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Autumn Nature Walk with Baby A mama moose and her baby take a walk through autumn color. San Juan Mountains, autumn 2020. © Deirdre Denali Rosenberg/TNC Photo Contest 2021

Stories in Colorado

2021 Year in Review

Carlos Fernandez
Carlos Fernandez Carlos Fernandez, TNC in Colorado's State Director. © Lauryn Wachs/The Nature Conservancy

Letter From Our State Director Carlos Fernández

Climate change has been ever-present this year as we continue to navigate a pandemic and the new normal that has come with it. From an unprecedented water shortage declaration on the Colorado River to another season of record-breaking wildfires in the West, we are watching the impacts of climate change unfold in real time. 

While it can sometimes seem that there is too much out of our control, the most important thing each one of us can do is to act. If enough of us join in and focus on taking action, we will find hope and solutions. 

Climate change has been ever-present this year as we continue to navigate a pandemic and the new normal that has come with it. From an unprecedented water shortage declaration on the Colorado River to another season of record-breaking wildfires in the West, we are watching the impacts of climate change unfold in real time. 

While it can sometimes seem that there is too much out of our control, the most important thing each one of us can do is to act. If enough of us join in and focus on taking action, we will find hope and solutions. 

As The Nature Conservancy’s Chief Scientist Dr. Katharine Hayhoe wrote in TIME magazine, “In the face of climate change, we must act so that we can feel hopeful—not the other way around.”  

Optimism is what keeps me going every day. And optimism about creating a better world, and a better future for nature and people is what brings together thousands of people around Colorado to support TNC. Thank you for being an important part of this committed group. 

Together, our optimism will make a difference. We are all part of nature, and we need to defend it for its immeasurable value and to protect our own future. 

I remain grateful that you stand with us. I hope as you read this report you will take pride in the accomplishments and the legacy you have helped us achieve in the past 55 years. I also hope you will be inspired by the new and innovative ways we are tackling Colorado’s biggest environmental challenges. 

With your steadfast support, we can be the change that the world needs. Thank you for dreaming big and keeping up your hope in our shared future!

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