Why We Care
Climate change amplifies existing risks to our natural resources by forcing plants and animals to adapt rapidly to a changing environment. Many species will struggle to keep up with the rate of ecosystem change without continually evolving habitat conservation.
We Can Address Climate Change
Despite the challenges, we currently have the capacity to protect the natural resources of Massachusetts for future generations of people and wildlife. Mass Audubon is working toward that goal, and there is much much we can do as individuals and communities to keep our beautiful lands and wildlife healthy.
The Core Challenge
As humans rapidly develop the Massachusetts landscape, Mass Audubon is working with state officials and other organizations to protect important areas for wildlife and environmental health. But climate change is rapidly altering environmental conditions, and many of the areas that currently support essential ecosystems may be unable to support plants and wildlife of the future.
What we need are habitats that both support ecological diversity and remain resilient to climate change. Addressing climate change has therefore become critical to environmental conservation. You can learn more about Mass Audubon’s efforts to identify areas that are critical for conservation in the face of climate change by reading our Losing Ground report.
Effects on Massachusetts
The climate is changing and greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere from human activity are the primary cause. Warming temperatures are driving other changes in our environment—impacting our health, the nature we love, and the natural resources on which we depend.
Temperatures are rising. Precipitation is changing. Our strongest storms have become more intense and more frequent, and along with rising seas, we’ll see more flooding. Learn More >
Oceans & Sea Levels
Sea levels are rising as the oceans warm, ice melts and water expands. Sea levels have already risen about a foot and could rise several more feet by the end of the century. Learn More >
From allergies and asthma to extreme heat and damaging storms to more encounters with ticks, climate change is exposing us to greater risk. Learn More >
Effects on one part of an ecosystem affect other parts over time, and climate change is already altering many natural habitats vital to New England. Learn More >
Birds are sensitive to changes in their environment and are already responding to climate change. While each species will respond very differently, there are patterns in how birds will be affected. Learn More >
The birds, pollinators, land mammals, and marine mammals in Massachusetts have already started feeling the effects of climate change on their habitats and life cycles. Learn More >
Mass Audubon is Addressing Climate Change
Despite these difficult challenges, we currently have the capacity to protect the natural resources of Massachusetts for future generations of people and wildlife. Toward that goal, Mass Audubon is leading by example and integrating climate change into our mission through Conservation, Education, and Advocacy.