We have to work faster, be more creative, and advocate relentlessly if we are going to protect our public lands and leave our grandchildren the planet they deserve.”
At the Campion Advocacy Fund, we work at the intersection of protecting America’s public lands and solving the climate crisis. We fight to protect culturally and ecologically important landscapes, landscapes that are owned by all Americans, and which are also critical to meeting the United States’ climate goals.
Together with Indigenous leaders, local community partners, and national advocacy organizations, we leverage grassroots action with trusted relationships in Washington, D.C.
Advocating for America’s Land and Water to Counter the Climate Crisis
America’s public lands are an essential part of our nation’s answer to the climate crisis. Instead of contributing to our climate challenges–a quarter of our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions come from fossil fuels extracted from public lands–these vast areas can provide climate solutions. Studies show that conserving and restoring our natural lands and waters can provide more than 1/3 of the solution needed to mitigate climate change and meet international climate goals.
Elevating Indigenous Leadership
Indigenous leaders are the backbone of the climate and conservation movement. Indigenous peoples and their traditional homelands are on the frontlines of the climate crisis. Campion Advocacy Fund works closely with organizations like the Gwich’in Steering Committee to uplift elder and youth voices in Washington, D.C. and around the country. By working in collaboration with Indigenous leaders and communities, we can help advocate for local priorities and sustainable economies.
Protecting Public Lands in Alaska
While the Campion Advocacy Fund works across the United States, we have a long history of working with partners in Alaska. The United States cannot solve the climate crisis without Alaska. As our partners at the Alaska Venture Fund explain it: “At nearly one-fifth the size of the U.S., everything in Alaska is outsized. Alaska has more coastline than the rest of the country combined, a third of the nation’s federal lands, more than half of its carbon stores, two-thirds of its fisheries landings, much of its potential freshwater, most of its largest intact ecosystems, and all of its Arctic territory. More Indigenous people reside here proportionally than in any other state.”
Connecting Through Communications
People support the protection of places they know and understand. Through world-class photography, books and IMAX films, the Campion Advocacy Fund brings America’s public lands directly to those who own it—the American people. By increasing awareness and understanding, we’re elevating the conservation of these lands as an essential tool in achieving our nation’s climate goals.