Join Lincoln Land Conservation Trust for our Annual Meeting! All are welcome to celebrate another year of conservation in Lincoln.
7:30 PM LLCT will conduct a short business meeting. LLCT members in attendance are invited to vote in the new slate of Trustees. Immediately following the business meeting, David O’Neill, our keynote speaker, will begin his remarks.
LLCT will be holding this program virtually. All are welcome to attend this free program. Please register to receive the Zoom Meeting Link and receive reminder updates before the program.
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David O’Neill’s remarks, The Power of Nature in our Fight Against Climate Change, will explore how local land trusts, homeowners, and others can take actions and band together to advocate for nature in solving the globe’s greatest threat.
Nature plays a critical role in our fight to address climate change. The Massachusetts Global Warming Solutions Act recognizes that Natural Climate Solutions (NCS) are required to achieve our goal of Net Zero Emissions by 2050. NCS are actions to protect, manage, and restore natural and working lands to remove and reduce carbon emissions. In Massachusetts, NCS can reduce and remove an additional 1-2 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions every year, the equivalent of taking roughly 215,000 to 435,000 cars off the road. These solutions also enhance the safety and reduce costs of communities from natural hazards, such as flooding, heat, and drought. And the work to protect nature and to apply nature-based solutions contributes significantly to our economy. The Division of Ecological Restoration (DER) has found that for every $1 million spent on nature-based solutions, 12.5 full time jobs are created or maintained.
David O’Neill has dedicated his professional career to conservation. As president of Mass Audubon, he is leading the 125-year-old organization to tackle the most pressing challenges of our time: loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and the threat of climate change.
Before joining Mass Audubon in 2020, he served as the Chief Conservation Officer and Senior Advisor to the CEO of National Audubon Society (NAS). While there, his powerful vision, collaborative nature, and ability to raise critical funds elevated the entire organization. He led the development of NAS’s conservation strategies; helped to unify the organization around a single vision; oversaw the organization’s policy, conservation, and science agendas; and launched innovative programs to help fight the impacts of climate change.
Roles prior to his work at National Audubon include Vice President for Conservation at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Vice President at Cherokee Investment Partners, a private equity firm dedicated to sustainable investing, Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Trust, and Director of Land Use Policy and Outreach for the Urban Land Institute.
David, who grew up in Maryland on a Chesapeake Bay farm, is the recipient of the Andrew White Medal from Loyola University for his leadership on Chesapeake Bay recovery efforts. He has written authoritatively and spoken often about the relationship between land use and environmental health and spoke on these issues nationally and internationally.