Why it matters
our planet is heating up
The very fuels that have improved our lives for the last 200 years since the industrial revolution have added gases to our atmosphere that are now causing significant climate disruption.
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 begin to “draw down” greenhouse gases in the atmosphere that are warming the planet, putting our people, our economy, and our beautiful natural resources at increasing risk.
The Science Behind the Solutions
Earth is heating up.
It's been a gradual process that is now speeding up.
In fact, it's happening faster than scientists predicted even a few years ago.
We have data to help us see what that looks like:
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.
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".
"What's possible" depends on the choices we make
Imagine what's possible by
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...
Narrated by Morgan Freeman
Directed by Louie Schwartzberg
from the 2014 UN Climate Summit