Protecting Nature So We Can Preserve Life
From coral reefs to deserts, we work to protect the lands and waters that plants and animals need to survive—for us and for future generations.
Learn more about where we work, and see how we’re protecting nature to preserve life.
Freshwater ecosystems—including rivers and lakes—provide us with drinking water, food, energy, transportation—even joy. But a staggering amount of fresh water is wasted or spoiled every day, and experts warn that in the next 20 years, half of the world’s population could face water shortages. There are practical solutions to freshwater conservation—solutions that ensure we meet our current needs and conserve this precious resource for future generations—but we must take bold action now.
The ocean contains 99 percent of the planet’s living space and supports nearly 50 percent of all species on Earth. Marine ecosystems provide us with medicine, food, oxygen and more, but our oceans and coasts are imperiled by human activity. We are working towards protecting oceans and coasts and keeping them healthy now and for future generations.
Forests give us shade and shelter, refuge and refreshment, food and water. But the world’s forests today are at risk for widespread degradation and deforestation—thanks in large part to invasive species, a decrease in natural fire and poor forest management. We are advancing innovative and sustainable forest management solutions for the benefit of both people and nature.
Grasslands—which boast rich plant diversity and awe-inspiring wildlife—are under siege. Half of their original range has been lost to development and over-use—which means less area for grassland-specific species like lizards and foxes to roam. But seemingly unlikely partnerships—like those with ranchers—are shining light on a way to save the biodiversity of these regions: what is good for livestock seems to be good for biodiversity, as well.
Deserts are among the harshest habitats on Earth. And while it may seem to be hospitable to nothing, look a little closer: the desert is teeming with life. The hardiest and most adaptable of species are often found in desert habitats, but even they need protection from threats such as encroaching development and invasive species. We’re working on a variety of solutions to ensure this habitat—and its species—are around for future generations.