at Nachusa Grasslands in Illinois.
Misty dawn at Nachusa Grasslands in Illinois. © Charles Larry

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The Nature Conservancy gives nod to Gov. Pritzker’s plans for Illinois to join U.S. Climate Alliance

Chicago, IL

The Nature Conservancy in Illinois applauds newly-elected Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker for his effort to immediately address the ongoing and urgent threat of climate change by signing Executive Order 2019-06 today committing Illinois to uphold the goals of the Paris Climate Accords.

During Pritzker’s swearing in last week, he said, “I believe in science. To that end, as one of my first acts as Governor, Illinois will become a member of the U.S. Climate Alliance, upholding the goals and ideals of the Paris Climate Accord.”

Illinois will join 17 other states, including California, North Carolina, New York and Minnesota, in the Alliance which seeks to uphold the Paris Agreement at the state level. The Nature Conservancy, a global organization, has prioritized this issue, putting resources to its climate mitigation and adaptation efforts, such as reforestation, improving working lands and providing education to help communities build resilience.

“We have our work cut out for us, but Gov. Pritzker’s enrollment of our state in the Climate Alliance sends a very important message to those who live, lead and represent this state,” said Michelle Carr, Illinois director of The Nature Conservancy. “Impacts of climate touch down in every corner of the state and its economy – flooding, droughts, soil and water quality and crop production. I’m sure I speak for many members of the conservation community statewide when I say that Gov. Pritzker’s dedication and focus on the science and research of climate will help us protect our state’s nature and people.”

The Conservancy collaborates with a wide range of entities to develop and implement climate mitigation solutions including: The Chicago Park District; Midwest Row Crop Collaborative; Metropolitan Water Reclamation District; Calumet Collaborative and a host of other state and local government entities, NGOs, and faith groups.

“We look forward to sharing our 60 years of land management, research, agriculture supply chain and corporate relationships to support the Pritzker administration’s goals in providing a sustainable state that is safe for residents and attractive to businesses,” Carr said. “Add to that our national and global resources and staff who are always on hand to give us support and analysis pertaining to this often complex but very important issue. Taking our place in the Climate Alliance is certainly a strong start and complements efforts of the hundreds of thousands of environmental stewards in Illinois.”

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