Climate change is real, man-made, and happening now. The stakes are too high not to act.LET'S GO
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.
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.
The greatest obstacles we face in the fight against climate change aren’t technological or economic—they are political.
CLIMATE CHANGE DENIERS
More than 130 members of Congress still refuse to acknowledge the scientific reality of climate change, and their denial is costing us time we can’t afford to waste. Organizing for Action is putting unprecedented pressure on climate change deniers in Congress, demanding a recognition of the facts, and changing the conversation about climate change.
OFA supporters aren't letting deniers try to continue a settled debate—read about the climate change denier awards, when OFA volunteers delivered unicorn trophies to deniers' offices in “honor” of their fantasy-like views on climate science.Fight the deniers
THE CLEAN POWER PLAN
The President has announced a new set of carbon pollution standards on new and existing power plants—a monumental step toward reducing the carbon pollution the United States generates.
His plan will reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants 32% below a 2005 baseline by 2030. That's a big deal—The New York Times called the President's climate proposal “the strongest action ever taken by an American president to tackle climate change.”Stand with the President
SWITCH TO CLEAN
We don't need to choose between clean air and a strong economy. President Obama's plan means more investments in solar, wind, and other forms of renewable energy. This investment will grow our economy and strengthen our communities, while also helping combat the effects of climate change.
Since 2008, the cost of solar panels has dropped 75%. As of last year, more than 173,000 Americans worked in the solar industry, and there is now enough solar power produced in the United States to power 4 million homes.
And it's not just solar power that's been making gains since President Obama took office. The wind power capacity of the United States has tripled since 2008, and today, nearly 50 thousand wind turbines across the country generate enough electricity to power 18 million homes.
We're also becoming more efficient in our use of that energy. New energy efficiency measures help lower the amount of energy Americans need to power our homes and businesses. These measures are cutting costs and putting money back into the pockets of American consumers and business owners. In the past few years, the new efficiency standards announced by the Department of Energy will save consumers more than $60 billion by 2030.Commit to switch
President Obama: Show your support for the Clean Power Plan
The President sent a message to OFA supporters to stand with state leaders who are acting on climate.
Marching for clean power
Read how a group of organizers set out to change the hearts and minds of the American people on climate change.
Changing the conversation on climate
You don’t have to be a policy expert to make a difference. OFA volunteers are learning to make an impact in their own communities.
One organizer's story about finding inspiration to be part of the fight for change