​​​​​​​​​​​​​Real People, Real Stories

Every day across the country, courageous people are speaking out for the natural world to protect their families, their communities and their livelihoods. Read real stories about how everyday people are using their outside voices to make a difference – then join our cause.

“There can be no greater issue than that of conservation in this country.” –Theodore Roosevelt, 1912

 
“I use my outside voice because if we can increase the amount of green space, nature has a better chance of thriving.”
Seventh Grader - Pennsylvania
 
“I use my outside voice any chance to evoke action, transform attitudes, and spur real change.”
Ohio State University Graduate - Clintonville, Ohio
 
“I use my outside voice because living in this unique valley is totally natural and amazing with all it has to offer!”
North East, Pennsylvania
 
“It’s my duty to speak out and share my experiences and hopefully my story can make a difference.”
Volunteer TIS Support - TNC in Missouri
 
“It’s important to speak about what you believe in.”
Community-college science professor and bird-watcher - Adirondacks, New York
 
“People are looking for places that retain a sense of character.”
Former Mayor of Palm Desert, California - Palm Valley, California
 
“We are profoundly connected to nature whether we know it or not.”
Student, Rice University - Houston, Texas
 
“Speak up for the importance of traditional lands.”
Native Hawaiian - Kahuku Ranch, Hawaii
 
“Everyone should use their voices, their bodies, their minds to take action on behalf of nature.”
Member of Team Nature and new father - Long Island, NY
 
“Learn about issues like where your drinking water comes from.”
Environmental science teacher - Danville, Pennsylvania
 
“Support all types of life – not just animals, not just land, but everything in between.”
Student - East Hartford, Connecticut
 
“Someone has to speak for future generations.”
Water district manager, father and hunter - Cumberland Plateau, Tennessee
 
“If you abuse the land, it’s not going to be here for the next generation.”
Retired farmer, county judge and avid boater - Crittenden County, Kentucky
 
“Take a hike with your friends or family – show them what inspires you.”
Restoration enthusiast - Boyds, Maryland
 
“Sometimes, conservation awareness can be raised simply by speaking up.”
New York City LEAF Intern - Queens, New York
 
“Sometimes the things that are most important are the things we take for granted.”
New York City LEAF Alumnus - Poughkeepsie, New York 

Sign the Pledge

I know that investing in conservation is the only way we can help keep America beautiful, strong, prosperous and healthy. I am proud to join a community of people who speak up for nature to help save the places we love.