States leading the Climate Charge

Last year at this time the only thing outshining Santa’s pending arrival was the hope of a climate Christmas miracle at the UN’s Climate Summit in Copenhagen. Twelve months later it seems all climate fans can wish for this Christmas is a lump of coal, given the inability of Congress and the international community to take long-overdue action on the climate crisis. If there’s a silver lining here, it’s that some states continue to press on at the local level—recognizing climate change is indeed occurring and that now is the time to act.


Yes, climate fans: Oregon and Alaska recently released a pair of climate change adaptation strategies. These strategies are notable for their focus on the need to address climate impacts NOW in order to keep wildlands and communities resilient in a warming work. These plans follow similar initiatives within federal land management agencies and organizations like the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) - resulting in continuing action based on climate science.


As you’ve read here and here, investing in keeping our lands resilient to climate change can create American Jobs on American Lands while protecting the valuable natural services upon which we rely. From scientific monitoring to tackling invasive species to landscape-scale restoration projects, climate adaptation projects can put diverse collections of experts to work today while giving wildlands and communities the best possible chance at surviving inevitable climate effects tomorrow.


To be sure, much work still needs to be done—including dramatically reducing carbon pollution and actually implementing large-scale natural resource adaptation strategies. However, in lieu of the Congressional inaction we need, local leadership is all the more important.

John McCarthy


Sundeep Shah
Sundeep Shah5 years ago


Deanna Murphy
Cindy Murphy5 years ago


Josefina N.
Jo S.5 years ago

Thanks :)

Josefina N.
Jo S.5 years ago

Thanks :)

John C.
Past Member 5 years ago


Sharon R.

Hooray and kudos to those who stepped up to the challenge! My hope is more will follow.

gerlinde p.
gerlinde p.5 years ago

good for them, hope more will follow their examples

David N.
David N.5 years ago

It's great to hear this. Let's keep moving forward.

Erin E.
Erin V5 years ago

It's nice that steps are being taken

Robert O.
Robert O.5 years ago

Good for Oregon and Alaska. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. It's also a good way for Alaska to redeem itself from some of Sarah Palin's bad karma.