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Fight Climate Change

Climate change threatens every aspect of Mass Audubon’s mission: the land we steward, the plants and animals we treasure, and the communities we serve. Conservation organizations like Mass Audubon must take immediate action to support a future in which people and wildlife can thrive. At Mass Audubon, we're utilizing the values of nature to inspire and empower the people of Massachusetts to take action.

Why Fighting Climate Change Matters

The science is clear: our planet is changing rapidly, and it threatens the stability of our habitats and ecosystems. We're witnessing extreme weather, shifting animal migrations, more species at risk of extinction, and more.

As an environmental organization fueled by a shared love and appreciation for nature, we understand the stakes are high. To protect the lands, wildlife, and communities we care for, we must prioritize the impacts of climate change in our work.

What We're Doing to Fight Climate Change

Mass Audubon is one of the leading environmental nonprofit organizations specializing in nature-based climate solutions. Nature-based climate solutions use the power of nature to:

  • Reduce flooding and extreme heat
  • Limit the release of more greenhouse gases
  • Store carbon naturally

By supporting nature-based solutions, we can address climate change while continuing our long-standing mission to protect air, water, and wildlife habitat.

We’re also helping advance our goals at the grassroots level. Mass Audubon empowers the people of Massachusetts to advocate for policies that protect nature and fight climate change. By sharing our research and resources, we can make a larger impact together.

Mass Audubon sign at March for Science Boston

Advocating for Change

Our policy priorities focus on strengthening the natural environment, benefiting people and wildlife.

2019 Youth Climate Strike in front of MA State House

Climate and Nature Champions

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

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

Youth Climate Leadership Program

This youth-led, action-oriented program educates young people on equitable climate solutions and how to implement them.

Planned community designed with green, sustainable LID techniques

Strengthening Communities

Incorporate nature-based climate solutions by utilizing Mass Audubon’s Climate Resilient Communities tools and resources.

Long grass next to a channel of water.
Rough Meadows sanctuary © Alan B Ward

Fostering Resilient Lands

Resilient landscapes are large, connected lands that provide unique, long-term benefits for people and planet. 

Electric vehicle (EV) charging station at a Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuary

Leading By Example

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

Our Impact

Thanks to our members, supporters, and partners, we're making incredible progress in adapting to and reducing 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 annually

  • 3,000

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

Expanding Our Impact

Mass Audubon plans to fully comply with overarching Massachusetts carbon emission goals. In addition, we’re mobilizing our members by training adults, college students, and youth to become champions for climate and conservations policies. Let’s work together to advance policies that fight climate change through nature-based solutions, for today and for future generations. 

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

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