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2 The climate change crisis and how we can solve it together Presented by: Presenter Name

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5 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

6 What is climate change? Why is it a crisis?

7 There is scientific consensus: Climate change is real, caused by people, and dangerous What is climate change?

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9 In the past 100 years we have been burning a lot of fossil fuels … What is climate change?

10 550ppm??! 275ppm Now: 400ppm What is climate change?

11 Increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere causes more heat to be trapped, raising the global temperature of the planet CO °C (1.4°F) Observed +1.6°C (2.9°F) in the pipeline +2°C (3.6°F) Why is it a crisis?

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13 565 GT CO 2 2,795 GT CO 2 Why is it a crisis?

14 What impacts are anticipated due to climate change?

15 Australia added two new colors to display its hottest areas (Jan 2013) Impacts: heat

16 More frequent droughts around the world Impacts: drought

17 … increasing in probability throughout the century Impacts: drought

18 San Diego County will face a severe water shortage Impacts: water shortages

19 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

20 In September 2012, Arctic sea ice shrank to its lowest extent on record Impacts: melting ice

21 Pedersen Glacier, Alaska 1920 Pedersen Glacier, Alaska 2005 Impacts: melting ice

22 “One of the worst natural disasters in recorded history” Pakistan (2010) Impacts: flooding

23 Flooding due to sea level rise in Tuvalu Impacts: sea level rise

24 Mission Beach By 2050 sea level will be inches higher (2008 report) Beaches will shrink and some will disappear completely Most streets will flood regularly at high tide (purple) Impacts: sea level rise

25 Hurricane Sandy cost $65B Photo from East Village (Manhattan, NYC) during Sandy Impacts: extreme storms

26 Infectious diseases and other health impacts Impacts: human health

27 Impacts to SoCal businesses & lifestyle Impacts: business / lifestyle

28 Starvation Migration Unrest War Impacts: human society

29 What are the solutions to the climate crisis?

30 Where do greenhouse gas emissions come from? EPA, 2011 Solutions

31 Solar power Solutions: electricity

32 Hydro and wind power Solutions: electricity

33 Improve vehicle efficiency Solutions: transportation

34 Stop building highways Transit infrastructure and land use changes Solutions: transportation

35 Solutions: green buildings

36 Solutions: green jobs

37 Solutions: policy

38 Putting a price on carbon Sens. Sanders & Boxer introduce the “Climate Protection Act” in Feb 2013 Solutions: policy

39 Why haven’t we acted nationally?

40 Is it because… There aren’t good technical solutions? There isn’t scientific agreement? People don’t accept climate change is real? Why haven’t we acted?

41 Californians back action on warming 64% of Californians believe action is needed to fight global warming Why haven’t we acted?

42 Is it because… There aren’t good technical solutions? There isn’t scientific agreement? People don’t accept climate change is real? Why haven’t we acted?

43 Billionaires and industry groups channeled more than $200 million to groups casting doubt on climate change from Big Oil, Gas, and Coal spent $347 million lobbying Congress from They got $20 billion in subsidies. Why haven’t we acted?

44 How is each of us part of the solution?

45 Reduce your “carbon footprint” We’re all part of the solution

46 Ride the bus or trolley We’re all part of the solution

47 Or your bicycle We’re all part of the solution

48 Or walk We’re all part of the solution

49 Conserve water We’re all part of the solution

50 Increase your home’s efficiency We’re all part of the solution

51 Green your diet We’re all part of the solution

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53 Grow your “civic footprint” itizen We’re all part of the solution

54 Let your friends, neighbors, and family know about the urgency of climate change We’re all part of the solution

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57 Public education We’re all part of the solution

58 Community Outreach We’re all part of the solution

59 Communicate with elected officials We’re all part of the solution

60 Demonstrations and rallies We’re all part of the solution

61 Form networks to amplify the message We’re all part of the solution

62 Mexico City South Africa Egypt Maldives San Diego

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


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