Climate Action

Climate change exacerbates existing threats to our region’s nature – such as habitat loss and fragmentation, invasive species, and pollution – and requires us to recognize and adapt to changing circumstances. By protecting and conserving open space and restoring the health of the region’s natural areas, Chicago Wilderness members are making our lands and waters more resilient – capable of responding to and recovering from stresses.

What Can You Do?

Chicago Community Climate Action Toolkit  
Explore actions that you and your community can take to reduce the impact of future climate change and to adapt to the changes already occurring. These community action strategies are designed to assist individuals and communities to mitigate, or lessen the future impacts of, climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions as well as help communities, plants and animals adapt to climate change. View the Community Action Toolkit here.

Attend a Climate Clinic for Educators
Chicago Wilderness hosts climate clinics to connect local aspects of climate change with global issues. Topics include: local impacts, basic climate change science, mitigation and adaptation practices and strategies for education and communication. Clinics allow educators to share resources and keep current on strategies for community engagement. For additional information, contact Susan Ask at


Chicago Wilderness members work together to provide resources for individuals, communities, municipalities and regional entities that are interested in learning about the projected local impacts of climate change and ways to lessen and adapt to these changes. 

Climate Change Update to the Biodiversity Recovery Plan
The Update is a tool that assists land managers, policy makers and individuals in creating and implementing strategies for biodiversity recovery and adaptation. View the update here.

Chicago Wilderness Climate Action Plan for Nature
The Chicago Wilderness Climate Action Plan for Nature outlines our strategies to help plants and animals adapt to the shifting environment, and to reduce the magnitude of climate impacts through land and water conservation action.

Climate Considerations for Management of Natural Areas and Green Spaces in the Chicago Region
The City of Chicago, The Nature Conservancy, University of Notre Dame and The Field Museum collaboratively developed a  Climate Considerations Guidebook to help identify climate-sensitive planning and management decisions for urban natural areas.

Climate Adaptation Guidebook for Municipalities in the Chicago Region
The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) developed the Climate Adaptation Guidebook for Municipalities in the Chicago Region for communities interested in adapting their planning and investment decisions to improve their resilience of to future weather impacts. This is less expensive and disruptive than to rebuild later.