This month, The Nature Conservancy in Maine (TNC) launched the capstone phase of a major fundraising campaign focused on climate action in Maine and beyond. The “Join Maine” campaign seeks to raise $130 million in support of TNC Maine’s work with partners on climate initiatives across the state, from forest conservation and river restoration to sustainable ocean management and responsible public policy.
“Our ability to face climate change depends entirely on our ability to join together,” said Kate Dempsey, state director of TNC Maine. “To do that, we can learn a lot from nature — that our differences are our strength, our connections sustain us, and nothing exists alone. It will take all of us working in every sector, in every corner of the state, to have the impact we need to have, and we know that we can do it.”
“In a time of division, this campaign is about the ways we are joining together to tackle the challenges our state, our nation, and our planet face,” said Tom Gorman, chair of the TNC Maine Board of Trustees. “That means joining science and action, joining with innovative partners, joining local and global efforts, and joining natural forces for a more resilient state and a brighter future.”
TNC Maine announced that to date it has raised $53 million in contributions toward a goal of $80 million in private philanthropy. That funding in turn is being used to leverage tens of millions of dollars in public and market-based funding to support collaborative conservation and climate action efforts around the state and beyond.
Here are some examples of the types of partnerships and initiatives the Join Maine campaign is working to support:
Joining Science & Action
Ever since TNC Maine was co-founded by Rachel Carson in 1956, acting boldly based on sound science has been in the organization’s DNA. Our work supporting the rapid deployment of solar and other renewables in a way that considers the impact on the landscape and local communities is one example of this.
Joining New Partners
Climate change is too big for any one person or group to address alone, so working across traditional boundaries is essential. Close working partnerships with fishermen in the Gulf of Maine is one way TNC Maine is building new relationships critical for climate resilience.
Joining Local & Global
By working around the world, TNC is able to apply international insights to our work here in Maine, and to export our own expertise to inform projects around the globe. Learn about how TNC is applying lessons from Maine’s efforts on the Penobscot River to international river restoration efforts.
Joining Natural Forces
The very ecosystems most threatened by climate change offer our most powerful solutions for addressing it. Connecting our lands and waters bolsters nature’s strength and resilience, supporting wildlife and human communities alike. One recent example is the collaborative conservation of Quill Hill to Perham Stream, which extends a critical wildlife corridor and supports local communities.
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.