Climate Initiative

Audubon taps into people’s love of birds to protect them from climate change.

Photo: Camilla Cerea/Audubon

How Audubon Creates Effective Climate Solutions

State and Local Campaigns

By focusing on local and state-level policies on climate and renewables, we can get critical wins while also spurring appetite for federal climate action.

 

Grassroots Organizing

Because Audubon is local everywhere, we can mobilize people all across the United States to take action on local climate issues.

 

 

Credibility Across the Political Spectrum

Audubon is a centrist organization that focuses on market-based solutions and common-sense climate policies that resonate on both sides of the aisle in Congress.

Clear Renewable Energy Goals

Audubon works with industry to develop properly-sited renewable energy projects to help us move to a clean energy future.

 

Cutting-Edge Climate Science

Audubon uses science to understand the impacts of climate change on birds and the habitats they depend upon.

 

Our Bipartisan Membership

Our membership allows Audubon to create policy opportunities by building trust and relationships on both sides of the aisle. Capitalizing on our bipartisan membership, solutions-oriented approach, and presence in members’ states and districts around the country, Audubon is helping to shape solutions and mobilize the broad support to make them real. The climate crisis will not wait. Building consensus around a range of solutions, including market- and incentive-based policies, will help us accelerate the pace of successful and durable climate policy. We are committed to working with bipartisan leaders, business and centrist institutions.

Audubon's State and Local Campaigns

Audubon is local everywhere. With leadership in 23 states and with chapters and members in all 50 states, Audubon has the presence and a committed membership to advance climate solutions in communities across the country. We are leading grassroots campaigns in six states (both red and blue) to drive locally relevant solutions that build resilience or reduce carbon emissions. We do that by strengthening public and political support for solutions to address a changing climate. Securing a single victory in a state builds momentum for more, and progress in one place seeds progress in others.       

Audubon's Grassroots Organizing

Audubon is building a network of bipartisan advocates for climate solutions. By engaging with our 1.2 million members, and the more than 45 million Americans who consider themselves birders, we make complex environmental impacts tangible, and national and global issues local. Audubon brings people to climate action through their passion for birds: stewarding a beach to protect nesting shorebirds, planting native gardens that support bird populations, participating in a Christmas Bird Count or taking a bird walk at a local Audubon nature center. Each activity can provide a window into the impacts of a changing climate on the birds we care about.

Our Field Organizers

Audubon's field organizers, active in states with conservative to moderate constituencies, empower communities to take climate action through education, training, and organizational support. 

Photo: Camilla Cerea/Audubon

Audubon's Renewables Policy

Audubon supports reaching 50 percent renewable-power generation by 2030. Building on two decades of collaboration and advocacy for well-sited renewable energy projects, we will work with all stakeholders—energy developers, conservation organizations, local communities, and government agencies—to promote renewable energy policies at the local, state and federal levels, and to advance projects on the ground.

Climate Initiative National Leadership

Claire Douglass

Claire Douglass

Director of National Campaigns

Lisa Hardaway

Lisa Hardaway

Vice President, Communications

Justin Stokes

Justin Stokes

Director of Legislative Affairs

Sarah Greenberger

Sarah Greenberger

Senior Vice President, Conservation Policy

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