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.
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?
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.
Get the facts
To halt the climate breakdown, you have to get — and stay — informed. Here’s the data you need to know.
Reduce your impact now
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.
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).
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.
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.