This month I was thrilled to get to participate in the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress in Honolulu, Hawaii! The Congress's theme "Planet at the Crossroads" emphasized the urgency felt by the >9,000 participants from >190 countries in responding to climate change and collectively choosing a path that will benefit the ecosystems that underpin our economies, well-being, and survival. I was inspired by the sheer number of organizations, initiatives, and people represented at the congress, all of whom are working to find solutions to many intertwined challenges. Increasingly, conservation efforts are seen as capable of simultaneously contributing to meeting UN Sustainable Development Goals, the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and the landmark Paris Agreement to address climate change, among others. I attended many sessions addressing topics that included championing nature-based solutions, such as recognizing the power of parks to improve human health and the power of carbon markets to drive coastal ecosystem restoration and improve livelihoods. Many of the ideas, strategies, and recurring themes are directly in line with our work at Point Blue Conservation Science, and I am excited about the opportunity to more directly link our efforts to international goals and draw on the resources, ideas, and expertise of a much larger pool of potential collaborators.