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Climate Change/Global Warming
Use this guide to find information about the causes and consequences of global warming and climate change, research and news updates, and proactive measures to take to reduce the effects.
"Driving a car, using electricity to light and heat your home, and throwing away garbage all lead to greenhouse gas emissions. You can reduce emissions through simple actions like changing a light bulb, powering down electronics, using less water, and recycling. This site provides more than 25 easy steps you can take at Home, School, the Office, and On the Road to protect the climate, reduce air pollution, and save money. Take action today! Small steps add up, if we all do our part."
"We work with government, business and individuals to conserve our environment by providing science-based research, education and policy work, and acting as a catalyst for the change that today's situation demands."
What can you -- just one concerned person -- do about global warming? From the New York Times
Along with individual efforts to reduce carbon use that causes global warming and climate change , political action is also considered to be a critical part of the solution. The following are local and national organizations to contact:
"The Ecology Center is a membership-based, nonprofit environmental organization based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Founded by community activists after the country's first Earth Day in 1970, the Ecology Center is now a regional leader that works for a safe and healthy environment where people live, work, and play."
"The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) is working in partnership with local health departments, researchers, and decision-makers to address the adverse human health impacts of climate change."
"Rainforest Action Network campaigns for the forests, their inhabitants and the natural systems that sustain life by transforming the global marketplace through education, grassroots organizing and non-violent direct action."
This Showtime documentary series explores the human impact of climate change. It combines storytelling styles of movie makers with the expertise of the brightest stars and respected journalists. It weaves together episodes dealing with savage wildfires in the West, rising sea levels in Bangladesh, and competition for water in the Middle East.
"You can use the following online calculator to get a rough “ballpark” estimate of your personal or family’s greenhouse gas emissions and explore the impact of taking various actions to reduce your emissions."