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The GCA’s 2021 National Affairs & Legislation Conference


February 26, 2021

Focus on Climate Change

The Garden Club of America (GCA) recognizes the threat of climate change and the need for action at all levels of the government as well as individual behavior change. The observed changes in climate are negatively impacting plants and human health. Rapid loss of biodiversity, species extinction, sea-level rise, ocean acidification, extreme weather events, and the health of public lands are at risk if this trend is not addressed.

Each February, the GCA hosts the National Affairs & Legislation Conference (NAL) in Washington, D.C. This year’s conference marked the thirty-eighth year that GCA members would have traveled to Washington to advocate for a healthy planet. Due to the uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference was held virtually and for the first time included all GCA club members. The conference, held February 23-25, focused on climate change solutions — specifically, the potential of oceans, natural systems, transportation, and innovation/energy efficiency to mitigate and abate the impacts of climate change. The event highlighted innovation, concrete constructive programs, and policies that, if enacted, can effectuate the changes necessary to have a measurable impact in our communities in both the near and long term. Sessions throughout the three-day conference featured compelling, factual, nonpartisan presentations from an impressive line-up of elected representatives, administration officials, and leading experts from industry and the non-profit sector, as well as some of the best scientific minds and practitioners from the front lines of climate change.

From the time of its founding, The Garden Club of America has been an active force in the promotion of environmental awareness and the preservation of natural resources. To learn more please visit GCA National Affairs & Legislation.




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