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What is U.S. Nature4Climate?

U.S. Nature4Climate is a coalition of ten conservation, environmental, and sustainable business organizations dedicated to ensuring our forests, farms, ranches, grasslands and wetlands are an important part of the overall strategy to combat climate change.

Our goal is to create a collaborative platform where conservation organizations, the farm and forestry sectors, and corporations can work together to help ensure that Natural Climate Solutions are fully integrated into broader climate action strategies. 

By working together, we can increase public awareness and acceptance of the numerous economic, health, and environmental benefits provided by Natural Climate Solutions and spotlight the innovative work that is already being done to put our forests, farms, ranches, grasslands and wetlands to work in the fight against climate change. As the U.S. works to address climate change, U.S. Nature4Climate will elevate these nature-based solutions as an integral part of any comprehensive climate action plan.

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Natural Climate Solutions Principles

  • Provide a net gain for both biodiversity and people.

    The world is facing a biodiversity crisis with accelerating rates of extinction. Species are the building blocks of ecosystems that provide a wide range of benefits referred to as ecosystem– goods such as food and fiber and services such as pollination, water filtration, flood control, soil formation as well as climate mitigation. These goods and services are the primary source of wealth for people worldwide. At a time when human populations are facing unprecedented economic challenges, it is critical that investments in Natural Climate Solutions be designed to ensure net gains for both biodiversity and people. When designed with these goals in mind, Natural Climate Solutions improve the health of our natural and working lands, strengthen connections between people and nature, and enhance the well-being of the plants, animals and people they support. 

  • Advance environmental justice, social and economic resilience and sustainability equitably across all communities.

    Climate change is already having disproportionate health and economic impacts on the poor, on racial minorities, on Indigenous Peoples, and on women and girls. Policies and programs to advance Natural Climate Solutions need to recognize the underlying causes of inequality and be designed and executed in ways that ensure a fundamental respect for human rights, enhance social and economic resilience, reduce adverse health impacts and provide economic opportunities for most vulnerable communities and individuals.

  • Driven by the best available science and innovation.

    The climate challenge is critical. It is essential that all of our climate solutions are based on the best available science and innovation. Both public and private funding should be invested in improving Natural Climate Solutions science, enhancing carbon inventories and incentivizing the development of new technologies and techniques.  Taking these steps will maximize our ability to reduce emissions and increase sequestration on our natural and working lands. Policies and programs for advancing Natural Climate Solutions should include robust adaptive management protocols to take full advantage of the best available science and innovation.

  • Designed to be credible and accountable.

    The science has proven the potential of Natural Climate Solutions to play a key role in our overall strategy to address climate change; however, when developing programs to put these solutions into action, it is also necessary to ensure the rules governing them are transparent, with vigorous standards designed to ensure credibility and accountability. The benefits attributed to Natural Climate Solutions must be assessed based on a full life cycle accounting of carbon the consequences of the practices.

  • Propelled by transformative investments and ambitious programs that meet the scale and urgency of the challenge.

    In the U.S. Natural Climate Solutions currently reduce overall U.S. emissions by 11 percent. We have the potential to nearly triple that performance but reaching that goal will require changing how we protect, manage and restore hundreds of millions of acres of natural and working lands in the U.S. In turn, achieving this will require transformational investments that can dramatically increase scale of our actions and policies and programs designed to significantly increase practice adoption and ensure enduring results over time.  This is an all-hands-on-deck effort that will require innovative policies, forward-thinking corporate action and support for the people on the ground who will bring these solutions to life. The good news is that increasing investment in Natural Climate Solutions also creates jobs, provides revenue to landowners, improves the quality of our air and water, and provides new opportunities for people to connect with nature.

Steering Committee Members:

American Forests: Jad Daley, President & CEO

Ceres: Carolyn Ching, Senior Manager, Food and Forests

Hispanic Access Foundation: Shanna Edberg , Director of Conservation Programs

Land Trust Alliance: Kelly Watkinson, Land & Climate Program Manager

The Nature Conservancy: Cathy Macdonald, North America Director, Natural Climate Solutions

Outdoor Industry Association: Amy Horton, Senior Director, Sustainable Business Innovation

Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership: Christy Plumer, Chief Conservation Officer

U.S. Climate Alliance: Jennifer Phillips, Senior Policy Advisor

U.S. Farmers & Ranchers in Action: Erin Fitzgerald, CEO

World Resources Institute: Haley Leslie-Bole, Research Analyst

Nature4Climate: Lucy Almond, Director & Chair

Staff

Nathan Henry, U.S. Nature4Climate Project Manager

Caity Varian, Digital Communications Manager

Frequently Asked Questions

How is U.S. Nature4Climate funded?

Initial funding for the U.S. Nature4Climate was provided by a grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

What is the difference between “Natural Climate Solutions” and “Nature-Based Solutions”?

Nature-Based Solutions are actions that can be taken to protect and manage land and ecosystems that benefit society. Natural Climate Solutions refers specifically to Nature-Based Solutions that help address climate change. Both terms are frequently used when describing these strategies.

Does U.S. Nature4Climate engage in lobbying or endorse candidates?

No. U.S. Nature4Climate is a nonpartisan organization and does not engage in lobbying or electioneering on behalf of political candidates.  U.S. Nature4Climate is dedicated to educating policymakers and organizations about the role Natural Climate Solutions can play in national, state and corporate efforts to mitigate climate change.