Volunteers install a rain and pollinator garden at a Chicago Public School.
Volunteers with plants. Volunteers install a rain and pollinator garden at a Chicago Public School. © Sandy Bressner


Illinois Chapter Launches Our World Fundraising Campaign

Chicago, IL

The impacts of climate on both people and nature in Illinois are clear. We’ve sweated through unbearable heat, struggled with flooded fields and basements and loss of critical landscapes that serve as habitat for wildlife and biodiversity.

The Nature Conservancy, which has a 60-year track record of preserving and protecting nature in the Prairie State, this week launches the public phase of its ambitious $110 million campaign as the state chapter continues to be an engineer and partner in the quest to refine nature-based solutions to help answer some of the most vexing environmental challenges.

“The work of TNC’s scientists, volunteers and partners is more critical today than it has ever been,” said Michelle Carr, Illinois State director. “There are numerous threats to our water, our land and our food supply.  But there is hope—our science shows that nature itself is often the solution to many of the challenges we are facing, therefore we need to invest in protecting the world that protects us.”

The Nature Conservancy officially began its Our World campaign in 2015 with a goal of raising $7 billion to address the most pressing conservation issues for nature and people worldwide: land, water, cities and climate. The Illinois chapter is working to raise $10 million—the remainder of its contribution to the global campaignby the end of the public phase and the organization’s fiscal year, June 30, 2020.

“TNC in Illinois has done amazing work in the fight to protect our natural world,” said Ted Haffner, TNC Illinois board chair. “The science is clear—our window for implementing solutions is rapidly closing. By 2050 there will be some 9 billion people demanding food, water and energy -- with about one third living in urban settings. We need to devote resources to solutions that will allow people and nature to thrive. The challenges we face can’t wait another five years—we have to take action now.”

 “We must work collaboratively statewide, regionally and nationally to create resilient cities, share tools for sustainable farms and support policies and partnerships that allow us to move toward a low-carbon future,” Carr added. “And we want every Illinoisan to know they are part of a global solution that starts here in the Prairie State.”

Visit nature.org/OurWorldIL to learn more about the campaign and how you can help.

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 72 countries and territories: 38 by direct conservation impact and 34 through partners, 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.