- The 20 warmest years on record have been in the last 22 years.
- Human activity is considered the dominant cause of temperature increases.
- Climate change is already happening (wildfires, drought, hurricanes, etc), and is expected to worsen considerably.
- The worst impacts of climate change could be irreversible by 2030.
In spite of all this, many of the worlds leaders are not taking this seriously enough. So investors need to step up and lead the charge.
- What you eat: Food is one of the easiest ways we can have a direct impact on climate change. Whether it’s eating less meat, reducing waste, or eating organic, there’s a lot we can do when we sit down to eat everyday. Learn more here.
- What you wear: Fashion is another big contributor to climate change. Consider buying used clothes (ebay, etc) or buying items that can last a long time. Ideally made with sustainable materials. Learn more here. And here. And here.
- How you travel: Cars and planes contribute a lot to climate change. For some of us, there’s simply no way of getting around it. But for those who can, consider public transportation for commuting (or a bike!) and staying local for vacations. If you want to go even further, you can donate to various organizations to offset your carbon footprint. Learn more here.
- How you shop: whether it’s single-use plastics or the energy provider you use, there are a lot of ways to lower your footprint. Being mindful is the key. Start taking a closer look at all the things you can adjust to help the planet heal. Learn more here. And here.
- Sign up for a green pricing program with your electric utility. Some utility companies allow homes and businesses to pay extra for power from clean sources. In 13 states, utilities are required to offer this option. (You can see whether your state does by checking the Green Pricing Programs map at C2ES—the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions—www.c2es.org/document/green-pricing-programs.) Customers in these programs pay a premium on their electric bill to cover the extra cost of renewable energy, an average of one to two cents per kilowatt-hour, or $9 to $18 a month for the typical American home. When you participate in these programs, you’re telling your utility company that you’re willing to pay more to address climate change.
- Family Size: this one’s a bit awkward to mention, but too important to ignore. Whether we like it or not, population size has to be part of the conversation. Learn more here.
- Project Vesta: using controlled environment weathering to reverse climate change.
- Climate Foundation: regenerating life in our seas and soils.
- Cambridge Climate Repair: safeguarding the planet from climate change and funding ways to solve it.
- Environmental Defense Fund: one of the world’s leading environmental orgs for the past 50 years.
- Environmental Working Group: one of the best at protecting human health and the environment.
- World Resources Institute: focusing on climate, energy, food, forests, and oceans in 60 countries.