Stories in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota

Our Changing Climate

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

Two hikers walking in a prairie toward the setting sun
Hikers on a Prairie Hikers in the prairie after a thunderstorm near Strawberry Lake, North Dakota. © Richard Hamilton Smith

Climate Change is Here...

It's already having an enormous impact on our region'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 of our waterways. We must act now to preserve nature and protect our quality of life.

Protected grasslands at the Bluebell Ranch
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?

 pine seedlings ready to be planted
SOIL HEALTH Soils host a quarter of our planet’s biodiversity. © Courtesy of USDA NRCS

what the science says

Nature Can Provide 30% of Climate Solutions

Our Approach

  • 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.

  • 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 climate adaptation both for biodiversity and the 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 working to engage people like you to speak up in support of nature-based solutions to the climate crisis. Use your voice!

Grazing Cattle A rancher trails cattle on Matador Ranch in Montana. Increasingly, cattle are being used to create the specific kinds of grassland habitats needed by sage grouse and other native wildlife. © 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.

Want to Dig Deeper?

  • Solutions for Minnesota

    Nature and Climate Solutions for Minnesota

    Dig into the science of natural climate solutions and explore nature-based strategies for Minnesota.

  • Carbon Sustainability Playbook

    A roadmap for small and medium enterprises ready for climate action.