Climate Initiative

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

Audubon’s own science shows that 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

Climate

Warmer Oceans Raise the ‘Divorce’ Rate Among Typically Loyal Albatross Pairs

A new study of Black-browed Albatrosses provides a reminder that climate change can affect birds in unexpected ways.

Climate

What Just Happened in Glasgow at the U.N. Climate Summit?

Now there's slim hope we'll limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius, a long-held target to prevent catastrophe for people and birds.

Renewable Energy

National Audubon Society Sues California County to Improve Bird Protections in Controversial Wind Energy Project

“Altamont Pass has been a black eye on the entire wind industry since its construction.”

Climate

LevelTen Energy, The Nature Conservancy, and The National Audubon Society Advocate for a Sustainable and Equitable Energy Transition with Launch of New Impact Principles

New jointly-written white paper provides principles and framework for buying and developing renewable energy projects with positive impacts on local communities, conservation efforts, and the climate.

Climate

Another Reason to Stop Global Warming: Save Millions from Air Pollution

A new study underscores the scale of disease and death industrialized societies have accepted in exchange for fossil fuel energy.

Climate Initiative National Leadership

Garry George

Garry George

Director, Clean Energy Initiative, National Audubon Society

Elizabeth Gray

Elizabeth Gray

Chief Executive Officer

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

Michael Obeiter

Michael Obeiter

Senior Director, Federal Climate Strategy

Robyn Shepherd

Robyn Shepherd

Communications Director, Advocacy

Jesse Walls

Jesse Walls

Senior Director, Government Affairs

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