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:
The Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act (S. 1407/H.R. 2663) was introduced in the 114th Congress with strong bi-partisan support in both the House and Senate. This common sense legislation promotes the responsible production of renewable energy on public lands while ensuring communities and local conservation efforts see benefits from development.
Download our full fact sheet on the bill.
The Wilderness Society and Natural Resources Defense Council testimony for the record
Dear Chairman Murkowski & Ranking Member Cantwell,
In advance of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on energy accountability and reform legislation we would like to submit for your hearing record our views on S. 1407 the Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act of 2015. We thank you for your leadership and encourage you to consider and include this bi-partisan legislation in a comprehensive energy package.
2014 Annual Report