The fate of our planet is in our hands. Science shows that we have less than a decade to head off a climate catastrophe. If we succeed, California could catalyze global action on climate. If we fail, our state will be among the first to feel the devastating effects of climate change.
It’s time to act.
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is launching the Determining Decade Campaign to rally Californians to meet the moment that will define our future. We’ve already protected over 1 million acres in California and brought species back from the brink of extinction using scientifically proven strategies. But we need your help to go bigger and move faster. Combine our work with your action, and we can meet the climate crisis head on.
Step 1: The Pledge
Are you ready to join forces with TNC to meet the challenge of the Determining Decade? Sign the pledge!
Not only will you be taking environmental action in your own life, you’ll learn about our work in California and how you can plug into landscape scale conservation, from the largest restoration project in Sierra Nevada history to the science of restoring endangered species.
Sign the Determining Decade Pledge
By signing the pledge, you’ll gain access to our Determining Decade Webinar Series and Action Newsletter. It’s a rewarding process. We’ll be here to guide you through, and it all starts with a pledge.
Step 2: The Map
From April to September 2021, each month will focus on a different aspect of our work in the fight against climate change.
April is climate month, focusing on the scale of the problem and how the climate crisis touches down in California. Then we’ll move on to Land, Oceans, Cities, and Water to give you an insider’s view into the science of fighting Climate Change.
DETERMINING DECADE WEBINAR SERIES:
This monthly series features environmental luminaries, policymakers, business leaders and TNC scientists working in the field to protect and restore critical ecosystems across our state.Register Here!
Each newsletter will give you something to learn and something to do to fight climate change. We’ll send you videos and articles that dive into our science and work on the ground. Every learning will be paired with an action you can take to reduce your carbon footprint and make a broader impact on your community and the ecosystems we all depend on.Sign Up!
Step 3: The Journey
We'll post all monthly webinars, learnings and actions below. Join us from April through September and make a difference in the Determining Decade.
Let’s do this!
Water Month | August 2021
Seeking Citizen Scientists: Eyes on the Drought!
For nature to stand a chance in California’s current drought, we need to know where the effects are touching down. That’s where you come in. Contribute to science and document the places you see the effects of drought using our new web tool. Become a drought sleuth!
How Drought Leads to Megafires
There’s a clear link between severe drought and catastrophic wildfires. When people tap deep groundwater reserves to make it through drought times, trees don’t get the water they need to stay healthy. Trees can succumb to deadly parasites and dead trees act as kindling that can turn wildfires into catastrophic megafires.
See for Yourself
Get out in nature and experience a landscape adapting to drought where you live. Check out TNC's Mount Hamilton project in San Jose and if you want to take a trip north, explore the Marin Headlands, which we helped protect in 1972. Check out the Places We Protect in California.
EARLIER THIS YEAR
Cities Month | July 2021
Webinar | State of Cities | July 28th
Join TNC’s CA Cities Director, Laura Crane on a virtual walk through the natural infrastructure that runs through our cities. Learn how her team is working to integrate nature into development, and help our state transition to a zero-carbon economy. Register Now!
What You Can Do | One Week Car Free
One of the most effective ways to reduce your carbon footprint is to go car free. That's not easy for a lot of people but trying it for a week can show you the spaces in your routine when driving really isn't necessary. Explore other transit options.
What We're Doing | Greenprints
On a typical developers map, nature is often represented as empty space, so it's no surprise when it gets treated that way when new developments are planned. See how we're making blueprints into greenprints.
Ocean Month | June 2021
Webinar | State of the Ocean | June 30th
Discover our ocean through the eyes of TNC’s scientists and policy makers working right here in California to restore vital kelp forests, reduce ocean plastic and build a sustainable future for our fisheries. Register Now!
What You Can Do | Trash Audit
The first step to eliminating plastic in your life is knowing what you’re using. Dig into your plastic use with a trash audit! (It’s not as gross as it sounds!) Empty your trash can onto a tarp and assess the contents. What can you replace with reusable items?
What We're Doing | Ocean Recovery
From recovering California's kelp forests to bringing our fisheries back from the brink of collapse, we’re showing that it’s possible and practical to restore ocean ecosystems. We work the people closest to the water to make a difference. Check out our ocean recovery efforts.
Land Month | May 2021
Webinar | State of the Sierra | May 26
Nature is our solution to humanity’s biggest challenges, and nowhere is that clearer than in the work we are doing in the Sierra Nevada. Join our experts for a tour of this critical landscape that serves as the lungs and kidneys of California. We’ll talk about what we are doing to curb megafires, restore habitat for the California spotted owl and scale our solutions to meet the challenges of climate change. Register Now!
What You Can Do | Land Acknowledgement
We are a small part of the history of our home lands, and it's important to acknowledge the Indigenous Peoples who were the land's original stewards. Learn about the current tribal experience by visiting the websites of Tribes in your community. Start this process by exploring the Native Lands searchable map and developing your own Land Acknowledgement.
What We're Doing | Prescribed Fire
Prescribed fire is a critical tool for maintaining healthy forests and reducing the risk of catastrophic megafires. Right now, TNC is conducting prescribed burns in the Northern Sierra to help protect our forests. Experience a prescribed burn.
Earth Month | April 2021
Join us on April 21st for the Determining Decade Summit with Jane Goodall. Discussions will range from climate policy with former gov. Jerry Brown and legendary organizer Dolores Huerta to conservation science with TNC experts. Register Now!
What You Can Do | Calculate Your Carbon Emissions
The first step to reducing your carbon emissions is knowing how much you're actually producing. What's your carbon footprint? Use our interactive calculator to find out—and take action. Find Out Your Carbon Footprint!
What We're Doing | Natural Climate Solutions
At TNC we know that nature is the solution to humanity's biggest problems. We protect and restore the ecosystems that nature has adapted to store carbon over millions of years, and advance climate policies that tackle the problem at scale. See the big picture.
Climate-ready Land Protection
Science shows that we have less than a decade to head off the most devastating effects of climate change. Take the pledge to start your climate journey and become a part of a global movement and a community of conservation.