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Why it matters 

our planet is heating up

It's been a gradual process that's now speeding up. In fact, it's happening faster than scientists predicted even a few years ago. 

We have data that helps us see what this looks like:

 

The very fuels that have improved our lives for the last 200 years since the industrial revolution have added excessive greenhouse gases to our earth's thin atmosphere. This is the main cause of the climate disruption being experienced everywhere on earth.

We're seeing the impacts right here: longer, hotter summers, increased fire danger, rising sea and bay levels, worsening air quality, prolonged droughts, challenges to our agricultural communities, and threats the Bay Area's infrastructure. 

The major cause is our use of fossil fuels - gasoline in our vehicles, diesel in trucks and trains and generators, and the gas that we use to warm our buildings, heat our water, and cook our food.

But we can do something about it.

In order to avoid the worst impacts of climate disruption, we need to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 80% no later than 2030 and be "fossil-free by '33”.

To get there, we need to do two things:  

                 ~ stop using fossil fuels in our buildings and our vehicles, and

                 ~"draw down” greenhouse gases that are already in the atmosphere.

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This graphic from NASA tells a story of natural fluctuations in global temperatures. But things have shifted over the last century.

We're seeing the impacts right here: longer, hotter summers, increased fire danger, rising sea and bay levels, worsening air quality, prolonged droughts, challenges to our farm communities, and the Bay Area's infrastructure. 

The Science Behind the Solutions

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Climate Solutions 101: six short videos

These videos from Project Drawdown average 15 minutes each, and tell the story of how the solutions that already exist can be implemented right where we live, from "Setting the Stage" to "Making It Happen". 

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"What's possible" depends on the choices we make

Imagine what's possible by 

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2030

Actions we take now will help all of us by improving our health and the air we breathe, improving our economy and our own pocketbooks, and making our communities more resilient, while also "doing a solid" for the planet. So imagine what's possible and how easy those actions could be...

No, really...see
"What's Possible"

Narrated by Morgan Freeman 
Directed by Louie Schwartzberg

from the 2014 UN Climate Summit

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