A few weeks ago the Maryland/D.C. chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) held an event at Local 16 in Washington, D.C. with special guest Dr. Elizabeth Gray. Dr. Gray, the Maryland/D.C. Executive Director of TNC, spoke about her work involving the Conservancy’s Africa Program before working in the D.C. area. The mission of TNC is to “conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.” She spoke of her adventures and the importance of working with the residents of Africa as their population is expected to quadruple by the end of the century. The amount of resources needed to meet the demands of food, water, energy, and land are becoming more and more of a challenge with the expected local, as well as global, human population increase. Therefore, TNC is working around the world to help ensure the best practices are developed to meet consumer needs, as well as help sustain wildlife and threatened habitats.
The Conservancy was founded in 1951 and is the “world’s leading conservation organization”. They work in all 50 states of the U.S. and in more than 35 countries around the world. They work towards protecting land and water in order to sustain life and do so by working with local governments, communities, and other organizations by sharing ideas through science and best management practices. The conservancy has 550 scientists working on various issues concerning agriculture, climate change, energy, aquatic habitats, and restoration and land management.
As the Conservancy works toward its goal of developing a sustainable future the Maryland/D.C. Chapter holds various events, such as outdoor adventures, social hours, volunteer opportunities, and special events in order to inform and educate the public about what they do in various parts of the world. You can find more information on their website by going to http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/maryland_dc/events/index.htm.
The next local event they are promoting is February 20, 2014 at the National Aquarium Baltimore, “Ocean Frontiers II Film and Panel Discussion”, that is sponsored by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and hosted by the National Aquarium.
Be sure to check out these events and attend those that your busy schedule allows. They are not only informative and interesting, but they also enable you to support an organization that is working towards finding solutions to the challenges our Earth faces from our careless ways of living.