Nature is a part of you.
It’s the air you breathe, the water you drink, the soil that grows your food. And our futures are entwined with nature’s. Our planet faces tough challenges but, together, we have the power to create a healthier future for nature and for ourselves.
Some ways we're helping nature so nature can take care of us:
Dropping some shade on the cities we love
Urban heat already disproportionately affects communities of color. In Phoenix, AZ, where 110-degree days could double by 2060, the problem could get worse. Through a first-of-its-kind program, we're helping Phoenix residents reclaim their neighborhoods' cool. Through the Urban Heat Leadership Academy, residents learn how to best advocate for cooler, walkable corridors and more shade cover. With the right trees in the right places, we can all make Phoenix cooler, greener and healthier.
A fair, forested and flourishing future for NYC
The New York City urban forest includes more than 7 million trees and the people who care for them. The trees enhance quality of life and improve health for New Yorkers, but these benefits don't reach everyone equally. We're working to ensure that this urban forest thrives into the future and provides its benefits in a just and equitable way. Our Future Forest NYC initiative is activating a diverse group of leaders and partners to collaborate to better protect, maintain and grow the urban forest so that its benefits are accessible for everyone.
A smart swap so a river won't stop
Desert rivers are special. The Verde River, one of the last in Arizona to run year-round, has run dry at times in recent years. To keep the Verde flowing, we helped switch farmers from corn to barley. Why barley? It uses half as much water as corn. And while corn needs water in summer as the river is drying up, barley needs it in spring when the water is plentiful. By working with nature, the river keeps flowing, and some of that barley even becomes local beer.
How we grow food can heal the planet
We've got to eat, right? Of course! But our food production has altered our planet more than any other human activity; there's got to be a better way. Fortunately, there are many. We can grow food in ways that are not only sustainable, but actually regenerate the land and planet. By working with nature and making space for the wisdom of Black, Indigenous and other communities of color, we can make farms and fisheries more productive while protecting clean drinking water, protecting wildlife habitat, and fighting climate change.
More trees = easier to breathe
We breathe 22,000 times every day, so what we breathe in matters. Trees benefit our air by filtering pollution and reducing temperatures. These leafy friends of ours can make a big impact in cities. Right now, The Nature Conservancy and partners are testing how effective urban trees are at cleaning the air and improving public health in Louisville, KY. We've already planted thousands of trees in neighborhoods that need them!
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