2020: The Year of Climate Action

This year is critical in determining the trajectory of our climate. Here’s how we can make a difference in 2020.

 

In 2019, Conservation International worked tirelessly around the world to ensure a healthy future for generations to come. And luckily young people like Greta Thunberg are making the environment a priority. Let’s come together to tackle climate breakdown in 2020.

 

We need to act now

In the past two years, two momentous pieces of science have come to life: Climate breakdown is unraveling ecosystems and communities around the world, and the average wildlife population has declined an astonishing 60 percent in just the last 40 years.

 

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What happens in the next 10 years — what we choose to do or not do — will fundamentally determine where we end up as a species.

So where do we start?

 
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Use your voice

Speak up for planet before it’s too late. Share the message that we need nature — and time is running out to protect it.

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Get the facts

To halt the climate breakdown, you have to get — and stay — informed. Here’s the data you need to know.

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Act now

The time for action is now. Conservation International is working tirelessly to protect the nature we need to thrive — but we can’t do it alone.

 

Reduce your impact now

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Enjoy a nice beefsteak (tomato)

Go meat-free — especially avoiding beef — one day each week. Beef is not great for the planet: Production of one quarter-pound burger requires 460 gallons of water and emits 0.126 pounds of methane — a greenhouse gas roughly 25 times more potent that carbon dioxide. Globally, 14.5% of all human-caused greenhouse gas emissions are due to livestock, two thirds of which come from cattle.

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Wash your clothes in cold water

About 90% of the energy used by your washing machine goes just toward heating the water. Save that energy — and around $40 each year — by washing full loads in cold water instead. Your clothes'll get cleaned just fine in the cold (after all, that's what your eco-friendly detergent is for).

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Make standard shipping your new standard

We get it, going to store can be a hassle. But if you can’t make a pit-stop on your commute, choose wisely when you’re shopping online: Combine your orders into a single shipment and select the slowest shipping option (instead of one-day). 

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Banish bottled water

Producing just one plastic bottle of water — including transporting and refrigerating it — requires 2,000 times as much energy as producing the same amount of tap water. Also: It creates massive amounts of plastic waste. Use a reusable bottle instead. 

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Pull the plug on your devices

Thanks to standby mode, electronic devices consume power even when they are turned off. As much as 10% of your energy bill goes toward this "phantom power" consumption. Save money — and reduce your carbon footprint — by unplugging your devices at the end of the day. 

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Work from home one day each week

It's an easy way to spare the air: You'll reduce the carbon emissions of your weekly commute by 20%. If all employees with telework-compatible jobs worked from home half the time, we could cut national greenhouse gas emissions by 54 million metric tons — the equivalent of taking nearly 10 million cars off of the road

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Protect Nature Now

We are committed to protecting nature for the benefit of everyone on Earth and 2020 will be a critical year in this effort. Join the thousands who have stepped up to protect it.