Youth strikers at the Global Climate Strike, 20 September 2019

Climate change Local solutions to a global crisis

Our climate campaign aim is simple: we want to halt climate breakdown and build a fairer, more sustainable world for all.

Over the past couple of years, we’ve worked with hundreds of local and Climate Action groups to lobby government at local and national levels to adopt a Climate Action Plan.

But this year, the coronavirus pandemic hit and turned life as we all know it upside down. While our groups continue to lobby for change at a local level, our national campaign has shifted to lobbying for a fair and green recovery from the pandemic. We have a rare opportunity to rebuild society in a way which benefits the planet and everyone in it.

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Climate Action groups are the local solution to a global crisis.

Right now people just like you are joining forces to make their towns and cities more climate friendly and ensure a green and fair recovery from the pandemic. And they're not alone. We provide every group with free webinars, resources and advice. It couldn't be simpler.

So, are you ready to join them?

A green and fair recovery plan

Much like the climate emergency, the coronavirus pandemic has affected the most vulnerable both at home and abroad. As we look to rebuild our lives and systems, we need a recovery plan that changes all lives for the better, leaving no-one behind. 

We've identified 5 key areas the government must focus on and include in a recovery plan to ensure we build back better.

What causes climate change?

Our planet is warmer now than at any point in the past 1,000 years, and heating fast. This is mainly a result of the huge increase in the amount of coal, oil and gas we’ve been burning since the industrial revolution, pumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

Other things contribute too, such as deforestation, which means trees absorb less of these gases; and other greenhouse gases such as methane from cows.

Photo: Dikaseva

Who does climate change affect?

Climate change is devastating people's lives all over the world. With drought, storms, floods, crop damage and sea-level rise, millions are fleeing their homes. And it's the world’s poorest who are hardest hit.

 

The UN Refugee Agency says climate change adds to many of today’s conflicts — from Darfur to Somalia to Iraq and Syria.

The effects will get worse as temperatures rise further. So we must cut greenhouse gas emissions to stop temperatures rising.

People also need protection from the climate change we can no longer avoid. That means financial support for developing countries and legal protection for climate refugees.

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