Op-ed: Investing in a safer world: international conservation programs and COVID-19

The Illinois Environmental Council works across our state to promote land protection and restoration, supporting local governments to combat the effects of environmental degradation and protect our open spaces. Across the United States, the work of like minded organizations has helped our country chart a more sustainable path to growth, supporting the long-term survival of resource-dependent industries, encouraging wildlife tourism, and helping protect our agricultural industries from environmental harm. However, these challenges – as we’ve seen through COVID-19 – are global, and U.S. investment must be supported by similar programs abroad.

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