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“Away, away, from men and towns To the wildwood and the downs, To the silent wilderness, Where the soul need not repress its music.”

— Percy Bysshe Shelley

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“One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between man and nature shall not be broken.”

— Leo Tolstoy

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“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.”

— Franklin D. Roosevelt

Fact Sheet We Can Make a Difference!

 

  • An estimated 7 million people die each year from air pollution – and 99% of the global population breathe air that exceeds World Health Organization Guidelines.
    World Health Organization
  • Under current policy pathways, climate change could reduce U.S. GDP by 3 to 10 percent by the end of this century
    The White House
  • Humanity is not on track to keep climate change within the 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) “safe zone” — and time is almost out to change course.
    Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
  • Climate change will impact 90% of the world’s economy, with projections of an 18% loss of global domestic product by 2050 if no action is taken against it.
    Swiss Re
  • For the United States, during the period from 1990 to 2019, emissions of carbon dioxide, the primary greenhouse gas emitted by human activities, increased by 3%.
    US Energy Information Administration

Movies

Virunga follows a brave group of park rangers in their fight to preserve the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the world’s most biodiverse places and home to the Earth’s remaining mountain gorillas. It is also the most dangerous place to work in conservation. The park and its inhabitants are under constant threat from poachers, armed militia, and companies exploiting its natural resources. Tension turns to violence when the rebel group M23 overtakes much of the park. The good news is that gorilla populations have increased since 2014, and conservationists are working with villagers to build new industries and alternatives to war.

Where to WatchNetflix

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Actor and Earth Alliance co-founder Leonardo DiCaprio teams up with National Geographic to sound the alarm on climate change, with moving accounts of the rising sea levels, deforestation, and other destruction that humans have wrought. The film arms viewers with solutions, from reducing meat consumption to voting for leaders who will fight for our future. This essential primer is a great pick to educate kids or to sway skeptical friends and family members.

Where to Watch: Amazon, Google PlayDisney+

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In this Emmy-winning series, hailed as “the most important television series ever made,” journalists and celebrities such as Harrison Ford, Don Cheadle, Jessica Alba, and Thomas Friedman travel the world to interview experts on climate crisis as well as the everyday people affected by it.

This well-researched show channels its star power wisely, using celebrities to draw viewers in and shining the spotlight on scientists. Producers include director James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and veteran producers from 60 Minutes.

Where to Watch: The Roku Channel, Sling TV

Challenges

Biggest Environmental Problems Of 2022

The climate crisis is accelerating at an unprecedented rate, and we are not ready for it. While the crisis has many factors that play a role in its exacerbation, some warrant more attention than others

  • Poor governance
  • Food waste
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Plastic pollution
  • Deforestation
  • Air pollution
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Recent Successes

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NPR - Chinese conservation officials have announced that giant pandas are no longer considered an endangered species in China. The animals' status has been updated to "vulnerable", with 1,800 bears now living in the wild.

"Thanks to decades of collaboration between the Chinese government, local communities, companies and NGOs, the giant panda's future is more secure," said Colby Loucks, World Wildlife Fund's Vice President for Wildlife Conservation.

MercoPress - Humpback whale populations are strongly recovering on their feeding grounds in the South Atlantic Ocean, with high numbers of humpbacks now returning to feed at former hotspots like as South Georgia. Over 24,543 whales now estimated to use polar waters in the Scotia Arc each summer.

The resurgence follows a ban on commercial whaling in the area.

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NPR - The United States officially rejoined the Paris Agreement on climate change, which is designed to limit global warming and avoid its potentially catastrophic impacts.

Nearly 200 nations have signed on to the landmark accord and committed to limit their greenhouse gas emissions in an attempt to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius - preferably below 1.5 degrees Celsius - compared to pre-industrial temperatures. Under the terms of the agreement, the U.S. promised to reduce its emissions by about 25% by 2025 compared with 2005 levels. 

How to Get Involved

Plastic pollution can create big problems for human and ecosystem health. Everyday actions, however, can lessen the pain. You might know the 3 Rs — Reduce, Reuse, Recycle — but we suggest 3 more:

REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE … REMOVE, REFUSE, RALLY

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Without leaving home, millions of users can record the quality of the air outside their windows. Users can take readings throughout the day to track how human activity and weather patterns change the air we breathe.

Each reading will add to a global database of knowledge and understand how our world works and how we can protect it.

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.
The second best time is today.

Forests are one of our most powerful tools to combat climate change and provide food and habitat for the world's species.

But our forests are under threat. Our planet is currently losing forests at a staggering rate: We’re losing more than 18 million acres of forests every year — that’s about 27 soccer fields of forest lost every minute.

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