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EditPhoto Description:Climate change is reshaping human civilization. How we respond will determine the future of our species.
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Our food system, our economies, our cities and our communities — they’re all adapted to the climate we currently live in.

But what if the climate changes too fast for us to keep up?

The fate of the one and only planet we’ve ever called home is uncertain. It is in everyone's interest to come together to address the challenges we face.


Why is our climate important?

Climate Stability

Carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases occur naturally, trapping heat in the atmosphere and keeping Earth’s climate stable. But human activities over the last few centuries have released greenhouse gases at levels that are destabilizing the climate. In 2013, CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere hit 400 parts per million — the highest they’ve been in 3 million years.

Protection from Storms

From big cities to small communities, 50% of the global population lives near the coast — and they are all at risk from destructive storms and surges, which will become more frequent with the changing climate and sea level rise.

Water We Drink

Everyone deserves access to fresh water, but climate change will cause some areas to become too dry, leading to prolonged droughts. By one estimate, climate impacts will result in up to a 50% decline in water availability in many areas, causing irreparable losses to livelihoods and potential conflicts over water use. Other areas will be too wet — and could face increased incidence of devastating floods.

Food We Eat

Scientists estimate that, by 2050, global demand for food will nearly double. Yet the latest research shows that climate change is already disrupting growing seasons in many parts of the world, and the situation will only get worse. We need to use our water and land more efficiently if we are going to rise to the challenge of feeding everyone who lives on a warming planet.

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The burning of fossil fuels is the #1 source of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions. If emissions continue to rise, we’ll be locked in to devastating rises in temperature. A more diversified, cleaner energy portfolio and increased energy efficiency are critical steps toward reducing our emissions.


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About 50% of the global population lives near the coast. But habitat destruction and land use changes are degrading and destroying wetlands and coastal forests — the natural buffers that help protect coastal areas against storm surges, rising sea levels and erosion.


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EditText:Deforestation and land use change
Massive amounts of carbon are stored in tropical forests. When we destroy these areas to clear land for ranches or farms, that carbon gets released into the atmosphere and accelerates climate change. Studies show that deforestation accounts for 11% of all human-caused greenhouse gas emissions.


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    Global contributions to climate finance fall severely short of what is needed — even though it would only take an estimated US$ 70 billion per year (less than 0.1% of global GDP) to make the changes humanity needs to adapt to a warming world.
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    Scientists estimate that by 2050, we need to reduce worldwide emissions to at least half of their 1990 levels in order to avoid further harmful impacts from climate change. It’s an urgent challenge, and it requires an equally urgent response. Around the world, many of the most vulnerable communities are already struggling to cope with the impacts of climate change.

    CI has been pioneering ways to help communities adapt to challenges like rising sea levels, severe storms and more frequent flooding. We also develop new ways of farming that support a healthy environment, minimize climate impacts and create a better quality of life for farmers. And, in addition to on-the-ground expertise and scientific know-how, CI offers practical recommendations that policymakers need to make smart decisions.

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    EditImage Alt Text:The forest in Manú National Park. © Benjamin Drummond
    EditCaption Title:REDD+: Saving Forests to Keep Our Climate Safe
    EditCaption Description:CI helps build the global system that makes forests more valuable when standing than when cut.
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    EditImage Alt Text:Raja Ampat, Indonesia. © Burt Jones and Maurine Shimlock
    EditCaption Title:Blue Carbon: Mitigating Climate Change Along Our Coasts
    EditCaption Description:Coastal ecosystems, which include mangroves, seagrasses and tidal marshes, play a critical role in mitigating climate change.
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    EditImage Alt Text:Measuring the growth of a newly planted mangrove in a reforestation project in the Philippines. © Nandini Narayanan
    EditCaption Title:Nature Helps People Adapt to Climate Change
    EditCaption Description:CI and our partners work on the ground to help vulnerable communities face the challenges posed by climate change, such as rising sea levels, severe storms and more frequent flooding.
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    EditImage Alt Text:Moscow skyline at sunset. © Dmitry Mordvintsev
    EditCaption Title:Creating Policies That Address Climate Change
    EditCaption Description:CI offers on-the-ground expertise, scientific know-how and practical recommendations so policymakers have the information they need to make smart decisions.
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    EditImage Alt Text:Picking coffee berries. © Ingmar Zahorsky
    EditCaption Title:Helping farmers adapt to a changing climate
    EditCaption Description:CI works to find new ways of farming that support a healthy environment, minimize climate impacts and create a better quality of life for farmers.
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    EditCall to Action Description:Earth’s climate affects everyone. Your actions and your support can make a difference in how the world responds and adapts to its changing climate.
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    You can also help if you...

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    Edit Section Title:Reduce your energy consumption
    Edit Section subtitle:Look for energy efficient appliances, like ENERGY STAR products, that are independently certified to save energy.
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    Edit Section Title:Take the pledge
    Edit Section subtitle:Join thousands of others who have already committed to help protect the planet that provides every breath, every drop and every bite.
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    EditImage Alt Text:Clouds rise through Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home to the endangered mountain gorilla. © Benjamin Drummond

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