The Loss of Nature: A Global Threat


The loss of our biodiversity has the power to uproot economies, make lands uninhabitable, foster Zoonotic diseases, and cause competition for resources and regional unrest - all of which has been well-documented within the last few decades.

The Biden Administration has spoken of the loss of nature as a true and present threat to our security. In his first month in office, the president signed executive orders designed to protect public lands and committed to conserving 30 percent of U.S. lands and coastal seas by 2030. 

The motivation appears to be there, but are we doing enough? Is the intelligence community taking this threat seriously? What steps should elected leaders take to safeguard the biodiversity of our planet?

On March 24, The Hill will convene policymakers and national security experts for an in-depth discussion on the intersection of our national security priorities and the global loss of nature.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

1:00 PM ET / 10:00 AM PT



  • Galina Angarova, Executive Director, Cultural Survival
  • RADM Len Hering Sr., Member, Advisory Board, Center for Climate and Security
  • Hon. Bob Inglis, Executive Director,; Former Congressman (R-SC)
  • Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), Member, Committee on Foreign Affairs
  • Monica Medina, Founder and Publisher of Our Daily Planet


Sponsor Perspective:

  • Dr. Rod Schoonover, Advisor, The Center for Climate and Security & The Council on Strategic Risks & fmr. Director of Environment and Natural Resources, National Intelligence Council


  • Steve Clemons, Editor-at-Large, The Hill


Questions for our speakers? Join the conversation using @TheHillEvents and #TheHillNature.


Sponsored Content Message:




Strains on critical Earth systems: water, food, forests, fisheries and wildlife populations, are increasingly contributing to global conflict, political instability and economic harm while also heightening the risks of future pandemics. This disruption of our planet’s natural systems poses a significant and growing threat to our national security. Download The Security Threat that Binds Us to learn more about steps the U.S. can take to address this growing national security threat.