Chicago Wilderness Climate Action Plan for Nature

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Chicago Wilderness Climate Action Plan for Nature

Post by edfrank » Fri Jun 25, 2010 3:03 pm

Chicago Wilderness Climate Action Plan for Nature

http://www.nature.org/wherewework/north ... 28398.html
[Bob Mosley] He served as the lead author of the recently released Chicago Wilderness Climate Action Plan for Nature [1.27MB PDF], a document laying the groundwork for the preservation of the region’s natural areas. In May 2010, Bob was an invited participant in the National Climate Adaptation Summit in Washington D.C. where he provided insight into what is needed for effective adaptation to climate change.
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http://chicagowilderness.org/pdf/CAPN_B ... .21.10.pdf
Residents of the Chicago Wilderness region are fortunate to have access to more
than 370,000 acres of open space and natural areas that have been preserved as
part of our growing metropolis. These natural areas offer many benefits, including
opportunities for outdoor recreation, learning and discovery, and spiritual renewal.
Healthy ecosystems also provide clean air and water, reduce pollution, help control
flooding, and provide habitat for native wildlife.

But the land, water and wildlife that provide us with so much face serious threats.
The health of our natural areas is in decline due to invasive species, uncontrolled
development, and pollution. Climate change is intensifying the impacts of these
threats and adding further stress to local ecosystems.

To improve the health of regional natural areas and make them more resilient to
changes in our climate, Chicago Wilderness has created the Climate Action Plan
for Nature. The actions outlined here were identified with the understanding that
protecting our natural areas is imperative to protecting our quality of life in the
face of climate change.
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"I love science and it pains me to think that so many are terrified of the subject or feel that choosing science means you cannot also choose compassion, or the arts, or be awe by nature. Science is not meant to cure us of mystery, but to reinvent and revigorate it." by Robert M. Sapolsky

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