PEOPLE, PUBLIC LANDS, AND CLIMATE COLLABORATIVE


PUBLIC LANDS, WHERE WE BELONG

PEOPLE, PUBLIC LANDS, AND CLIMATE COLLABORATIVE


PUBLIC LANDS, WHERE WE BELONG

WHO WE ARE

The People, Public Lands, and Climate Collaborative is an informal network of U.S.-based NGOs who believe in the importance of a climate plan for public lands.

what we do

Public lands are for everyone. They are essential for fostering resilient, healthy communities and economies.

The Collaborative’s common goal is to ensure public lands are part of a just and equitable climate change mitigation and adaptation solution.

COMMUNITIES

PROMOTE SUSTAINABILITY, RESILIENCY, AND HEALTH FOR COMMUNITIES AND ECONOMIES.
  • Bolster a public lands economy that balances the benefit and impact on people, the planet, and profit.
  • Foster a new generation of public lands stewardship.
  • Engage communities most impacted by climate change and pollution in decision-making about public lands.
  • Support justice-driven transitions for communities moving away from fossil fuel economies.

ECOSYSTEMS

Protect, connect,
and restore
critical landscapes.
  • Create a well-designed and connected system of protected lands and waters, wildlife corridors, and working lands to sustain biological diversity and increase sequestration potential.
  • Manage landscapes for public health and community resilience.
  • Support and fund sustainable land management practices and stewardship programs.

EMISSIONS

Reduce emissions
from energy
produced on public lands.
  • Significantly reduce emissions of both greenhouse gases and criteria and toxic air pollutants from fossil fuel production on public lands and offshore waters.
  • Responsibly permit renewable energy on public lands and waters.

COMMUNITIES

PROMOTE SUSTAINABILITY, RESILIENCY, AND HEALTH FOR COMMUNITIES AND ECONOMIES.
  • Bolster a public lands economy that balances the benefit and impact on people, the planet, and profit.
  • Foster a new generation of public lands stewardship.
  • Engage communities most impacted by climate change and pollution in decision-making about public lands.
  • Support justice-driven transitions for communities moving away from fossil fuel economies.

ECOSYSTEMS

Protect, connect,
and restore
critical landscapes.
  • Create a well-designed and connected system of protected lands and waters, wildlife corridors, and working lands to sustain biological diversity and increase sequestration potential.
  • Manage landscapes for public health and community resilience.
  • Support and fund sustainable land management practices and stewardship programs.

EMISSIONS

Reduce emissions
from energy
produced on public lands.
  • Significantly reduce emissions of both greenhouse gases and criteria and toxic air pollutants from fossil fuel production on public lands and offshore waters.
  • Responsibly permit renewable energy on public lands and waters.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

We are experiencing a climate crisis that threatens public health, clean air and water, access to public spaces and recreational areas, indigenous culture and history, natural biodiversity, and our food systems.

The Collaborative is entering this area of activism with deep roots in intersectionality. We acknowledge that public lands have often been restricted to use and management by individuals and entities with racial, economic, and geographic privilege. We are committed to our common goals of inspiring voices, fortifying sustainable economies, honoring and preserving culture and heritage, and encouraging stewardship of the Earth.

The climate crisis continues to have devastating impacts on our communities, economies, and ecosystems. All climate solutions for public lands must consider emissions and impacts on communities, economies, and wildlife. We must take bold action now.

500

million people visit
public LANDS EACH YEAR

$80

BILLION IN TAX REVENUE
GENERATED BY PUBLIC LANDS

74%

OF COMMUNITIES OF COLOR IN THE U.S.
LIVE IN NATURE-DEPRIVED AREAS

24%

OF TOTAL U.S. EMISSIONS COMES FROM
OIL, GAS AND COAL ON PUBLIC LANDS

500

million people visit
public LANDS EACH YEAR

$80

BILLION IN TAX REVENUE
GENERATED BY PUBLIC LANDS

24%

OF TOTAL U.S. EMISSIONS COMES FROM
OIL, GAS AND COAL ON PUBLIC LANDS

74%

OF COMMUNITIES OF COLOR IN THE U.S.
LIVE IN NATURE-DEPRIVED AREAS

ANNUAL PUBLIC LANDS AND GLOBAL EMISSIONS

IF U.S. PUBLIC LANDS WERE A COUNTRY, ITS EMISSIONS WOULD RANK 5TH IN THE WORLD.

SUPPORT A PEOPLE-CENTERED PLAN TO TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE.

The climate crisis is one of the most universal environmental and social justice issues of our generation. And with a global health pandemic that has magnified the interdependence of healthy ecosystems and human life, the evidence is clear that we need a pathway to zero emissions.

The People, Public Lands, and Climate Collaborative is calling for a pathway to zero emissions that prioritizes people, communities and economies while reducing the disproportionate burdens faced by Indigenous, Black, people of color, and frontline communities. But we need your help to make sure it passes.

SUPPORT A PEOPLE-CENTERED PLAN TO TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE.

The climate crisis is one of the most universal environmental and social justice issues of our generation. And with a global health pandemic that has magnified the interdependence of healthy ecosystems and human life, the evidence is clear that we need a pathway to zero emissions.

The People, Public Lands, and Climate Collaborative is calling for a pathway to zero emissions that prioritizes people, communities and economies while reducing the disproportionate burdens faced by Indigenous, Black, people of color, and frontline communities. But we need your help to make sure it passes.

OUR MEMBERS

Peoples Lands. People’s Stories.

“Throughout our history, racism, exclusion, oppression and injustice have traditionally shaped the operations of the way we’ve done things and that includes public land management or how we think about climate change on public lands.”

Angel Peña, GreenLatinos


“We still have time to reduce emissions. Certainly the clock is ticking, but the outdoor sports community prides itself in taking on incredible feats and we’re willing to do that when it comes to climate work, too.”

Lindsay Bourgoine, Protect our Winters


“We can’t think of climate solutions or public lands without people. When we think about people, we have to think about how this country is built and how our communities are built.”

Beatriz Soto, Wilderness Workshop


YOUR VOICE WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE

If you’re interested in becoming a member of the Collaborative, please fill out the adjacent form.

YOUR VOICE WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE

If you’re interested in becoming a member of the Collaborative, please fill out the adjacent form.