Americans are seeing longer and more intense fire seasons, severe droughts throughout the West, increased glacier melt in the Arctic and rising sea levels that consume our coastal wetlands. Not only do these extreme weather events jeopardize natural resources and the economy, they also greatly harm our public lands and the wildlife that call them home.
The Wilderness Society is committed to supporting policies that reduce carbon emissions, transitioning American to clean energy, and supporting large landscapes that help nature cope in the face of climate change.
Keeping wildlands intact and resilient
America’s public lands play a crucial but underappreciated role in addressing the causes and consequences of climate change.
The Wilderness Society is working to ensure that wildlands contribute to the effort to combat climate change. From pioneering climate adaptation tools, to identifying crucial climate refuges where species can retreat to when their habitat is lost, to building innovative climate monitoring techniques, our scientists and policy advisers are working nationwide on diverse approaches that will keep America’s wildlands resilient in the face of a warming climate.
We are engaged in climate projects across the country, including Alaska, the Crown of the Continent, Heart of the Northern Forest, Southern Blue Ridge and the Sierra Nevadas.
Transitioning to clean energy
Renewable energy is helping our nation to decrease the amount of harmful emissions that contribute to climate change. Wind and solar technology will play an important role in moving our energy future away from oil, gas and coal.
But while these clean energy sources will help us stop a warming climate, America's wildlands can suffer when energy is developed in sensitive places.
In order to protect our public lands from the harmful consequences of any energy development, The Wilderness Society is focused on identifying more suitable lands for clean energy development to occur without leaving a large environmental footprint.
We are seeking new public policies that guide energy projects to prescreened areas where conflicts with ecological and environmental resources are low, while advocating for protections for sensitive areas to put them off-limits to threatening energy development.
In addition, we work with other energy experts to help guide energy policies that incentivize investment in clean technologies or create markets for renewable energy.
Stories about our work on climate change:
Comments from The Wilderness Society, Natural Resources Defense Council, and others submitted to the Bureau of Land Management regarding proposed rules for leasing land for wind and solar energy projects on federal lands.
The 114th Congress faces a multitude of environmental challenges. The Wilderness Society is working the halls of power to make sure that America's wild places are part of the legislative agenda, and to make sure that lawmakers and staff are hearing both sides of the issues.
The Wilderness Society submitted official comments on the draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation plan that was proposed early in the fall of 2014. The comment period allowed for broad public participation in determining the future of balancing conservation and recreation with renewable energy development.
The following is an excerpt from our comments submitted on February 22, 2015. The full comment document is available for download.