California Redwoods.
Unlocking the Climate Solution California Redwoods. © Getty Images

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From the Ground Up

The role of California’s natural landscape in curbing climate change

Climate action is happening right now—it’s coming from the ground up. Our science has shown us that nature is an essential solution to climate change, trapping carbon to slow future warming and defending us from the effects of warming already happening.

Climate Solutions Climate action is happening right now--it’s coming from the ground up.
Dig into the science behind how nature traps carbon.
ESRI Story Map Dig into the science behind how nature traps carbon. © TNC/ESRI

Green cities of the future

By 2050, two of every three people on Earth will live in a city. Rather than embracing nature, however, we’ve built our cities and towns to work against it. A shift to natural solutions can help cities address myriad challenges.

Making Concrete Green Pictured: A virtual rendering of a redevelopment plan to add more nature into Pershing Square in Los Angeles, as well as conceptual ideas for green walls, roofs, and balconies on the surrounding buildings.

Nature can make our infrastructure more resilient

With 90 percent of large cities located near coasts, billions of people and billions of dollars of infrastructure are directly at risk from sea-level rise. California could lose more than half of its coastal habitat to sea level rise.

Hope for the Coast 3/4 of California’s beaches are at risk from sea level rise.

But there’s hope. Our Hope for the Coast campaign provides a roadmap for California on how to take action to ensure our beaches, marshes, and tidepools will live on, if we act now.

Natural Climate Solutions are the biggest immediate opportunity to protect our planet. We can’t get to below 2 degrees Celsius without nature. We have the power to limit the temperature increases that cause climate change if we work together and make the decision to do so.

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