Climate change refers to a broad array of environmental degradation that is predicted to result from increasing levels of atmospheric CO2, including global warming, alterations in precipitation, sea level changes and more extreme weather events.
Despite this, the United States has been slow to act on climate change, and our emissions of greenhouse gases continue to rise.
The primary cause of climate change is the burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas. When we burn these fuels, we release CO2 into the atmosphere, where it traps heat and causes the Earth’s temperature to rise.
Climate change is a global problem that requires global solutions. Individual action is important, but we must also work together to enact policies that will reduce our emissions and help mitigate its effects on our communities, health, economy and environment.