The 40th anniversary of Earth Day is April 22 — are you optimistic or pessimistic about the prospects for nature, the environment, the Earth, the Red Sox? And are you taking action based on your disposition? Let us know — make a comment below!

If you believe in the work we’re doing, please lend a hand.


  1. I want to know what the Nature Conservancy says about past acts of nature and current act of nature in the form of volcanic erruptions and specifically the carbonfootprint comparison of these volcanic erruptions to the carbonfootprint of humans.
    Thank you. I look forward to your response.

  2. I am optimistic that people will change their habits for the better. Today’s awareness is much greater than five or ten years ago.

  3. I am feeling pretty pessimistic. Particularly concerned that, in the wake of our current economic crisis, not for profit organizations like The Nature Conservancy are being co-opted by corrupt giants like Goldman Sachs. To have these financial organizations making decisions about environmental priorities is an invitation to disaster. Take, for example, the closing of the South Sound Washington office – an office which generates most of its own funding and has produced tremendous publicity and visibility for TNC through their accomplishments.

  4. I work for the Conservancy in Washington state and I’d like to respond to Gabby’s comment about the South Sound office.
    The South Sound office is open and doing good conservation work. The Conservancy’s commitment to conservation in the South Sound region of Washington has not changed. What has changed is our vision of how that work will be best accomplished. Because the South Sound program is so strong and generates much of its own funding, we believe it can be even more successful independently. The transition is in the early conceptual planning stage. State and local teams are working together to design the new program.

  5. We’re bicycling from San Francisco to Washington, DC between 24-July and 22-Sept, 2010, without motorized support. Cynthia McKinney, six term Member of Congress and 2008 Green Party nominee for President, is riding. The ride will demonstrate the bicycle as a transformational tool to solve the problems of Climate Change, Oil Wars, the Health Crisis, and the Economic Crunch. Along the way, riders will facilitate community discussions around the question “How can we support each other to live true to our best values?”

    Our route, schedule, and discussion group are open to anybody with a free Google account. Please join us. If you would like to bicycle all or part of the route, plan a convergence ride, or host riders passing through your community, please e-mail Please forward this and re-post to others who might be interested.

  6. Being barred from entry onto Conservancy land makes me question the ethics of this organization when the home page states come and enjoy our preserves. Why even bother with earth day or even pretend to care if no one is allowed to enjoy the results of your efforts. Denial of access to the public should be grounds for loss of funding and tax exempt status for organizations like you.

    1. Jim, while many of our preserves are open to the public, some are not for reasons that are individual to each preserve. Our online preserve map indicates which preserves are open to the public and which have restricted or no public access. The Nature Conservancy is a private non-profit organization whose mission is conservation for people and nature. We maintain public access to our lands wherever it is possible to reconcile public use with conservation goals.

  7. I’m pessimistic because I just heard that my new environmental president, President Obama, is supporting the addition of several offshore drilling riggs following the explosion in the Gulf 🙁 Why not wind?

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