Vision & Mission

Our Mission

WRA fights climate change and its impacts.

Our Vision

  • Vibrant western communities run on clean energy.
  • Western rivers are thriving even in the face of climate change.
  • The distinct landscapes of the West are protected, healthy, and accessible.

Dedication & Commitment

We dedicate our work to the people of the West, especially those here first and those most impacted by the impacts of climate change, to the newcomers and visitors who come to share in the beauty of this place, and to do our part for humankind with our fellow citizens of the world, with whom we are facing this crisis.

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WRA fights climate change to sustain the environment, economy, and people of the West.

We respect the different needs of diverse communities and partner with them to develop a shared vision for progress — one that advances our communities while protecting biodiversity. Our direct engagement with policymakers and other advocates advances clean energy, protects air, land, water, and wildlife — and sustains the lives and livelihoods of people in the West.

WRA takes big, bold ideas — a Colorado River that runs to the sea, an economy that runs on carbon-free energy, and 50% of all land protected and connected—and we ask the hard question: How? We use Western ingenuity and practicality—backed by science—to drive change for a more sustainable future.

  • We advocate in front of state utility commissions, shape policy with state legislators, and educate local decision makers on how to advance conservation
  • We use science and research to help state and local governments shape and assess laws and rules that drive change and create accountability.
  • We collaborate and build relationships with a broad and diverse group of allies to ensure laws are passed and implemented in good faith to yield real results.
  • We work with communities to support those most affected by conservation policies in having a seat at the table where decisions are made.

We have precious little time to prevent the worst impacts of climate change on the West’s rivers, lands, and communities.

WRA is tackling our region’s toughest challenges, and we’re winning. We successfully reduce carbon emissions, protect rivers, improve air quality, and redefine how land for birds, wildlife, and communities is protected and connected. But there is so much more to do.

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