Why Do We Need to Reduce Carbon Emissions?

Human activities during the 20th century have caused the overall temperature of the global surface to increase. In particular, by burning fossil fuels, we have forced the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to rise. In order to slow climate change, we need to reduce the amount of carbon that we are emitting into the atmosphere. In order to reverse climate change and restore pre-industrial conditions, we need to stop emissions to enable natural processes to absorb atmospheric CO2 into oceans and land.

How Can We Reduce Carbon Emissions?

As individuals

Our daily activities and choices impact how much carbon we emit on an individual basis.

As a community

Local governmental policies and neighborhood designs impact how much carbon communities emit on a daily basis.

As a nation
Federal policies and national infrastructure impact how much carbon our country emits.