To confront global warming as the greatest ecological threat in recorded human history; to unite all who care about the future of wildlife and the legacy we leave our children; to mobilize sportsmen and others concerned about the future of wildlife, beginning with NWF's powerful state-level affiliated organizations and our more than four million members and supporters, in the pursuit of these goals:
1. To establish the United States as a world leader in reducing global warming pollution;
2. To mobilize sportsmen and other Americans to demand and take action to address global warming so that it is no longer a major threat to wildlife and people;and
3. To protect wildlife habitats and corridors that strengthen wildlife's ability to respond to global warming.
There is a solid body of published science warning that misdirected human activities are impoverishing ecosystems in the United States and around the world. We must face what promises to be the defining issue of the 21st century: energy and the environment. If we get it right, we will begin turning the massive carbon-based energy infrastructure and world economy to develop innovative sources of emissions-free energy and greater efficiency that protect our security, our economy, and our environment. If we get it wrong, much of what has been accomplished in earlier chapters of the conservation movement will be erased.
Global warming has the power to alter fundamental ecological functions in every ecosystem on the planet. Mounting scientific studies from around the world warn that global warming is accelerating and has the capacity to:
1. Disrupt functioning ecological systems and trigger the extinction of over a million species by 2050
2. Submerge millions upon millions of acres of important coastal wetlands as the warming oceans expand and meltwater accumulates
3. Change the pH, chemistry and the temperature of the oceans and alter their capacity to retain coral reefs, shellfish and certain fisheries
4. Melt polar ice and glaciers across the globe;
5. Intensify extreme and destructive weather events particularly in coastal regions
6. Trigger droughts and spread deserts in interior lands; and
7. Advance the spread of invasive species and diseases.