Climate change is real, man-made, and happening now. The stakes are too high not to keep pushing forward.LET'S GO
Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree: Man-made climate change is a reality. In the past few years, the evidence has become even more clear: 2014, 2015, and 2016 all broke the record for the hottest year ever recorded, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the National Climate Assessment both showed that, left unchecked, climate change has the potential to affect Americans everywhere—no matter where they live.
Every region of the United States is already experiencing the effects of climate change. If we don't act aggressively to cut the carbon pollution that causes climate change, we could be headed toward a global temperature increase of over 4 degrees Celsius (7.2 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2100—a catastrophic scenario that would include rising sea-levels, more frequent more powerful extreme weather, food and water shortages, and global instability.
Climate change is already a major public health threat, contributing to poor air quality that can be harmful to breathe, and poses health risks for children. Over the past three decades, the percentage of Americans with asthma has more than doubled and climate change is putting those Americans at greater risk of landing in the hospital. On top of that, climate change expands the range of disease carriers like mosquitoes and ticks—that spread diseases like Lyme, Dengue fever, and Zika.
The greatest obstacles we face in the fight against climate change aren’t technological or economic—they are political.
CLIMATE CHANGE DENIERS
Despite the overwhelming evidence, more than 130 members of Congress still refuse to acknowledge the scientific reality of climate change, and their denial is costing us time we can’t afford to waste. OFA volunteers and organizers are putting unprecedented pressure on climate change deniers in Congress, demanding recognition of the basic science and changing the conversation around climate change at both the local and national level.
Join other OFA supporters in calling out deniers for trying to continue a settled debate—find your local denier and let them know there’s too much at stake. They should drop their fantasy-like views on climate science and help the rest of the world figure out how to protect ourselves from a changing climate before it’s too late.Fight the deniers
This is a fight we can and must win.
But we can’t give up the crucial steps we’ve taken over the past few years. The stakes are too high for our country, our communities, and our children’s well-being.
Join the effort to keep pushing for a better, cleaner, safer climate.I'm in
THE PROGRESS WE MUST DEFEND
The United States has made great strides in fighting climate change over the past eight years. The Recovery Act in 2009 included the biggest investment in clean energy technology in history, which led to innovation and jobs growth in industries from advanced batteries to solar panels. The Clean Power Plan will reduce U.S. carbon pollution from existing power plants 32 percent below a 2005 baseline by 2030. That's a big deal—The New York Times called this climate plan by President Obama “the strongest action ever taken by an American president to tackle climate change.”
We proved that we don't need to choose between clean air and a strong economy. Since 2008, the cost of solar panels has dropped 75 percent. A 2016 report shows that more than 260,000 Americans worked in the solar industry, and there is now enough solar power produced in the United States to power six and a half million homes. Wind power is booming as well—tripling since 2008—and today the wind industry employs over 100,000 Americans. More than 50 thousand wind turbines across the country now generate enough electricity to power 24 million homes.
All of this progress—with dedicated leadership from the United States—set the conditions for the signing of the landmark Paris Climate Agreement. As part of this historic deal, nearly every country in the world committed to cut carbon pollution and fight climate change as a global community—for the first time ever.
This is a fight we can and must win. But we can’t give up the crucial steps we’ve taken over the past few years. The stakes are too high for our country, our communities, and our children’s well-being. Join the effort to keep pushing for a better, cleaner, safer climate.
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