The risks inherent in failing to act decisively against climate change are simply too great. The warming that has occurred to date has influenced extreme weather patterns, such as floods, droughts, and heat waves; unprecedented shrinking Arctic ice and glaciers; and an increased incidence of Category 4 and 5 hurricanes, among many other events. If we stay on our current warming path, the world’s climate scientist predict that rising sea levels will threaten coastal cities across the world — from Hong Kong to Amsterdam, Bangkok, and Charleston.
Perhaps more alarming, resource depletion caused by warming may bite our future even before the most sever aspects of climate change. The erosion of drinkable water, of topsoil, of trees, the disappearance of plant and animal species — at the most rapid rate certainly in human history — will all take place at a time when the world’s population is projected to grow from 6.5 to 9 billion people by 2050. Almost all of that growth will occur in countries least economically able to support new people. Climate change will affect the basic elements of life for people around the world, including food production, access to water, and public health. This is the world we live in.
The scale of global response needed to contain this problem is immense. The United States and the global community can act in concert to deal with this pressing threat, but it requires urgency. We are not too late.
You too can play a role. Climate change is a global problem that requires local and individual action. The energy we use at home accounts for about a fifth of U.S. global warming pollution. Making smart choices at home matters. We at GreenWerks enthusiastically support individuals taking responsibility and making personal modifications. GreenWerks also endorses companies applying business-oriented approaches to the fight against climate change.
Below is a list of organizations and media blogging spots providing useful information:
Environment Defense Fund – Finding the Ways that Work
They partner with businesses, governments and communities to find practical environmental solutions.
We Can Solve It
Their ultimate aim is to halt global warming. Specifically they are educating people in the US and around the world that the climate crisis is both urgent and solvable.
Natural Resources Defense Council: Global Warming
NRDC’s global warming site provides information on the causes and effects of global climate change, and offers solutions to the problem.
Carbon Disclosure Project
The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is an independent not-for-profit organization aiming to create a lasting relationship between shareholders and corporations regarding the implications for shareholder value and commercial operations presented by climate change.
Sustainable Design, Green Building, LEED Projects: GreenSource
Climate Progress is dedicated to providing the progressive perspective on climate science, climate solutions, and climate politics. It is a project of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization.
Whether it’s an individual with an ingenious fix or a company with a revolutionary product, CNN explores some of the solutions to environmental problems — both in your backyard and around the globe.