Because birds live everywhere, what affects them eventually affects us. And birds are telling us that their survival—and ours—depends on healthy natural spaces and clean air and water to curb the effects of climate change. Scientific studies show that climate change is the biggest threat to birds and people alike, with two-thirds of North American bird species at risk of extinction due to our warming planet.
The recent passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, the most significant climate legislation to become law, represents a major step forward in the effort to achieve U.S. climate goals, but our work isn't done.
If we stand together and act now, we can still protect most vulnerable birds and build healthier, stronger human communities too. We must advocate for a more resilient and inclusive economy with more green jobs, working for cleaner air and stronger communities that protect birds, conserve water, restore wetlands, and reduce emissions. Contact your members of Congress today to demand action on climate change!
I strongly support efforts to protect birds, people, and the places they share from the worst impacts of climate change. Since 1967, North America's bird populations have dropped by nearly 30 percent and climate change is only making this problem worse. An Audubon report found that nearly two-thirds of bird species face the threat of extinction if nothing is done to reduce carbon pollution.
The recent passage of the Inflation Reduction Act is a major step forward toward protecting birds, people, and the places we share from the worst impacts of climate change. The critical progress represented in this legislation does not negate the fact that there is still much more work to do to truly achieve our climate goals in a just and equitable manner.
Please support policies that enhance and protect healthy natural spaces like forests, grasslands, parks, and wetlands. By quickly conserving and restoring natural spaces we can create more of the places that birds need to live, make healthier and more resilient communities for people, and reduce emissions at the same time.
Policies that invest in clean energy sources and new technologies that reduce global warming, with a goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, are essential at this time. These energy sources can be very good for people and birds when they are responsibly sited and designed to avoid harm to wildlife.
Climate change affects everyone, everywhere. But not all communities are affected in the same way. Low-income communities and communities of color bear the burden of poor air quality and increased climate threats. Economic justice and environmental justice must be integral components in all climate policies.
I urge Congress to take strong and swift steps to significantly reduce carbon pollution through durable and inclusive policies.