Representatives from The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut visited Washington, D.C., this fall to discuss policies and priorities with legislators and aides for TNC’s annual Advocacy Day.
Their day on Capitol Hill highlighted the importance of various pieces of legislation that have already been implemented or have been proposed, including the Farm Bill, Recovering Americas Wildlife Act, and Reinvesting in the Shoreline Economies and Ecosystems Act, among others.
Trustees and staff members traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with Connecticut’s delegation and give a voice to nature.
Trustees Ama Amoah, Laura di Bonaventura, Jeremy Frost, Phil Livingston, Karen Mehra and John Pritchard, as well as Former Trustee Marie-France Kern, attended Advocacy Day, along with CT State Director and Interim Northeast Division Director Dr. Frogard Ryan, Director of External Affairs Nathan Frohling and Climate and Energy Policy Manager Cary Lynch.
The group was pleased to meet with teams for Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, Congresswoman Jahana Hayes, Congressman Jim Himes, Senator Richard Blumenthal, Senator Chris Murphy, Congressman Joe Courtney, and Congressman John Larson, and thanked them for advancing proposals that prioritize the environment.
TNC in CT is in support of bills that will elevate conservation and address the biodiversity crisis, as well as those that accelerate the pace and scale of renewable energy while protecting Connecticut’s numerous coastal communities.
The contingent also advocated for policies benefiting Long Island Sound and the Connecticut River, and continued conversations on climate change and ways to mitigate its effects—especially after a year that’s seen wildfire smoke, flooding, intense rain, and extreme heat spread across our state.
TNC in CT looks forward to continued work with federal lawmakers to address the climate change and biodiversity crises affecting people and communities in our state.
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 more than 70 countries and territories, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.