Should we care about conservation during a pandemic?

Now, more than ever, we need nature and the benefits it provides. COVID-19 has both revealed and exacerbated deep inequities in access to green space. Those of us who are fortunate enough to be at home, away from the frontlines, appreciate the mental and physical health boost provided by walks and nature views even more…

At a time when we are worried not only for our health, but our jobs as well, it is worth noting that habitat restoration projects generate a high number of jobs for the money spent. One study found that for every million spent by NOAA on coastal habitat restoration, 17 jobs were created — more than double the rate of job creation from coal, gas and nuclear energy. Also, having a wetland nearby can boost the economy, reduce losses from flood damage and bring the same benefits as urban trees.

Read more from Shanna Edberg, director of conservation programs for Hispanic Access Foundation, with The Hill here.