The consequences of global warming are here today. From sea level rise and flooding on the East Coast to wildfires and drought in the Rocky Mountain West, communities around the country are confronting the growing consequences of global warming.

The science shows that global warming results from too much carbon in the atmosphere, released when we use gasoline to drive our cars or burn coal, oil, or gas to heat our homes and power our lives. The fossil fuel industry continues to try to confuse the public about the real science of climate change, and Congress has dragged its feet on the issue. But UCS is fighting back, working with state and local leaders across the country who are rolling up their sleeves to reduce global warming emissions and to make our communities stronger, safer, and more resilient to the consequences of climate change.

Here’s how you can help!

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Take action in your life

Reduce your personal contribution to global warming and set an example for others by using less gasoline, natural gas, oil, and electricity (especially electricity generated from coal-fired power plants) in your daily life. Here are three suggestions:

  • Reduce the amount of gas you burn by choosing a fuel-efficient car or other transportation that uses less (or no) fossil fuel per person, such as trains, subways, and buses; car pools; walking; and biking.
  • Buy efficient appliances that use less electricity. Look for the Energy Star, awarded by the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Reduce every day electrical use. Develop a plan to reduce daily electricity use around your home. Ask each member of your household to take responsibility for a different electricity-saving action, such as turning off lights when leaving the room, unplugging appliances when they are not in use, using compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), and only running dishwashers or washing machines with full loads.

 

We Need Your Support
to Make Change Happen

We can reduce global warming emissions and ensure communities have the resources they need to withstand the effects of climate change—but not without you. Your generous support helps develop science-based solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future.