands are Essential: Discovering Species at Dangermond Preserve. One case to be made for the conservation of wild lands is to preserve what we have not yet discovered.
THE ROAD TO 100%CLEAN AND GREEN ENERGY Countries around the world are looking for ways to drastically reduce carbon pollution. Shifting to renewable energy is one of the top solutions. One in three Americans now lives in a city or state with a commitment to 100% clean energy.
SAVING OUR FORGOTTEN FORESTS California’s iconic kelp forests provide habitat for hundreds of marine species, fostering biodiversity comparable to that of forests in the Sierra Nevada and delivering hundreds of millions of dollars in benefits to people each year. But these important kelp forests are in crisis.
WATER: THE ESSENTIAL ELEMENT California’s water system is not working for nature and increasingly not working for people either. The boom-and-bust cycle of drought and deluge is expected to get more extreme in the decades ahead. California must be smarter about delivering water when and where nature needs it most.
Plastic: It's Now or Forever Plastic pollution has become one of the most pressing environmental challenges of our time. Plastic waste is choking our waterways, polluting our oceans, killing wildlife and infiltrating our food supply.
LAND, HUMANS, NATURE: THE UNBROKEN LINK Just like the superhighways that connect Californians across the state, nature has its own invisible superhighways that connect wildlife populations: habitat linkages. These crucial linkages have been unintentionally severed by human highways and urban development.
ENDING THE WILD WILD WET Transforming fishing in one of the world’s most lucrative fisheries: Tuna in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean.
The Water Beneath Our Feet Have you ever wondered how rivers flow in September when the snow has melted and no rain has fallen for months? Or what sustains a desert oasis, or that relaxing hot spring? The answer to these questions is: groundwater – the water stored in the aquifers under the Earth’s surface.
Our Forests, Our Future By accelerating forest health and resilience, we can protect California’s water supply and help California reach its climate goals.

The Determining Decade: A Global Perspective. Join TNC California’s Chief Development Officer, Liz Harvey Roberts, in a series of conversations about our restoration and scientific work around the world.

Africa: A Global Crisis Reaches the Wild The impact of global travel restrictions means that there’s an immediate and unplanned drop of tourism revenue to zero. That’s really damaging because for a lot of these wildlife reserves, international and domestic tourism accounts for about 50 percent of their annual revenue.
An Ocean of Opportunities Seven of every ten pounds of fish produced in Mexico come from the Gulf of California. This biodiversity nurtures hundreds of coastal communities who depend on a healthy environment for their livelihoods.
Saving the Golden Monkey TNC's first project in China was in northwest Yunnan, a globally recognized biodiversity hotspot. Our conservation efforts were centered around a flagship species—the Yunnan golden monkey, one of the world’s most endangered primates.
Saving the Himalayan Brown Bear Nestled high in the Himalayan mountains in India is a remote rangeland where traditional nomadic and semi-nomadic herders live amongst rare and elusive wildlife, including snow leopards and the critically endangered Himalayan brown bear.
Nature Reducing Disaster Risk Climate change is increasing the intensity and severity of natural disasters. With rising temperatures, California will continue to experience more flooding and fires, and these events will continue to become bigger and more devastating.

The Determining Decade: Conversations with Policy Leaders. Join TNC California’s Director of External Affairs and Policy, Jay Ziegler, in a series of conversations about California’s environmental priorities, and the role of policy in scaling critical environmental reforms to address climate change and protect the environment for the benefit of nature and people. 

California State Controller Betty Yee Join California State Controller Betty Yee and TNC California Director of External Affairs and Policy Jay Ziegler for a conversation about how California is budgeting for the environment in the midst of a recession.
CONGRESSMAN JARED HUFFMAN Please join U.S. Congressman Jared Huffman and TNC California Director of External Affairs and Policy Jay Ziegler for a conversation about California’s environmental priorities against the backdrop of the global pandemic.
CA SECRETARY FOR NATURAL RESOURCES WADE CROWFOOT Please join California Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot and TNC California Director of External Affairs and Policy Jay Ziegler for a conversation about California’s environmental priorities against the backdrop of the global pandemic.
FM3 RESEARCH PRESIDENT DAVID METZ Listen to a conversation with David Metz, a leading polling expert with FM3 Research, and Jay Ziegler, Director of TNC Policy and External Affairs, where we’ll explore California’s changing political landscape and what it means for conservation funding and action on climate change.