Our climate is changing, and these changes are already impacting the nation’s valuable natural resources and the people, communities, and economies that depend on them. These impacts are expected to increase with continued changes in the planet’s climate system, putting many of the nation’s valuable natural resources at risk. Action is needed now to reduce these impacts (including reducing the drivers of climate change) and help sustain the natural resources and services the nation depends on.
It then goes on, as summarized by this ClimateProgress article, to discuss seven important goals that would help wildlife adapt to climate change:
- identifying new areas to protect;
- atural resource managers;
- of the impacts of climate change on natural resourcesrisk assessments for priority species and habitats;
- Increase public awareness and motivate action to safeguard fish, wildlife, and plants in a changing climate; and
- Reduce non-climate stressors like habitat degradation to help fish, wildlife, plants, and ecosystems adapt to a changing climate.
These goals are imperative for any natural resource manager worthy of the name, and have been characterized as an “urgent call to action” for government officials. But as described in the strategy, they are "non-binding" recommendations. That word, alas, timidly speaks for itself.
There is no question that we have already locked in an alarming level of climate disruption. It is irreversible, and poses a threat to wildlife – and to human life – that goes far beyond non-binding recommendations.