Climate change is happening and humans are causing it. The likelihood for extreme droughts and downpours is increasing. Crops yields are dropping. You have probably already noticed that your own local ecosystem is different than it was when you were a child and you're right, 2012 was by far the warmest year on record in the U.S., more than 3 degrees above the 20th century average. 2012 was also the driest year on record in the United States, and the second most extreme for droughts, wildfires, hurricanes, and storms.
While our nation grapples with the role we will take to solve the climate crisis, regions and cities play an important role in taking leadership on the local level. We as individuals and our local, state and federal governments are making choices that affect how much climate-altering gases our daily activities produce. The Loma Prieta Chapter is a leader in the climate action movement and we have a number of ways you can get involved in the local climate action movement.
- Advocate for Livable, Walkable Communities -Working with local teams of local residents, we advocate forlivable, walkable communities with easy access to public transit. Since transportation is the region's largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, reducing our dependence on cars is essential for fighting climate change. Join with others in your local city to advocate for local government action to reduce our future greenhouse gas emissions and make our local communities environmentally-friendly while improving our quality of life. Join a local Cool Cities team
- Help fight fracking in San Benito & Santa Clara Counties -Saying 'Yes' to fracking is saying 'Yes' to climate change. With the dirty petroleum reserves further from their fingertips, oil companies are switching to more extreme measures to get to it, including blasting millions of gallons of water and chemicals into the earth to bring up material we can't afford to burn. Learn more about fracking in your area and work together to stop this abusive practice. Stop Fracking in Our Community
- Reduce Your Global Warming Emissions - You can install solar photovoltaic panels on your roof through our solar homes partnership. Going solar is now more affordable than ever! Go Solar
- Educate your friends and family - Many people have heard about climate change but don't know enough about it or what to do. Use our free climate action materials, watch videos of our training series and download the training materials. Educate Others