Climate Initiative

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

Climate change is by far the biggest threat to the birds that we love. That’s why Audubon works for solutions to counteract the effects of climate change and achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. This means not only dramatically reducing carbon emissions, but offsetting what we cannot eliminate, for instance by maintaining healthy forests or supporting sustainable agricultural practices.

Audubon's Federal Campaign

Audubon works with federal decision makers both in the nation’s capital and at home in their backyards to achieve common sense solutions to climate change. We engage with our 1.8 million members and the 45 million Americans who consider themselves bird lovers to make complex environmental impacts tangible.

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Baltimore Oriole, a species vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Shari McCollough/Audubon Photography Awards

Audubon's State and Local Campaigns

Audubon members, staff, and volunteers descend on the Washington state capitol to speak with their local representatives on Environmental Lobby Day in January of 2019. Luke Franke/Audubon

Audubon is local everywhere. With leadership in 18 state and regional offices, and with chapters and members in all 50 states, Audubon has the presence and a committed membership to react to our changing climate in communities across the country. Our national staff works with our local offices and partners to find solutions that make sense for each region where we work, and that resonate on a wider level to help create lasting protections for birds and the places they need nationwide.

Read more about Audubon's state and local climate policies

Audubon's Renewables Policy

Thanks to major advances in technology, renewable energy has become increasingly more affordable and obtainable for both businesses and individual homes. That’s good news for people and birds, since adopting renewable energy is critical to reducing pollution, lowering global temperatures, and preserving the places that birds need to survive. That’s why Audubon strongly supports renewable energy – including solar, wind, and geothermal power – that is properly sited in ways that avoid, minimize, and mitigate negative impacts on birds and other wildlife. We also advocate that Congress and wildlife agencies should ensure strong enforcement of laws that protect birds and wildlife, like the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. 

Black-necked Stilts. Anton Sorokin/Alamy

Audubon's Climate Science

From community science observations to in-depth research from our staff scientists, Audubon applies its cutting-edge science in conservation, mitigation, and adaptation efforts across the United States and into Central and South America, where many of America’s climate-sensitive birds spend their winters.

Audubon's Climate News

 An aerial view, looking straight down, of bleached white cedars that are dead from flooding.
Climate

How New Jersey Plans to Relocate Flooded ‘Ghost Forests’ Inland

A $20 million cedar restoration project in the state’s Pine Barrens shows how people can help vanishing habitats outpace sea-level rise.

Greening The Grid

This Little-Known Electricity Agency Could Give Renewable Energy the Push It Needs

State public utility commissions have the power to reduce carbon emissions and address climate change. Some have already begun.

Climate

As Historic Climate Legislation is Celebrated, Opportunities and Challenges Lie Ahead

The passage of the Inflation Reduction Act was celebrated at a White House ceremony, but the fight for an equitable solution to the climate crisis continues.

An aerial view of a hurricane as seen from space.
Climate

How Bird Researchers Are Tracking the Impacts of Intensifying Hurricane Seasons

As climate change fuels stronger storms, scientists are using emerging technology and crowdsourcing data to understand their avian toll.

Climate

The Inflation Reduction Act is a Big Deal. Here’s What it Means for Birds (And You)

We parse out the key provisions of this historic climate legislation.

Climate Initiative National Leadership

Garry George

Garry George

Director, Clean Energy Initiative, National Audubon Society

Elizabeth Gray

Elizabeth Gray

Chief Executive Officer and Ex Officio Board Director

Lisa Hardaway

Lisa Hardaway

Interim Chief Network and Communications Officer; Vice President, Communications

Andrew Mills

Andrew Mills

Vice President, Political Affairs

Gary Moody

Gary Moody

Director, State and Local Climate Strategy

Sarah Rose

Sarah Rose

Vice President of Climate

Robyn Shepherd

Robyn Shepherd

Communications Director, Advocacy

Jesse Walls

Jesse Walls

Senior Director, Government Affairs

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