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Fight Climate Change

Why Fighting Climate Change Matters

The world desperately needs immediate, decisive action to respond to the climate crisis. Climate change threatens every aspect of Mass Audubon’s mission: the wildlife we protect, the land we steward, the biodiversity we treasure, and the communities we serve.

What We're Doing to Fight Climate Change

As the state’s largest conservation organization—one that engages hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors annually—we have an opportunity, and an obligation, to harness these voices to advocate passionately on behalf of nature.

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Leading By Example

Mass Audubon has reduced its annual carbon footprint by almost 50% since 2003 and we're sharing what we've learned.

2019 Youth Climate Strike in front of MA State House

Climate and Nature Champions

Join a grassroots network of like-minded individuals who align with and advocate for Mass Audubon’s policy goals.

Students speaking at Arcadia's Youth Climate Summit © Phil Doyle

Youth Climate Leadership Program

A youth-led, action-oriented climate change program that builds climate literacy, meaningful and hopeful connections, and equitable community climate solutions.

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Climate Resilient Communities

Mass Audubon works with partners to develop resources and programs, which help communities make land use decisions that take into account nature-based climate solutions.

Sunrise over marsh © Mark Goulding
© Mark Goulding

Policy & Advocacy Priorities

Mass Audubon focuses on policy that bolsters the natural environment, benefitting people and wildlife.

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Featured Content

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    Stressed About Climate? Here's How to Cope

    For many of us who care deeply about the health of our planet, we're experiencing climate anxiety or climate grief.

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    Storm damage at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox

    Extreme Weather Linked to Climate Change Hits Home

    When staff arrived for work at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Lenox on the morning of July 28, 2021, a 40-foot spruce lay across the sanctuary entrance, its upper branches poking through a broken window of the office building.

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    Boston skyline © Yu-Jen Shih/Flickr CC

    Summer in the City: The Problem of Urban Heat Islands

    Have you ever noticed that summer in the city can get pretty hot—hotter even than the surrounding suburbs and more rural areas?

  • Salt marsh at Rough Meadows copyright Alan Ward
    Rough Meadows © Alan Ward

    Resilient Lands

    Resilient landscapes are large, connected landscapes that provide healthy, diverse habitats and migratory corridors for wildlife; clean air, clean water, recreation, and health benefits for people; and adaptation to climate change for wildlife and people.

  • State house in the background with a sign that says, "Mass Audubon, Science: It's in our Nature"

    A Momentous Week in Climate History

    Alongside the federal Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) being signed into law, on Beacon Hill, our teams have been working on a number of climate-related policies, including the Economic Development Bill, a State Climate Bill, and the Public Lands Preservation Act. 

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    How to Talk to Children About Climate Change

    Talking about climate change empowers us to generate hope and commitment for a brighter future.

  • A Monarch butterfly rests amid goldenrod at Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary.

    Wachusett Meadow, Princeton, MA © Mathew Boisvert

    Biodiversity Loss & Climate Change: Twin Challenges Defining Our Future

    The impacts of climate change and the loss of the planet's rich biological diversity are becoming all too evident.

  • Portrait of Stephanie Kane outdoors wearing a Mass Audubon hat
    Stephanie Kane

    In Your Words: Stephanie Kane

    As an individual, I had taken steps to reduce my own environmental impact. However, I wanted to do more, because we need to do more.

  • A hawk perches on a rooftop solar panel, with tree branches in the background

    Growing Solar, Protecting Nature

    Mass Audubon teamed up with Harvard Forest to analyze how Massachusetts can build all the solar energy we need while protecting the nature that we have.

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    A Greener Way to Heat Your Home

    For decades, many homes relied on nonrenewable energy sources for heat, like coal and fossil fuels, or inefficient electrical systems. With recent technological advances, electric heat pumps have evolved to be an effective and affordable way to green your winter warm-up.  

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    Planting trees to restore floodplain forest

    Planting a Forest with the Climate in Mind

    More than 50 volunteers turned out in the last days of October 2020 to help restore a floodplain forest at Arcadia. Now, a second round of funding will expand the restoration effort to an additional 5 acres.

  • Ollie Perrault stands in the middle of a basketball court with a blue shirt and patterned jeans while waving and smiling at the camera. Standing next to her is Governor-elect Maura Healey smiling in a black blazer and black pants.
    Ollie Perrault with Governor-elect Maura Healey © Boston Celtics

    Ollie Perrault: A Hero Among Us

    15-year-old Mass Audubon Youth Climate Leader, Ollie Perrault, was given the Heroes Among Us Award by Governor-elect Maura Healey.

  • Buds, Leaves, and Global Warming

    The Buds, Leaves, and Global Warming community science project studies the effects of climate change on the trees at our wildlife sanctuaries.

Our Impact

Thanks to our members, supporters, and partners, we're making incredible progress to adapting to and mitigating the effects of climate change.

  • 60

    Legislators lobbied by our Policy & Advocacy team for nature-based climate solutions

  • 1,336

    Students around the state that participated in a Youth Climate Summit this year

  • 3,000

    Emails from Mass Audubon constituents to legislators or state officials demanding action on climate change

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Take Action

We need your curiosity, commitment, and passion to ensure that our lands become more resilient, that more people than ever experience the magic of nature, and that we fight climate change—now and in the future.

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