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CLIMATE CHANGE FACTS AND WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT

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These climate change facts will give you a better idea of the state of our planet, will inspire you to be more conscious and give you tips on what you can do to help.

HUMAN ACTIVITIES RESPONSIBLE FOR CLIMATE CHANGE

Over 95 percent of climate scientists agree that human activity is the cause for climate change - this type of climate change is referred to as anthropogenic climate change. The burning of coal and petroleum, which releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, is the greatest anthropogenic contributor to climate change, followed by deforestation.

Do your part: Be mindful about where and how the products you use are made. Try to purchase your goods from ethical and local business and educate yourself on how to shop organic, when possible.

CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE

In November, 2015, nearly 200 countries came together in Paris to discuss climate change. The resulting pact was the first to commit all countries to cut carbon emissions. The key measures of the agreement include limiting the global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees celsius, reviewing progress every five years, and contributing $100 billion a year in climate finance to developing countries by 2020.

Do your part: Volunteer with local environmental conservation, recycle, ride a bike and walk as much as possible.

MANY COUNTRIES ARE TAKING MAJOR STEPS TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE

Several countries are taking climate change into their own hands and instituting laws, programs, and initiatives to reduce their environmental impact. For instance, countries like Spain, Germany and Ireland are making their major cities car-free, Denmark recently broke the world record for wind power, and France is mandating all new buildings to include green roofs.

Do your part: Go vegetarian once a week.

REDUCING CLIMATE CHANGE CONTRIBUTORS CAN HAVE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON HEALTH

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions can improve lung function and reduce cases of chronic bronchitis and asthma. Over time, these health benefits could positively impact the economy, since reducing emissions also reduces the incidence of health problems related to these emissions. A team of scientists at the Berkeley Lab, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, RAND Corp., and the University of Washington calculated that the economic benefit of reduced health impacts from greenhouse gas reduction strategies in the U.S. range between $6 and $14 billion annually in 2020.

Do your part: Start reducing emissions by joining a carpool or car share.

The earth is our home is up to us to care and nourish it, as well as being responsible for the consequences of our actions, it is never too late to start to care for our beautiful planet, let's be the change that the earth needs.