Chicago Wilderness Climate Action Plan for Nature

The Chicago Wilderness Climate Action Plan for Nature is the first regional analysis of how to navigate the complexities of nature conservation in a world with a changing climate. The plan identifies three main strategies:

1. Mitigate the future impacts of climate change by reducing the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Natural areas play an invaluable role in sequestering and storing carbon. By preventing the destruction of native habitats in our region, we prevent the release of 53 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. That's equivalent to emissions from:

5 million cars for a year


120 billion miles driven


electricity from 7.1 million households for a year


a coal-fired power plant operating for 6 years, 7 months

2. Make our region’s natural areas resilient in the face of inevitable climate change impacts. One way to do this is by promoting and maintaining larger landscapes for nature conservation and connecting them with green spaces.

3. Engage the Chicago Wilderness community in action, organizing the alliance’s vast network of conservation experts to create local solutions that have global impact. Alliance members are developing tools and strategies to integrate and implement the best science and natural resource management techniques across our landscape. Member organizations are also facilitating public outreach and education on this important issue, such as The Field Museum’s Chicago Community Climate Action Toolkit.

Together, our goal is to create healthy systems that will be able to be resiliant to climate changes. View a summary of the Climate Action Plan for Nature for more information.