Beth Wheatley via Crowdrise
November 19, 2011
BENEFITING: The Nature Conservancy
ORGANIZER: The Nature Conservancy
Dear Friends and Family,
Over the years, I have been part of many conversations in which friends shared, "I hate my job" and "The atmosphere in my office is so negative". I listen. I provide support. And I quietly give thanks that I work for The Nature Conservancy.
Yes, I admit it. I like my job. Even in recent months, I continue to enjoy work.
You see, in recent months, my Nature Conservancy colleagues and I have been climbing over and around obstacles as the federal budget challenge plays out on a political and economic landscape covered with uncertainty and divisiveness. We are engaged in this process because federal funding is critical to conservation of important lands and waters -- those natural systems that provide habitat for wild creatures, sustain our economies, and provide clean water, clean air, and food. We certainly recognize that cuts to conservation programs may be unavoidable in the deficit reduction process. Our objective is simple: to ensure that conservation programs are not singled out for cuts more severe than -- and disproportionate to -- those in other government sectors.
Given these unprecedented funding challenges, it did not surprise me when a friend asked, "How is it that you continue to enjoy your job amidst the budget madness in DC?"
As I reflected on the answer, two clear thoughts emerged. First, I have been interacting more than ever with Nature Conservancy colleagues leading the charge in DC. They do so with a drive fueled by passion. Passion for protecting the grasslands of Australia, the temperate hardwood forests of the Central Appalachians and China, the Gulf of Mexico, and many other precious natural systems. And, second, I receive encouragement from supporters who are keenly aware that such severe cuts to conservation funding would translate into real consequences -- wildlife habitat lost, the spread of invasive pests and diseases causing economic and ecological damage to farms and forests, and streams providing drinking water to millions of people not restored to health.
So the short answer to my friend's question is this: one of the key reasons I continue to enjoy work is that I am lifted by the positive energy and determination of Nature Conservancy staff, volunteers, and friends. I am lifted by you.
This November 6, I am running the New York City Marathon to say thank you...and to rally together supporters like you to make an additional investment in The Nature Conservancy during this challenging time in DC. Please use your energy and determination to support my participation in this 26.2 mile race for nature!
As I approach mile 21 with cramps in my calves and knees failing, I will be lifted by your support. And when I enter Central Park to cross the finish line, I will remember that every day is race day as we work together to protect migration corridors for tiny songbirds, rare and beautiful flowers like Barbara's buttons, spectacular expanses of forest and water, and your special places.
Do me the honor of investing in my 26.2 mile run for nature! Here's how: Just hit the big, orange DONATE button above.
Know that you are helping to support the Conservancy's vision to leave a sustainable world for our children and grandchildren. Thank you for your support of our natural world, of me, and of Team Nature Conservancy!