Presentation on theme: "GLOBAL WARMING Impacts, Solutions, Actions. Why Should We Care? What Can We Do About It? Do My Actions Really Matter? Solutions and Silver Linings Why."— Presentation transcript:
GLOBAL WARMING Impacts, Solutions, Actions
Why Should We Care? What Can We Do About It? Do My Actions Really Matter? Solutions and Silver Linings Why Audubon? Photo: Bob Martinka
Why Audubon? Global warming poses the greatest threat to biological diversity in human history. Photo: Bob Martinka
Whats At Risk?
Increased Storm Frequency and Intensity IPCC Fourth Assessment Key Findings
The Economic Toll Global Warming impacts will cost 20 times more than reducing our emissions now.* * 2007 Report by British Treasury Secretary Nicholas Stern Economic Toll
100s of millions of environmental refugees in this century* Increase in air pollution Spread of tropical diseases Water shortages and contamination * United Nations Environment Program and IPCC 4 th Assessment The Human Toll
Number disagreeing with the global consensus that greenhouse gas pollution has caused most of the warming of the last 50 years: Science, December 3, 2004 Vol. 306, Issue 5702,1686 Number of scientific studies dealing with climate change published in scientific journals between 1993 and 2003:
IPCC Fourth Assessment Report Over 1,200 authors 2,500 scientific expert reviewers from more than 130 countries
The Science, the Choices, the Benefits Have Never Been More Clear
The Most Important Crossroads Of Our Lives…
We must never submit to hopelessness in the face of this bad news. Quite the contrary! Our response must be to act boldly and to act NOW. US Senator Bernie Sanders, Burlington Free Press, My Turn: We can reverse global warming February 2007 We Can Prevent the Worst Impacts But We Need Action Immediately
We Have All the Tools We Need Right Now.
We Need: Leaders P olitical… W e simply must do everything we can in our power to slow down global warming before it is too late. The science is clear. The global warming debate is over. -California Gov. Schwarzenegger Credit: John Decker
Individual - Every One of Us Can Make a Difference
Reduction Wedges We Cant Afford Business As Usual
What Do We Want?
We Want: Emissions Reduction 80% total reduction below 1990 levels by 2050
WHAT WE NEED - Cap-and-trade to cut overall emissions -A nationwide Renewable Electricity Standard to increase renewable energy use to 20% by Increase fuel efficiency for motor vehicles - Increase energy and water efficiency standards for appliances and buildings Congress must pass strong, comprehensive global warming and energy legislation. Federal Legislation
1.Limits emissions from a designated group of polluters, such as power plants. 2.Sets the limit (cap) for greenhouse gas pollution. 3.Polluters that exceed the cap need to reduce pollution. 4.Polluters that fall below the cap can sell pollution credits to other users. 5.Cap is lowered over time Cap & Trade 101
Enact Nationwide Renewable Electricity Standards (RES) 20 percent by 2020 from wind, solar, and other clean renewables
The Benefits of a 20% RES Pollution reduction equal to taking 36.4 million cars off the road Creates 185,000 new jobs $66 billion in new capital investment $25.6 billion income to farmers, ranchers, rural communities $2 billion in new local tax revenues $10 billion reduction in electric and natural gas bills (growing to $31.8 billion by 2030)
Fuel Economy Standards 35 mpg by 2020
Save 1.2 million barrels of oil a day – more than half of what we import from the Persian Gulf. Prevent 200 million metric tons of CO² pollution. Save consumers more than $25 billion at the gas pump. Save Gas, Save Money!
ENERGY STAR rated appliances save consumers 31 percent on energy bills. $24 billion spent on energy each year by the commercial building industry, which releases 18 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Saving water reduces emissions. Increase Energy & Water Efficiency Standards
What Do We Need to Do?
Pass Federal Legislation Meet Your Elected officials in their District Offices Senator Jim Jeffords (I-VT) meets with a constituent Audubon Can Help You!
Pass Federal Legislation Phone Calls: Capitol Switchboard: Mail: The Honorable ______ U.S. Senate U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC Washington, DC s: *Be sure to customize s when responding to alerts. Congress received 200 million s in 2004! Every call represents thousands of voters to a legislator.
Write letters to the editor of newspapers and magazines. Start or participate in a global warming blog. If you have a story angle, talk with local reporters. Meet with editorial writers from your local paper. Pass Federal Legislation Ask Audubon for Help
Pass Federal Legislation Join Audubons Action Center
Take Action and Vote Tell your elected representatives how important global warming solutions are to you.
Is Congress the Only Answer? NO! Early Reductions are like Early Investments in Retirement – the sooner we do it, the bigger the payoff! Individuals, Businesses, Communities Can Reduce Emissions Immediately
Individual Actions Add Up!
Educate Others to Take Action
Take Action In Your Community Work with others in your area to: Help schools, businesses, and local governments cut energy use, buy green, and invest in onsite solar energy Make Smart Growth a priority and protect open spaces, farmland, and forests
Take Action In Your Community Support Smart Growth not urban sprawl
…reduce water consumption… increase recycling and… plant and maintain trees to help reduce the urban island effect. Take Action In Your Community
Increase Energy Efficiency Incandescent Compact Fluorescent 500 lbs of Coal Whats the difference? 1,430 lbs CO 2 pollution avoided $30 saved Take Action: Increase Energy Efficiency
Replace Incandescent Bulbs Fix Weather Stripping and Caulking Stop Water Leaks Change your Thermostat Buy Local, Sustainably Produced Food Take Action At Home The Easy Stuff...
Take Action At Home A Little More Effort… I.Buy ENERGY STAR appliances II.Dry clothes on a line III.Reduce outside irrigation IV.Buy less
Drive Less; Buy Better Cars Take Action: Drive Less Leaving your car at home 2 days a week =1,590 lbs of C02 reduction per year
Take Action: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Photo: Ian Britton Reducing half your household waste = 2,400 lbs CO2 per year
Take Action At Home The Big Stuff… 1.Buy a hybrid or alternative fuel vehicle 2.Replace windows 3.Install solar or geothermal power 4.Vacation closer to home
Our Actions All Add Up 1. Help pass federal legislation to cut emissions 3. Convince others to Act 4. Vote for candidates and policies that will cut emissions 2. Reduce emissions at home, at work, at school, in your community
The Silver Linings of Taking Global Warming Action: Better air and water quality Clean energy/technology jobs Freedom from fossil fuels and pollution Secure energy independence More forests, farmland, wetlands, wildlife
everything nothing Dont let your inability to do everything be an excuse to do nothing Our Actions All Add Up