Two hikers walking in a prairie toward the setting sun
Two hikers Hikers enjoy a hike in the prairie during the sweet light after a thunderstorm © Richard Hamilton Smith

Stories in Minnesota

Tackling Our Changing Climate

Adapting, mitigating and speaking up in the face of climate change

Climate Change is Here...

It's already having an enormous impact on Minnesota's waters, lands, wildlife and people. And while far from rising seas, we're still seeing the effects of climate change locally. It's showing up in the form of droughts and dying trees, extreme weather and flooding events, and the compounded effects of both in far too many Minnesota waterways. We must act now to preserve nature and protect our quality of life.

Tallgrass prairie is one of the most threatened, least protected habitat types in the world.
Grasslands One example of Natural Climate Solutions, protected grasslands store massive amounts of carbon in their roots and soils. © Richard Hamilton Smith

Natural Solutions Can Help!

Nature is our first line of defense against many climate impacts. It also provides a cost-effective solution to protecting communities and economies from the impacts of climate change like urban heat, extreme flooding, catastrophic storms and stormwater runoff.

So...what are we waiting for?

SOIL HEALTH Sarah and Benoit Delbecq practice farming techniques that help safeguard soil and water. © Nestlé Purina PetCare Company

what the science says

Nature Can Provide 30% of Climate Solutions

Our Approach

  • in north Minneapolis, organized by The Nature Conservancy and partners

    Natural Climate Solutions

    We have powerful tools at our disposal that can help mitigate the effects of climate change. These Natural climate solutions—conservation, restoration, and improved land management—are tools we can deploy right now in landscapes across the globe. Explore NCS.

  • Volunteers at Ottawa Bluffs Preserve in Minnesota.

    Nature-Based Adaptation

    We’re working hard to ensure our natural and working lands are resilient to climate change. Nature-Based Adaptation refers to nature-based tactics to facilitate adaptation in nature for both biodiversity and people who rely on these systems. Watch the video.

  • People for Climate

    We know that the scale of the problems we're facing requires all hands on deck. That's why we're mobilizing everyday folks like you to speak up in support of nature-based solutions to the climate crisis. Use your voice!

Grazing Cattle GRAZING CATTLE © Ami Vitale

How We Work

People Must Be Part of the Equation

Raise Your Voice, Not Emissions!

The science is clear: climate change is here and it is now. Stand up in support of a sustainable future for all Minnesotans.