NWF played a vital role during the past year helping Americans understand the impact of climate change in their communities and homes by focusing attention on the regional effects of climate change and by telling the story of how global warming threatens various sectors of society. To accomplish this goal, we released one major report on global warming or energy every month, and thousands of radio, print, and TV stories carried our findings to millions of individuals. Impacted communities, including African Americans, sportsmen, Native Americans, veterans, students, and evangelical Christians, joined NWF in a movement calling on Washington to take action on climate change, break the country's oil and coal dependence, and rebuild our economy on a strong foundation of clean renewable energy.
During the year, NWF became the go-to organization for enabling the work of local and regional groups and individuals advocating for a clean energy future. At the national level, NWF organized 15 fly-ins, bringing over 325 community leaders to meet with over 370 policymakers in Washington, DC, while mobilizing over 190,000 supporters to write letters to the editor, submit op-eds, and participate in community forums to raise awareness at the local level. Although Congress failed to pass legislation to reduce global warming pollution, our efforts helped to secure a new and stronger foundation of concerned citizens who are working to protect wildlife and confront climate change. This base of support helped NWF launch a new front in the fight against global warming pollution when we began organizing to fight new dirty fossil fuels, such as tar sands. Americans are responding by saying "no" to a new tar sands pipeline from Canada. As a direct result of the programs and projects described below, many more Americans who care about wildlife, children, and nature are speaking up and taking action in increasingly effective ways.
Through our work to promote climate change awareness and communicate the need for clean energy in the future, NWF accomplished the following:
NWF produced Growing a Green Energy Future, a primer and vision for sustainable biomass energy. This report was used to engage farmers and foresters in workshops and consensus-building forums to help them better understand the principles of sustainability that will improve both the climate and the wildlife benefits of biomass energy.
NWF President Larry Schweiger wrote a book entitled Last Chance: Preserving Life on Earth to explain the complicated science behind global warming and describe how a clean energy economy can provide the solutions needed to avert the worst consequences of global warming. This book also offers a practical plan of action for American to help reduce the problem.
We created a robust series of reports that focus on climate change and extreme weather events, renewable energy opportunities, dirty fuels, wastewater infrastructure, invasive species, and health threats from fossil fuel pollution.
We published Generation E: Students Leading for a Sustainable Clean Energy Future, which highlights 35 ways that students are creating a sustainable future at U.S. colleges and universities by cutting carbon emissions, saving resources, and equipping the coming generation for a green energy economy.
We co-hosted a green expo in Seattle that featured clean energy technologies and associated workforce training programs based on the growing need for clean energy and environmental protection.
Through our work to raise climate change awareness among a diverse spectrum of constituents, NWF accomplished the following:
NWF managed a series of 'fly-in' gatherings in Washington, DC that allowed leaders from a variety of diverse constituencies to learn about climate change, meet with federal decision-makers, and develop shared principles on climate policy. The groups represented at these events included, college campuses, sportsmen and women, tribes, faith communities, underserved communities, and land trusts.
NWF held a regional "fair climate' summit in New Mexico in June 2010 to bring together Hispanic and tribal leaders to learn about opportunities for investing in local clean energy projects. The event provided a forum for over 60 diverse leaders from throughout the region to identify needs and strategies for advancing equitable solutions to climate change and for ensuring that a newly trained green workforce is met with an equal number of new job opportunities.
NWF engaged over 65 tribal leaders and staff from the Montana/Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council and the Great Plains Tribal Chairmanseries of federal climate policy briefings. The briefings centered on conveying what is at stake for tribes in the federal climate debate and how to become effective advocates for the issues of greatest concern.
To engage hunters and anglers in our climate education efforts, NWF organized a series of "telephone town hall meetings." The largest meeting attracted 13,000 callers and featured opening remarks from former Senator John Warner, Ted Roosevelt IV, and other influential leaders on the impacts global warming has on wildlife and the need for climate legislation.
We partnered with the Hip Hop Caucus on a national bus tour that visited Historically Black Colleges and Universities in over a dozen cities that brought community leaders and youth advocates together to demand action on climate issues.
In collaboration with the Energy Action Coalition, NWF hosted a series of regional Powershift conferences to build support among U.S. campus leaders for the Senate climate legislation and for positive action in Copenhagen.
NWF partnered with national tribal groups to hold a press conference highlighting climate change as a key issue facing Indian tribes and Alaska natives as a compliment to the Obama AdministrationWhite House Tribal Nations Conference.
Through our work to secure stronger policies to mitigate green house gas pollution both domestically and internationally, NWF accomplished the following:
NWF helped prevent the passage of a Senate resolution to strip the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate carbon emissions through the Clean Air Act. This victory will allow the EPA to reduce the pollution that harms public health and threatens the environment while holding the largest polluters accountable for their actions.
We collaborated with 25 organizations to issue a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calling for the suspension of a proposed tar sands pipeline known as Keystone XL. The letter denounced the process because the full scope of the pipelinemental and social impacts, including greenhouse gas emissions, has not been properly considered. From this letter, NWF has gone on to launch a nationwide program to stop dirty fuels, especially environmentally destructive tar sand crude oil.
A delegation of NWF staff experts played an active role in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Changein Copenhagen, Denmark. NWF represented the views of our members and supporters and advocated for international solutions to the climate change crisis. Our efforts helped secure a new international and domestic commitment to protect tropical forests.
We released the fourth annual garden furniture scorecard, a consumerfrom well-managed tropical forests. This work is particularly important to NWF's Forests for Wildlife program since the ongoing deforestation of tropical forests contributes an estimated one-fourth of global greenhouse gas emissions and sacrifices their critical role in carbon sequestration.
NWF played a key role in securing a new leather traceability requirement for the international Leather Working Group's latest environmental standard for Brazilian tanneries and educated major clothing brands and leather producers about the connection between livestock and tropical deforestation.