The Decade to Deliver

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Government investments in climate action and conservation are at an all-time high. We need to keep that momentum going.

Polychrome Pass What we do between now and 2030 will determine whether we avoid the worst impacts of climate change and protect our land, waters, and species. © KC Sandidge/TNC Photo Contest 2019

Over the past several years, we’ve seen historic policy advances that show how far we’ve come in making conservation and climate action central and urgent policy issues in the United States.

In just the past few years, Congress has passed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA). Together, these bills provide hundreds of billions of dollars in investments and tax incentives to protect people and the planet. The funding is already being used to accelerate clean energy, increase community resilience and support on-the-ground conservation efforts.

But the actions we take in this decade will significantly influence our ability to slow species and habitat loss and put us firmly on a path to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, the level scientists agree will avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

To achieve these goals, Congress must preserve and build on recently enacted legislation to ensure the full return on these investments.  


Climate and Conservation Policies for the Win

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    The IIJA provides billions for over 100 new climate, energy and environmental projects including conservation and natural infrastructure work

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    Billions from the IRA will go towards increasing clean energy and climate investments and tax incentives over the next 10 years

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    The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) provides over $2B a year to help conserve our natural areas and support public lands maintenance

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Underwater exploration The IIJA is supporting TNC restoration projects in St. Croix where we're restoring 90 acres of corals. St. Croix has five species of coral that are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act © Jeff Yonover
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Setting Fish Traps The IIJA is also funding a TNC project rebuilding shoreline habitat along Lake Erie in Ohio © Ariana Lindquist
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CRABBING Tia Clark runs “Casual Crabbing with Tia" © Joy Brown
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Reeling In commercial fishing in Sandusky Bay on Lake Eric © TNC
Person on dock in blue shirt holding blue crab.
CRABBING Tia Clark runs “Casual Crabbing with Tia" © Joy Brown


Protecting Coasts and Culture

South Carolinian Tia Clark is bringing national attention to the state's coastline through her business "Casual Crabbing with Tia". Federal Investments through legislation including the IIJA are helping ensure these pristine coastlines are protected for years to come.

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Reeling In commercial fishing in Sandusky Bay on Lake Eric © TNC


Restoring Sandusky Bay for Fish and People

John Buehler's commercial fishing business has endured increasingly severe and frequent storms and toxic algae blooms in recent years that have impacted his ability to operate on Lake Erie. Now, new federal funding from the IIJA is boosting TNC efforts to restore Sandusky Bay's habitats and fisheries to its former glory.

With the twin challenges of climate change and species loss, now is the time to do more, not less. These investments by Congress have put solutions within reach. 

What Happens Now? Our Call to Action

The Nature Conservancy urges Congress to:

  1. Protect these vital programs and incentives from potential cuts, rollbacks or reprogramming
  2. Expand and support these policies through the budget process and in other legislation, such as the Farm Bill, historically one of the most potent conservation tools.

To unlock the full potential of these policies, Congress should also identify opportunities for reforming the energy permitting process and addressing institutional barriers that have prevented communities from accessing conservation and climate programs in the past. 

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Jack's Solar Garden Federal legislation like the IRA is boosting clean energy investments, and groups like Jack's Solar Garden in Longmont, Colorado are highlighting the benefits of co-locating solar panels with agriculture, known as agrivoltaics. © Joanna Kulesza/TNC