What is Climate Change? And what can I do about it?3 min read

If you’re paying any attention to the news or to the Internet today, you’ve heard of climate change. But what is climate change? And you might be wondering “what can I do about climate change?”

This site is founded on the understanding that climate change is real, and on the belief that each and every one of us can do something about it. Now. Today.

“Global warming” is a lie. This is the coldest Winter I can remember!

We can’t talk about climate change without talking about the differences between “climate” and “weather”.

Is it cold out today? Is it hot? Is it raining? Snowing? Dry? The day to day conditions are “weather” conditions. You may well observe that the weather today is not warm, not dry. But…

Climate is a composite of the normal weather patterns in a time and place. When the normal conditions change as a pattern, that is the climate changing.

Depending on where you live, you might hear the local news talking about “the hottest Summer on record” or “the coldest Winter on record”. Maybe your area is getting a lot more or a lot less precipitation than it has in past years.

But climate isn’t just something we measure on a local scale; it can be observed globally, as well. And while you may or may not have enjoyed an especially cold Winter, on a global scale things are most definitely heating up year-over-year.

2019 was a particularly harrowing year for climate change. The IPCC has released a report that is particularly sobering. We are already seeing substantial impacts to mountain and coastal areas. The 27% of the world population that live along the Earth’s coastlines have been particularly hard hit, by rising sea levels and stronger storms year-over-year. The planet’s coral reefs have been bleaching out and dying due to warmer waters, which has had a rippling effect on other industries like our fisheries.

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It’s all about the carbon.

This is all caused by increased CO2 release into the atmosphere, which is almost entirely caused by the activities of humans. Even the animals that are contributing the most to it are doing so because humans are farming them.

And while a lot of attention is being paid to heads of state, what they are going to do about this, a big part of this complex reality is the decisions that each one of us make as individuals every day have a cumulative impact on global outcomes.

That’s right. Each one of us makes decisions every day that put more or fewer tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere, which in turn make the climate change more or less quickly.

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And if enough of us cut our production down, way down, really soon, maybe we can reduce the impact of this global crisis. If we do really well at this, maybe we can help the world heal from the damage we’ve already done.

I can’t do anything about this. Can I?

Yes. Yes, you can. I believe you can. I believe I can. And that’s why I started this site. With so many efforts focused on policy change, I’d like to build a community through this site focused on individual empowerment to affect global change.

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