Climate Change

How You Can Help

Sometimes, when a problem is global in scale, it’s hard to believe that the actions of one person can make a difference. But even small acts of empowerment can have big results. And since so many things affect our climate, you might be surprised at all the ways you can make a difference!

Here are some things you can do right now: 

offset your carbon footprint

When you offset your carbon footprint you help to slow climate change and to save and restore critical wildlife habitat. Measure your carbon footprint right now. 

Support our research

When you donate to The Nature Conservancy, you're supporting our work to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends — and which makes up more than 30% of the solution to climate change! You can have a major impact on climate change simply by donating.

Sign the climate pledge

Sign our Climate Pledge and encourage world leaders to make good on the promises made at the 2015 Paris Climate Convention.

purchase green electricity

Voluntary buy-in to EPA-certified green power has soared with 41% annual growth rates since 2004, and one in four utilites now offering the green power upgrade option. If you haven't joined yet, it's a simple and effective way to green your home's power. Source: University of California at Berkeley's Cool Climate Network

PURCHASE AN ELECTRIC OR HYBRID VEHICLE

Americans are choosing greener vehicles--the average fuel efficiency of cars on the road in the U.S. has gone up steadily for the past 10 years. Don't get left behind in a gas guzzler! Source: University of California at Berkeley's Cool Climate Network

EAT A LOW CARBON DIET

A third of all food emissions in the United States come from red meat and dairy products, while chicken and vegetables have up to ten times smaller footprints per serving, so small diet switches can make a BIG difference. Source: University of California at Berkeley's Cool Climate Network. 

telecommute to work

Not every job is suited for telecommuting, but if you can work from home the environmental and quality-of-life perks are quite compelling! Source: University of California at Berkeley's Cool Climate Network.

Limit your use of fossil fuels

Every day you make choices about how to get to work, what temperature to set your thermostat, what products you buy, and a range of other things big and small. Many of these decisions have an impact on your “carbon footprint” – how much fossil fuel consumption, and therefore greenhouse gas emissions, result from your choices.

A wealth of information is available on low-carbon choices you can make. Biking to work instead of walking. Using more efficient light bulbs in your home. Unplugging electric devices when not in use. These actions and many others reduce your carbon footprint and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions that promote climate change.

BE MINDFUL OF YOUR OVERALL IMPACT

The fact is that every choice we make impacts the environment in some way, and increases the chances that climate change effects will impact us negatively. Share your tips for leading a sustainable lifestyle on Facebook, and read more everyday tips on how to change the world!   


About The Nature Conservancy Carbon Offset Program

Climate change and forest experts designed and implemented this program, which will produce measurable benefits to the atmosphere and meet or exceed the highest standards available today for voluntary carbon markets.

Read about the types of projects that your contribution helps to support:

Projects within the program are designed to meet or exceed the highest standards available today for voluntary carbon markets.

If you have any additional questions, concerns or comments about the standards used in the offset program, please don’t hesitate to contact us and tell us what you think about climate change, forest carbon projects and the carbon market.

 

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