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TNC Action Memo - Fall 2021

No matter where you live, your health and well-being are directly connected to the health of the nature around you. The planet we call home is facing a climate & biodiversity crisis, and the narrow window to act is closing fast.

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) knows this calls for some of the biggest, most ambitious plans ever, and we cannot do it alone. With this Action Memo, TNC seeks to give you access to the information you need to learn more and inspire meaningful action for our planet. 

Every like, share, and tweet have an impact. We thank you for your support!

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2021 UN Climate Change Conference (Nov. 1-12)

Every day, headlines around the world highlight the effects a changing climate has on communities, businesses, lives, livelihoods, and biodiversity. Rightly so, people are asking, “what can we do?”

TNC is committed to answering that question through a myriad of innovative solutions, ranging from a dramatic transformation of our economy, to motivating governments & leaders around the world to commit to emission reductions and removal of harmful subsidies.

Ready to inspire action? 

Here are 5 points talent can share to help support this urgent agenda:

  1. COP26 –or the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of Parties –may be the most important event of 2021. Held from November 1 –12 in Glasgow, Scotland, the actions taken there will have significant potential to shape the world we’ll experience by 2050, and the quality of life for billions of people and species who call Earth home. 
  2. COP26 is a significant moment where representatives from more than 190 countries will join forces with civil society, companies & people on the frontline of climate change to inspire ambitious climate action. This is THE largest global gathering on the climate emergency since the Paris Agreement was signed at COP21 in 2015.
  3. This historic Paris Agreement set out ambitious goals for addressing the climate crisis–COP26 is THE time when countries are expected to reaffirm their commitment by ‘ratcheting-up’ the speed and scale of their emissions cuts. 
  4. In its role as COP26 President, the UK has outlined 3 major goals: 1) reduce emissions, 2) strengthen adaptation & resilience to climate impacts, and 3) scale-up finance & support for this work. These goals should aim to protect & restore nature, follow the best available science and empower inclusive action!
  5. The time to act for our planet is now! Together, we can find a way to a climate neutral, nature positive future. Visit www.nature.org/cop26 to learn more about TNC’s work to secure a sustainable future & how YOU can help!
A Natural Solution to Climate Change Want to fight climate change? Then we need to phase out fossil fuels as soon as possible—and work more with nature. In fact, protecting and restoring nature could provide 1/3 of the greenhouse gas reductions we need to keep the climate in safe boundaries.

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Food for Good

There may be no stronger relationship between us and nature than the food on our plates and the water in our glasses. At this time of year, full of potlucks and holiday feasts, there are many opportunities to think about how much nature really gives us.

Supporting every grape and lentil is a whole world of soil-enriching microbes, pollinating insects, water-filtering plants that depend on each other. And all of them are threatened by climate change. So, we must start producing food in ways that actively restore the health of our planet, an idea known as regenerative food systems.

A Food System to Heal the Planet Food is essential for our bodies, our economies and our communities—but the way we produce food right now isn’t always good for the planet. Feeding people doesn’t have to come at nature’s expense. Regenerative food systems actively restore nature while ensuring we’re able to feed future generations.

Help raise awareness this holiday season of the role nature plays in getting food to plate:

  • Share our explainer video on Sustainable Food Systems (here + above)
  • Check out our video demo of a delicious family recipe from TNC Senior Scientist for Agriculture and Food Systems, Mike Wironen, and enjoy the fruits—and veggies and grains—of nature (below)
Kisir: A Family Recipe Check out this video demo of a delicious family recipe from TNC Senior Scientist for Agriculture and Food Systems, Mike Wironen, and enjoy the fruits (and veggies and grains) of nature.

To Make Kisir:

  1. Prepare bulgar and cook until tender
  2. Mix cooked bulgar wheat, chopped scallions (set the rooted ends aside*), chopped cucumbers, chopped tomatoes, chopped parsley, and lemon juice
  3. Drizzle in olive oil
  4. Mix tomato paste and biber salcasi (pepper paste) together in a small bowl
  5. Mix this paste mixture with the bulgar wheat mixture
  6. Drizzle in nar eksisi (pomegranate molasses)
  7. Add red chili flakes
  8. Add sumac powder
  9. Add salt
  10. * Bonus: you can put the root ends of scallions in a small cup with about an inch of water. Change the water every few days and they will sprout again in about 2 weeks.
You may notice that there are no set amounts of ingredients. This family recipe suggests that the cooks taste the food being made at each step, in order to build a balance of flavors tailored to their personal preference. There's no better way to get in touch with your food than to get to experience their flavors firsthand.

Gift a Tree Is Back for the Holidays!

The Plant a Billion Trees campaign is once again asking nature-lovers everywhere to give back to nature and their own special “one in a billion” this holiday season by giving a gift that will help combat climate change & sustain our planet for years to come – trees!

Interested in learning how you can support this impactful project? Contact me Lauren@EnfieldRoad.com for more details!

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About The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 70+ countries and territories, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org and check us out on social media:
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