Time is running out
Nature is being destroyed in the U.S. at an alarming rate. Between 2001 and 2011, natural areas in the West, including forests, wetlands, deserts, and grasslands, disappeared at the rate of one football field every 2.5 minutes. Loss of nature is a threat to the U.S. and world’s health and prosperity – affecting our clean air and water, and limiting our defenses against severe weather, floods, and wildfires. National and global efforts to conserve large amounts of land and water are necessary to fight climate change.
Because public lands comprise about a third of the land and water base in the U.S. and Colorado, they are integral to our efforts to fight climate change. Federally protected public lands safeguard species resiliency in a warming climate, mitigate harmful greenhouse gas emissions, and support healthy ecosystems that provide clean air and water. Preserving public lands must be a core strategy in achieving the ambitious, but necessary goal of saving nature to fight climate change locally, nationally, and worldwide.