Healthy environments support healthy wildlife. Twenty-first century threats to our environment—including diseases, pollution, climate inequity, and a warming climate—threaten wildlife and people alike touching every facet of our lives. The National Wildlife Federation unites Americans addressing these critical challenges and in protecting our wildlife and their habitats. By doing so, we're not just helping our wildlife to flourish—we're helping people live healthier lives, too.
As our nation's population continues to grow, our environment faces increasing strain. The National Wildlife Federation is fighting for more assertive policies to address modern threats, climate inequity that directly affects those not seen, heard and under-resourced, and restoring healthy wildlife populations. Action ranges from curbing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing carbon sequestration, to protecting at-risk human and wildlife populations from toxic chemicals, contaminants, and non-native invaders. We’re also seeking innovative ways to solve current problems and prevent new threats from emerging.
Climate change is exacerbating many of the environment issues we currently face. It poses a significant long-term threat that demands our collective action to prevent its root causes and cope with its impacts.
Pollution from harmful greenhouse gas emissions, most notably carbon dioxide, is the leading cause of climate change. The National Wildlife Federation’s vital efforts include the reduction of greenhouse gas pollution through wildlife-friendly clean energy policies and projects, as well as reducing deforestation both nationally and internationally. Beyond our borders, we promote sustainable production methods through the development of market-based solutions and strategies for important agricultural commodities such as palm oil, soy, and biomaterials.
In addition to deforestation, burning fossil fuels contributes significantly to greenhouse gas emissions. The National Wildlife Federation addresses this issue by reducing the reliance on fossil fuels and advocating for renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power. In addition to preventative measures, the National Wildlife Federation is a leader in "climate-smart conservation," looking ahead and integrating new challenges created by climate change into our conservation efforts.
While the effects of climate change are indiscriminate, the impacts that it has caused and will cause affect communities disproportionately and amplify existing systemic inequities for low-income communities, minority groups, people with disabilities, women and children. These communities have also been largely unseen, unheard, and under-resourced in climate change and public health decision-making opportunities.
The Climate Equity Collaborative™ is a public-private partnership that seeks to disrupt this pattern by engaging with stakeholders at all levels, enhancing climate career readiness, and promoting data-driven solutions to create more on-ramps and opportunities for at-risk communities to participate in the global climate conversation and decision-making.
Climate Equity Collaborative™
The Climate Equity Collaborative™ (CEC) is a public-private-partnership that engages nontraditional partners in climate innovation and climate action.
Tackling Climate Change
Climate change is the greatest existing threat to American wildlife, wild places, and communities around the country.
Climate Change and Communities
Communities are already feeling the effects of a changing climate. We're helping vulnerable communities to confront these challenges.
Climate Policy Recommendations
Learn more about the actions—primarily at the federal level—that we must take in order to confront the growing threat of climate change.
To ensure that wildlife can continue to thrive in a warmer world, we need to make conservation "climate-smart."
Advocating for Renewable Energy
To reduce climate change pollution produced by our current dependence on fossil fuels, renewable energy is our only economic long-term option.
Decreasing Fossil Fuel Reliance
Not only does our dependence on fossil fuels contribute to climate change—it also causes health problems, destroys our wild places, and releases toxins into our communities.
Reducing Greenhouse Gas Pollution
We focus on three key areas to reduce U.S. carbon pollution and ensure a stable climate for wildlife and future generations.
A new storymap connects the dots between extreme weather and climate change and illustrates the harm these disasters inflict on communities and wildlife.Learn More
Take the Clean Earth Challenge and help make the planet a happier, healthier place.Learn More
Promoting more-inclusive outdoor experiences for allRead More
A groundbreaking bipartisan bill aims to address the looming wildlife crisis before it's too late, while creating sorely needed jobs.Read More
More than one-third of U.S. fish and wildlife species are at risk of extinction in the coming decades. We're on the ground in seven regions across the country, collaborating with 52 state and territory affiliates to reverse the crisis and ensure wildlife thrive.