Roaring Brook culvert.
A view of Roaring Brook culvert. © Erika Bailey/TNC

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Speak Up for Nature in New York

This could be another historic year for people and nature, and we need your help to deliver more victories for New Yorkers.

Last year, New York made history by passing the strongest climate bill in the United States. It was an exciting year, and The Nature Conservancy was proud to partner with others to secure that major policy victory, along with several others, including enacting congesting pricing for New York City, a ban on single-use plastic bags and ensuring the $300 million Environmental Protection Fund would continue to be devoted to projects that ensure clean water, conserve open space, build local parks and protect wildlife habitat.

2020 could be another historic year for people and nature, but we need your help to deliver more victories for New Yorkers!

This year, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to protect New York’s clean water and natural areas, while helping communities prepare for climate change. If placed on the ballot and passed by voters in November’s general election, New York’s Environmental Bond Act will:

  • Preserve natural resources, wildlife habitat and clean water
  • Provide important funding to upgrade transportation infrastructure 
  • Protect New Yorkers from flooding, rising seas and extreme heat

The first step is for the State Senate and Assembly to introduce and pass legislation authorizing a Bond Act to be placed on the November ballot. We need your help to get the Bond Act on the ballot this year! When elected officials hear from their constituents, they listen. Our children and grandchildren are counting on us to protect the resources they will depend on in the future, and we can’t afford to miss this opportunity. 

Will you send a note to your state legislators or post a tweet supporting New York’s Environmental Bond Act?

The other big opportunity we have this year is to secure a 5th year of record funding -- $300 million – for the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF). The EPF safeguards what we love most about New York:

  • Clean air and water
  • Neighborhood parks
  • Local farms and forests 
  • Good paying jobs in industries like forestry, tourism and outdoor recreation

Unfortunately, these funds could get diverted due to a bad proposal that would raid the EPF and shift funds away from community projects to pay for state agency operating costs. We need your help to protect the EPF!

Will you send a note to your state legislators or post a tweet supporting the $300 million Environmental Protection Fund and opposing the raid?

We are deeply grateful for your ongoing support of our policy work. Thank you for helping us secure nation-leading victories for people and nature in New York year after year!