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Energy and Environment
We work to protect our lands, waters, ocean, and wildlife to address the linked climate and biodiversity crises. This work helps to ensure that all people can access and benefit from nature and that conservation and climate investments build a resilient, just, and inclusive economy.
“30×30” is a science-backed goal to address the linked climate and biodiversity crises by conserving 30 percent of U.S. lands, waters, and oceans by 2030. We work with a diverse coalition to achieve on-the-ground protections that benefit nature, the climate, and communities.
Despite the climate crisis, the oil and gas lobby continues to push for more drilling on public lands and waters. We advocate for energy policy reform and a just transition so that the land, water, and ocean shared by all communities can be used for the common good.
People of color and low-income communities disproportionately lack access to nature and bear the impacts of its destruction. We work with front-line communities to advocate for policies that right historical wrongs and affirm Indigenous leadership and tribal sovereignty.
We cannot stabilize the climate without increasing protections for nature. One of the most effective strategies for mitigating climate change is to protect and restore more land and water. We work toward policies that connect climate action and nature-based solutions.
The Conservation Policy team works to protect our lands, waters, ocean, and wildlife to address the linked climate and biodiversity crises, boost the economy, and benefit all.
Senior Director, Conservation
Senior Fellow, Energy and Environment
Director, Public Lands
Sep 20, 2023
Drew McConville, Sam Zeno
Sep 19, 2023
Mariel Lutz, Jenny Rowland-Shea
Jul 20, 2023
Margaret Cooney, Angelo Villagomez, Ala Al Sadi, 2 More
Hai-Lam Phan, Toni Pandolfo
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New analysis illustrates how the Bureau of Land Management’s proposed Public Lands Rule and related conservation actions can help bridge the nature gap for underserved communities and meet surging demand for parks and outdoor recreation.
Oil and gas companies have been cheating the leasing and drilling system for years, but the Biden administration has the tools to hold them accountable.
Defensores de la coalición America the Beautiful for All comparten que es lo que se motivan a luchar para conservación en sus comunidades.
Advocates from the America the Beautiful for All Coalition share what motives them to fight for conservation in their communities.
During National Ocean Month, the Center for American Progress and our partners advocated for equitable, just ocean policies that center historically marginalized communities.
Jul 13, 2023
Mariel Lutz, Kat So, Angelo Villagomez
“Under the Pala Pala” is a video series that brings together Indigenous ocean advocates to discuss front-line conservation efforts across the United States.
Jul 11, 2023
Margaret Cooney, Angelo Villagomez, Hai-Lam Phan, 3 More
Ala Al Sadi, Charlie Schuyler, Toni Pandolfo
Drew McConville explains how a new conservation law in Vermont could make the state a leader in the national and global effort to combat the loss of nature and biodiversity.
Jun 26, 2023
Building a new clean energy economy will require mining for minerals used in renewable energy technologies, creating a mining boom that policymakers should leverage by helping affected communities build resilient and equitable economies.
Jun 22, 2023
Mark Haggerty, Jackson Rose, Toni Ruth
The Biden administration has proposed a new rule requiring America’s largest manager of public lands—the Bureau of Land Management—to improve how it conserves nature for current and future generations.
Jun 14, 2023
Drew McConville, Kara Matsumoto
The Thompson Divide hosts more than 110,000 acres of some of Colorado’s most high-quality, undeveloped, and valuable habitat for wildlife, making it worthy of a 20-year withdrawal from oil and gas leasing.
Jun 13, 2023
Sharon Ferguson, Jenny Rowland-Shea
Front-line advocates with the America the Beautiful for All Coalition lay out what conservation action they’d like President Biden to take.
Jun 8, 2023
Front-line advocates with the America the Beautiful for All Coalition explain what “just conservation” means to them.
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