Note from Nancy Colleton, new CEC Deputy Chair

04 November 2012 | News story

"Whether we’re promoting our Love Not Loss campaign, helping to better connect people to nature, educating policy makers on the importance of biodiversity, I hope you will join the CEC and help to provide a strong and powerful voice for nature," she writes.

As I write to you today, I must admit I am a little distracted. It is difficult to stop looking out of my office window. Autumn in the Washington, DC area is a special time. Bright and brilliant red, gold, and brown treetops present a colorful contrast to the grey high-rise office buildings. And although the street below is crammed with noisy cars and planes continuously fly overhead, one can easily get lost admiring the trees as they almost glow against a clear blue sky. Even in a busy urban environment like this, nature has a way of capturing your attention, reminding you how spectacular it is.

For me, days like today, also remind me of why I—like many of you—volunteer my time to the IUCN. Whether a tree, a termite, or a tiger, our love for nature and all that it provides captivates us and motivates us. As the new deputy chair of IUCN’s Commission on Education and Communication (CEC), I hope we can capitalize on that enthusiasm and work together to create a new spirit and excitement in our community, one that influences positive change worldwide.

With the leadership of our new CEC Chair, Juliane Zeidler, I am confident our agenda over the next four years will be very active and successful. So whether we’re promoting our Love Not Loss campaign, helping to better connect people to nature, educating policy makers on the importance of biodiversity, I hope you will join the CEC and help to provide a strong and powerful voice for nature.

Best wishes,
Nancy