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.
Nature can trap 37% of the emissions needed to stabilize warming below 2°C through 2030. By nature we mean, better management of our forests, grasslands, agricultural lands and wetlands. Thirty seven percent is 11.3 billion tons of greenhouse gas. Hear from Mark Tercek, CEO of The Nature Conservancy, on why nature is a cost-effective solution to curbing climate change.
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.
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.
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.