The stakes are simply too high for Americans today, and for future generations. We need to act on climate now.

THE IMPACTS

Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree: Man-made climate change is a reality. In early 2014, two landmark reports spelled out the reality of the challenge we face. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the National Climate Assessment both showed that, left unchecked, climate change has the potential to affect Americans everywhere—no matter where they live.

The Details

  • Every region of the United States is already experiencing the effects of climate change.
  • If we don't act to curb current global emissions, they could lead to a global temperature increase of over 4 degrees Celsius (7.2 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2100—a scenario widely considered a global catastrophe, contributing to extreme weather, food and water shortage, and global instability.
  • Carbon pollution causing climate change is responsible for air that can be unhealthy to breathe, contributing to health risks for many children. Over the past three decades, the percentage of Americans with asthma has more than doubled and climate change is putting those Americans at greater risk of landing in the hospital.


Its time to act on Climate Change

AFFECTING AMERICANS TODAY

The statistics lay out the seriousness of this challenge, but they don't tell the whole story. Organizing for Action is dedicated to collecting and amplifying the stories of regular Americans who are already feeling the effects of the extreme weather that climate change could bring: droughts, rising sea levels, major storms, hurricanes, wildfire, and other environmental catastrophes.

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