This symbiotic approach to conservation and climate work is increasingly resonating with international leaders and unexpected partners in the climate community. And while the world is still a long way from the level of private sector investment and government action needed for natural climate solutions to reach transformational scale, there’s an air of excitement surrounding those who work in this space.
“It’s incredible that to solve this relatively new problem—that seems bigger and uglier than anything we’ve ever tackled—we can also help solve other environmental challenges,” Bronson says. “Biodiversity loss in the wetlands and rainforests, nutrient-rich soil issues for farmers, issues surrounding indigenous people’s forest rights, and so on. Cue the 'Lion King' song—it’s all connected.”
Griscom’s positivity is contagious, but current climate projections
provide a sobering reminder that even committed global climate actions
are not yet enough to avoid the catastrophic effects of a warming
planet. If the world does not keep global temperatures from rising above
2°C, the World Bank
warns of “extreme heat-waves, declining global food stocks, loss of
ecosystems and biodiversity, and life-threatening sea level rise," the
effects of which will hit hardest in the world’s poorest regions, as is already being seen.
can not hit the 2°C or below target through reforms in the energy,
industrial and transportation sectors alone, Griscom says—preventing
further loss of nature and investing in natural climate solutions are
essential to climate stability. The good news is these opportunities are
both abundant and come a broad array of other benefits. This is
climate’s make or break moment, and, as Griscom puts it, “nature is the