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The Nature Conservancy’s Statement on U.S. Elections

Nature Conservancy. CEO Jennifer Morris
Jennifer Morris Chief Executive Officer for The Nature Conservancy © Alex Snyder/TNC

The following is a statement from The Nature Conservancy’s CEO Jennifer Morris regarding the U.S. elections:

“Americans voted in record-setting numbers this election, speaking up for the issues that matter most to them. Among those issues is the climate emergency. People want to see bold action to address the climate emergency, the future of the planet demands it, and we’ll soon have more elected leaders who have promised it. We should seize this moment as an opportunity to act on climate change, invest in nature, and pursue equity in our policies and processes.”

“We look forward to working with President-elect Biden and his administration as well as a new Congress.

“We recognize the serious divisions among Americans that were reflected in this election. Striving to find some common ground is critical if we are to achieve progress. The Nature Conservancy has been – and will continue to be – a champion for conservation and environmental issues that matter to all Americans and citizens around the world. For decades, we’ve worked with stakeholders from every political persuasion to protect nature and address food sustainability, water security, and the climate emergency.

“The United States faces many challenges. The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic downturn and job losses, racial and ethnic inequality and the effects of climate change are top of mind for many Americans.

“While the list of things we need to address is long, and some differences are deep, we’re heartened that many people agree we must do more. We have the opportunity to enact real, scalable, lasting solutions that support equitable outcomes for all communities. We saw this support reflected at the local and state levels with the passage of ballot measures in seven states to fund open spaces and clean water, reduce emissions and increase renewable energy, and work toward environmental justice.

The Nature Conservancy has been – and will continue to be – a champion for conservation and environmental issues that matter to all Americans and citizens around the world.

CEO, The Nature Conservancy

“Even in challenging times, there are solutions that are both doable and durable that can reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions, increase the use of renewable energy, and promote natural climate solutions such as the conservation, restoration and management of forests, grasslands and wetlands. These solutions help our economy and make communities safer while ensuring a cleaner, healthier future for us all.

“Similarly, increased investments in land and water conservation or restoration projects through economic stimulus actions create jobs while providing cleaner water, more access to outdoor recreation opportunities and improved wildlife habitat. And, increasing the use of natural infrastructure, such as reefs, dunes and marshes, is a cost-effective way to help reduce risks from natural disasters while providing many other benefits.

“We’re eager to find common ground on policies like these that are good for us all.”

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 79 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 or follow @nature_press on Twitter.