Trees with yellow leaves surround a lake.
Boreal Forest in Manitoba, Canada © Michael Pietrocarlo


The Nature Conservancy Becomes A Founding Member Of The Climate Leadership Council

Arlington, VA and London, UK

The Nature Conservancy announces today that along with over two dozen corporations, non-profits and distinguished individuals, it will become a Founding Member of the Climate Leadership Council (CLC). The CLC is an international research and advocacy organization whose mission is to convene global opinion leaders around new climate solutions based on carbon pricing and dividends.

“We were pleased to see a distinguished group of leaders across the political spectrum offering a carbon tax proposal drawn from principles that Republicans, businesses, and others have long endorsed. We look forward to working with corporate leaders, colleagues in the non-profit community, and climate and energy leaders to support this initiative to broaden the dialogue about climate solutions. We are hopeful that this proposal will foster a dialogue on the need for climate solutions with stakeholders of every political stripe,” says Mark Tercek, CEO of the Conservancy. “Climate change is already impacting our communities, our economy, and our environment, and those impacts will continue to grow and become worse if we don’t act now. We can’t afford to wait to have these conversations.”

The Nature Conservancy’s own 50-State Climate Strategy embraces a wide range of activity on climate action, and in part focuses on rebuilding the political conversation on climate change. We are pleased to join the other Founding Members in advocating the need for carbon pricing as a solution to address climate change, and in amplifying new voices promoting market-based principles that appeal across the political spectrum. As a Founding Member, we support the enhanced dialogue around carbon pricing without endorsing the specifics of the carbon dividend proposal, including details pertaining to the role of other related regulations. We remain open to how best to design such policies and continue to believe there are a range of options for a price on carbon to reduce emissions. We remain committed to working with a wide array of stakeholders to identify solutions that can garner bipartisan support.

We look forward to working with the Climate Leadership Council and encourage people to engage with them at


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 or follow @nature_press on Twitter.