Recent studies suggest that carbon sequestration on natural and working lands could significantly contribute to needed emissions reductions. Natural climate solutions, such as restoring or preventing the destruction of carbon rich natural habitats and improving the way we manage land, are also some of the most cost-effective approaches to carbon dioxide removal. Forests, prairies, farmland and other natural habitats absorb approximately 15 percent of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions. That’s a huge benefit — but one that we stand to lose if we keep converting open land for development.
In fact, land conservation offers a double benefit for the climate. In addition to absorbing greenhouse gases, it also prevents significant greenhouse gas emissions that would result from development.
Because of these major benefits, the Alliance advocates for climate change policies that will promote and fund land conservation.