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The climate change crisis

and how we can solve it

together

Presented by: Presenter Name


  • What is climate change and why is it a crisis?

  • What impacts are anticipated from climate change?

  • What are the solutions to the crisis?

  • Why haven’t we acted yet?

  • How is each of us part of the solution?

Overview


What is climate change?

Why is it a crisis?


  • There is scientific consensus:

  • Climate change is real, caused by people, and dangerous

What is climate change?


What is climate change?


In the past 100 years we have been burning a lot of fossil fuels …

What is climate change?


Now: 400ppm

550ppm??!

275ppm

What is climate change?


Increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere causes more heat to be trapped, raising the

global temperature of the planet

+2°C (3.6°F)

+1.6°C (2.9°F)

in the pipeline

CO2

CO2

CO2

+0.8°C (1.4°F)

Observed

CO2

CO2

CO2

CO2

Why is it a crisis?


Why is it a crisis?


565 GT CO2

2,795 GT CO2

Why is it a crisis?


What impacts are anticipated due to

climate change?


Australia added two new colors to display

its hottest areas (Jan 2013)

Impacts: heat


More frequent droughts around the world

Impacts: drought


… increasing in probability throughout the century

Impacts: drought


San Diego County will face a severe water shortage

Impacts: water shortages


And in San Diego County…

In 2003 and 2007, wildfires burned nearly 740,000 acres.

Fire on Mt. San Miguel, 2007 (Photo: Nathan Gibbs, KPBS)

Impacts: wildfires


In September 2012, Arctic sea ice shrank to

its lowest extent on record

Impacts: melting ice


Pedersen Glacier, Alaska 1920

Pedersen Glacier, Alaska 2005

Impacts: melting ice


“One of the worst natural disasters in recorded history” Pakistan (2010)

Impacts: flooding


Flooding due to sea level rise in Tuvalu

Impacts: sea level rise


  • Mission Beach

  • By 2050 sea level will be 12-18 inches higher (2008 report)

  • Beaches will shrink and some will disappear completely

  • Most streets will flood regularlyat high tide (purple)

Impacts: sea level rise


Hurricane Sandy cost $65B

Photo from East Village (Manhattan, NYC) during Sandy

Impacts: extreme storms


Infectious diseases and other health impacts

Impacts: human health


Impacts to SoCal businesses & lifestyle

Impacts: business / lifestyle


Starvation Migration Unrest War

Impacts: human society


What are the solutions to the climate crisis?


Where do greenhouse gas emissions come from?

EPA, 2011

Solutions


Solar power

Solutions: electricity


Hydro and wind power

Solutions: electricity


Improve vehicle efficiency

Solutions: transportation


Transit infrastructure and land use changes

Stop building highways

Solutions: transportation


Solutions: green buildings


Solutions: green jobs


Solutions: policy


Putting a price on carbon

Sens. Sanders & Boxer introduce the “Climate Protection Act” in Feb 2013

Solutions: policy


Why haven’t we acted nationally?


  • Is it because…

  • There isn’t scientific agreement?

  • There aren’t good technical solutions?

  • People don’t accept climate change is real?

Why haven’t we acted?


Californians back action on warming

64% of Californians believe action is needed to fight global warming

Why haven’t we acted?


  • Is it because…

  • There isn’t scientific agreement?

  • There aren’t good technical solutions?

  • People don’t accept climate change is real?

Why haven’t we acted?


Billionaires and industry groups channeled more than $200 million to groups casting doubt on climate change from 2002-2011.

Big Oil, Gas, and Coal spent $347 million lobbying Congress from 2009-2010.

They got $20 billion in subsidies.

Why haven’t we acted?


How is each of us part of the solution?


Reduce your “carbon footprint”

We’re all part of the solution


Ride the bus or trolley

We’re all part of the solution


Or your bicycle

We’re all part of the solution


Or walk

We’re all part of the solution


Conserve water

We’re all part of the solution


Increase your home’s efficiency

We’re all part of the solution


Green your diet

We’re all part of the solution


We’re all part of the solution


Grow your “civic footprint”

itizen

We’re all part of the solution


Let your friends, neighbors, and family know about the urgency of climate change

We’re all part of the solution


We’re all part of the solution


Public education

We’re all part of the solution


Community Outreach

We’re all part of the solution


Communicate with elected officials

We’re all part of the solution


Demonstrations and rallies

We’re all part of the solution


Form networks to amplify the message

We’re all part of the solution


Mexico City

South Africa

Maldives

San Diego

Egypt


Please visit us online for climate news, events and activities in San Diego

www.sandiego350.org


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