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Climate change The facts and what you can do

What you need to know about climate change — and how we can stop it

Anyone can tell that the weather is getting wilder and affecting us all. From floods in the UK to droughts, storms and sea-level rise displacing millions of the world's poorest people. Climate change is happening now.

Yet there are clear signs of hope.

The tide is turning faster than many politicians realise — as more and more people join together to take action.

Take Climate Action

Climate Action groups are the local solution to a global crisis.

Right now people just like you are coming together to make their towns and cities more climate-friendly.

Are you ready to join them?

Who does climate change affect?

Climate change is devastating people's lives all over the world. With drought, storms, floods, crop damage and sea-level rise, millions are fleeing their homes. And it's the world’s poorest who are hardest hit.

 

The UN Refugee Agency says climate change adds to many of today’s conflicts — from Darfur to Somalia to Iraq and Syria.

The effects will get worse as temperatures rise further. So we must cut greenhouse gas emissions to stop temperatures rising.

People also need protection from the climate change we can no longer avoid. That means financial support for developing countries and legal protection for climate refugees.

What causes climate change?

Our planet is warmer now than at any point in the past 800,000 years, and heating fast. This is mainly a result of the huge increase in the amount of coal, oil and gas we’ve been burning since the industrial revolution, pumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

Other things contribute too, such as deforestation, which means trees absorb less of these gases; and other greenhouse gases such as methane from cows.

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Our Climate Action Plan

We want communities where children can play outside and breathe clean air; warm homes that don’t cost the earth to heat; access to nature wherever we live; better food that’s good for us; and greener jobs for everyone.

That’s why we’re calling on the UK government to urgently adopt our Climate Action Plan.