From oceans to forests, nature plays an essential role in the well-being and livelihoods of all species.
The Nature program addresses the importance of preserving and restoring the Earth’s ecosystems and biodiversity. It aims to build a deeper connection between humans and nature and examine our role in building a better natural world for the future.
Here are some resources to help you learn more:
Humans have long intuited that being in nature is good for the mind and body. From indigenous adolescents completing rites of passage in the wild, to modern East Asian cultures taking “forest baths,” many have looked to nature as a place for healing and personal growth. Science suggests we may seek out nature not only for our physical survival, but because it’s good for our social and personal well-being.
"Access to nature provides measurable physical and psychological benefits—or, as the American Psychological Association puts it: “green is good for you.” Green space can play a particularly important role in urban areas, where it can help mitigate the effects of climate change. Unfortunately, the history of racial discrimination in the United States has created substantial disparities in access to nature for communities of color and economically disadvantage communities. California's legislature is poised to take action to reduce these disparities and ensure access to nature for all its citizens by enacting AB3030 and establishing a state policy and goal to protect 30% of nature in the State."
"Romantic notions of life in the countryside have no home here; it was a hard life and a short one—you were fortunate to reach 60. But this respect for the land and its richness never left me, even though I never knew the land itself."
Though news headlines about the state of the planet may seem bleak, they don’t always capture the whole story. Right now, around the world, the work of protecting nature and the climate is happening in the field — and achieving small triumphs that don’t make the news.
This article features three recent conservation success stories you should know about.
"Spending time outdoors provides essential lessons about how we relate to the natural world, how we depend upon it for our health and welfare, and the responsibility we all share for protecting it. Many of the leaders working so hard to make that opportunity available to everyone attribute their passion for conservation and advocacy to their own childhood experiences with nature."
With their traditional culture now threatened by oil extraction and climate change, two Gwich'in women are continuing a decades-long fight to protect their land and future. The Arctic Refuge is home to lands and wildlife vital for the subsistence way of life of Alaska Native communities; and it serves a vital role as a remaining link with the unspoiled natural world and a source of hope for future generations, even for those who may never set foot there.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Surfrider Foundation. Join the Surfrider Foundation's network and help tackle the issues that face our ocean, waves and beaches.
Each year thousands of TNC volunteers plant, pull, guide, count, collect, monitor and otherwise help keep nature healthy and wild.
About Conservation International
For over thirty years, Conservation International has worked to spotlight and secure the critical benefits that nature provides to humanity. Combining fieldwork with innovations in science, policy and finance, we’ve helped protect more than 6 million square kilometers (2.3 million square miles) of land and sea across more than 70 countries.
This year for Climate Week NYC, the follow key leaders will be speaking on nature:
- M. Sanjayan, Ph.D., CEO, Conservation International
- Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility
- Neil Vora, Pandemic Prevention Fellow
- Daniela Raik, Ph.D., Executive Vice President, Field Programs, Conservation International
- Schannel van djiken – Marine Program Director, Conservation International
- Mark Carney, COP26 Finance Adviser to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and UN Special Envoy for Climate Action, CI Arnhold Distinguished Fellow
- Iván Duque Márque, President, Republic of Colombia