Protecting our wild places – and preparing them for the unavoidable effects of climate change has many benefits that aren’t readily apparent at first glance. One of those benefits – the jobs that adapting our landscapes for a changing climate create – was the topic of discussion at a panel at the Good Jobs, Green Jobs conference, recently held in Washington DC. Listen to a few experts on restoration and adaptation talk about the importance of our wild places to a healthy environment and a healthy economy.
We are advocates for the land. At the heart of the work we do is the land ethic, which defines a set of principles in how humans should relate to the land:Our work is steeped in science and infused with a passion that has lasted for generations, just as the work that we do must last for generations. Since 1935, we have helped protect more than 105 million acres of America's wildest places.Our goal is to ensure that future generations will enjoy, as we do today, the clean air and water, wildlife, beauty and opportunities for recreation and renewal that pristine forests, rivers, deserts and mountains provide."A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise." - Aldo Leopold