A major piece of conservation legislation is moving quickly through the U.S. Senate. The Climate Security Act (S. 3036) not only requires important cuts to the pollution causing global warming, it also provides billions of dollars to help wildlife and habitats survive a changing climate.
The wildlife funding in this bill is more than any other dedicated source of funding for wildlife and natural resources in history.
Thanks to hundreds of advocates within the hunting and angling community, an innovative provision has been included to ensure that these dollars:
- Carry out scientific research to find out how wildlife is being impacted by climate change.
- Acquire and manage habitats in the face of climate change.
- Take a host of additional steps to help wildlife survive the impacts of climate change.
Global warming poses an unprecedented threat to wildlife.
It is already contributing to sea level rise, intensified storms and droughts, increased catastrophic fires, spreading pests and invasive species and a host of other ecosystem disruptions.
To prevent extinction of numerous treasured species and loss of many unique habitats, conservation work must be expanded to address such climate-related impacts. Investment in such expanded conservation work is one of the most significant steps we can take to protect our children’s future.
What affects wildlife ultimately affects people, so the time is now to develop the best strategies to protect the landscapes and habitats they–and we–depend on.
We’re reaching a tipping point in Congress.
As this bill moves to the Senate floor, it will mark the first head-on Senate debate about the bold steps that must be taken to avert the worst impacts of global warming. While there have been other votes in 2003 and 2005 on Senate global warming bills, this is the most comprehensive bill ever proposed.