There is unprecedented scientific consensus that climate change is real, present and caused by human activity. The International Panel on Climate Change warns that, without intervention, temperatures may increase more than 10°F by the end of this century. As the world grows hotter, water resources will become scarcer and more seasonal. Increasingly frequent heat waves will be accompanied by intense storms, dangerous floods and severe drought.
As the president said in June 2013, we "don't have time for a meeting of the Flat Earth Society". We couldn't agree more. President Obama also asked if we have "the courage to act before it's too late". We think we do and that's why Clean Water Action and our million members are committed to working with the president, with Congress and State Legislatures...with anyone who is willing to join us to combat climate change before it's too late.
We have “kicked the can” down the road and the problems have become more severe and more urgent. Our main energy source remains dirty fossil fuels which drive climate change while threatening water resources and public health. Climate change itself also poses severe risks to public health and water resources. We can and must act now to curb climate change, end the massive taxpayer subsidies given to oil and gas companies, and create a clean energy future.
Solutions for a Clean Energy Future
The IPCC warns that we must decrease our greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050 in order to avoid the worst effects of climate change. We can reach this goal by developing a new energy economy and implementing effective and supportive policies. We must:
Clean Water Action is part of the solution on the local, state and national levels. Some of the key issues we work on:
Read our letter to Secretary of State John Kerry about addressing climate change.