It touches all of us in many ways, from the air we breathe to the extreme weather we are increasingly experiencing. If unchecked, it will ultimately end human civilization.
We have no choice but to address it. Each of us can take actions to do so, in small and big ways. It helps to start by learning about it. Thinking about it. Exploring what seems most provocative.
So that we can decide what actions we will personally take to make a difference. There are so many choices: electrifying our cars and/or our homes; reducing our consumption of everything, particularly meat and plastics; planting trees; divesting from fossil fuels; composting our food scraps, becoming politically involved. Spending some time on this site is a beginning.
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On Sunday, August 7, 2022 the Senate – (significantly watered down from the original Build Back Better bill in order to capture the votes of two recalcitrant democrats, Joe Manchin and Krysten Lee Sinema) passed the biggest climate bill the US has ever seen. On Friday, August 12, the House followed and sent the bill for signature to President Joe Biden. On Monday, August 16, 2022 the President signed it, handing the pen to Senator Manchin after completion. Not one Republican voted for it.
President Biden on Tuesday signed a long-awaited bill meant to reduce health costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and raise taxes on corporations and wealthy investors, capping more than a year of on-again, off-again negotiations and cementing his early economic legacy.
“This bill is the biggest step forward on climate ever,” Mr. Biden said, after drawing a standing ovation from a White House crowd filled largely with aides and allies.
The bill, which Democrats named the Inflation Reduction Act, invests $370 billion in spending and tax credits in low-emission forms of energy to fight climate change. It extends federal health-insurance subsidies, allows the government to negotiate prescription drug prices for seniors on Medicare and is expected to reduce the federal budget deficit by about $300 billion over 10 years.
Our site is a family of sites, with more than 250 mini sites containing endless resources on everything climate change touches – droughts to flooding, health to faith, individual states to kelp farming, sustainable eating to sustainable shopping.
When installing solar, make the land hospitable for bees. Pollinator friendly solar sites are a growing trend that help provide the nutrition and habitat that bees and butterflies need.Utility Dive
Voters concerned about climate change need to be heard on election day.Environmental Voter Project
Commit to ten regenerative gardening principles that serve both the environment and the soil.Green America
REBA helps companies understand the benefits of moving to renewables.Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance
The worst impacts can still be avoided if we compel local and national leaders step up and lead the fight against climate change. Call on your officials to join us today.NRDC
Quitting junk mail is one way to curtail the flow of trash in and out of your home.Washington Post
In Colorado, the wind power generation saved 4 billion gallons of water that coal and gas plants would have used and avoided 8 million metric tons of carbon dioxide.COLORADO SPRINGS GAZETTE
In addition to lowering your carbon footprint, electric vehicles are more affordable to run, have lower maintenance costs, and tax incentives can reduce the purchase price.My EV
Get the same bill, same service, and maintain the same reliability but the source will be clean energy.CleanChoice Energy
Where does the 300 gallons of water/day average American family uses, comes from? Learn more from this state wise list including how it is being protected.Water Conservation
More than 1,200 global companies are adopting carbon pricing. Microsoft instituted their fee on carbon in 2012 and has since reduced emissions by more than 9.6 million metric tons.WASHINGTON POST
440 companies are taking science-based climate action and 122 companies have approved science-based targets. Make a commitment now.SCIENCE BASED TARGETS
What is the truth about climate change? What are the consequences? How can we mitigate it? And, ultimately, how do we adapt to what we can no longer change?
Extreme weather events such as droughts, wildfires and hurricanes are all occurring more frequently and at a higher intensity due to climate change. This video explores extreme weather and how we can adapt to become more resilient to these increasingly catastrophic events.
Kids can take small actions at home and at school to help protect our planet. They might even teach their parents a thing or two..!
Illustrations by Kathleen Founds