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President's Message

When we save wildlife, we save ourselves.





More than ever, our deep connections to nature bind us together.

This is why it’s critical we respond to the accelerating wildlife crisis that affects us all, from restoring imperiled pollinators that sustain the foods we eat, to heeding early warnings (canary in the coal mine) about the air we breathe, water we drink, and our public health.

The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the close link between our health and wildlife — and highlighted the need for wildlife protections that prevent zoonotic diseases from wreaking havoc in the future.

In the midst of the global health and climate crises, we’re helping families and caregivers provide meaningful educational opportunities and safe outdoor experiences for children, including free Ranger Rick digital content, Eco-Schools curricula, and Garden for Wildlife resources.

And faced with the disproportionate impacts of the pandemic, exacerbated by ongoing environmental injustices, on Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities, we have redoubled our efforts to dismantle systemic racism. We are still early in this journey, but we are taking steps to continue evolving into a truly inclusive and anti-racist conservation organization.

Thanks to your investment, the National Wildlife Federation and our 53 affiliates have achieved incredible bipartisan victories for wildlife and people — including the historic Great American Outdoors Act — and laying the foundation for a green economic recovery that employs millions of youth in restoration and resilience jobs through a 21st century Civilian Conservation Corps.

Please join me in celebrating our shared victories as we continue our mission to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world. We’re all in this together and we’ll be with you every step of the way.

 

Collin O’Mara
President and CEO,
National Wildlife Federation