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Climate Change

How You Can Make A Difference

Some people are still calling it "just a theory," but more and more evidence is accumulating every day that global climate patterns are changing as a result of rising levels of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere, with devastating effects on ecosystems around the world. As global temperatures escalate, people in different regions are facing a variety of intensifying problems, including shrinking glaciers and polar ice, drought, flooding, and more powerful and deadly tropical storms.

Climate change is not just a concern of "ecology nuts." Droughts and floods interfere with agriculture and one of our most fundamental needs: the ability to feed ourselves. For some of us, all this means is an inconvenient increase in the price of our favorite fresh vegetables. But for millions of people around the world living in poverty, one lost harvest can mean widespread famine and lead to a rapid downward spiral of disease, social upheaval, and violence.

In the face of such a complex crisis, what can one person to do help? Knowledge is power, so the first step is to learn more. Below are links to some reports on climate change, its consequences for the environment, the economy, and the poor, and steps each of us can take to make a difference.

An Inconvenient Truth Climate Crisis website

Tips on reducing your personal carbon impact, taking action locally, nationally, and internationally, and more.

Conservation International

"Life lives here. Protect the future."
A website full of informative articles.
"We all have a role in solving climate change."

Adapting to Climate Change:
"What's Needed in Poor Countries
and Who should Pay?"
An independent appraisal from Oxfam International.

IPCC Climate Change 2007:

Fourth Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panal on climate change.

The World Bank

"Working on a world free of poverty." The website contains numerous links to articles on environmental issues as they relate to poverty, development, and sustainability.

Heifer International

Heifer International is a global nonprofit organization working with local communities around the world to end hunger and poverty and care for the Earth. Check out their "Learn" and "Get Involved" pages.

If you know of other resources you'd like to add to this list, please contact Marguerite and help us keep our information up to date.

This page is maintained by Marguerite Krause

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