"The dramatic impacts of climate change have exposed with devastating clarity, how integral a healthy environment is to the enjoyment of all our other rights. "

- Agnes Callamard ,
Secretary General of Amnesty International

what is climate change?

Earth’s climate has always been in a state of constant change, with periodic fluctuations of global temperatures and geo-zones.

However, the current period of change that we are experiencing today is occurring more rapidly than any past events in geological history. It is evident by the observation of concrete evidence that humanity is responsible for the majority of the last century’s warming by our excessive release of heat-trapping gasses – also known as greenhouse gases.

Greenhouse gases are produced to power our modern lives, through burning fossil fuels, agriculture and land-use – which ultimately drives climate change. We are now seeing record-level greenhouse gas levels in the last 800,000 years. This sudden rise is a significant problem because the climate is now changing faster than living beings are able to adapt for.

We are already beginning to see the growing consequences of climate change in the form of:

  • Increasing global temperatures
  • Extreme weather events
  • Rising Sea levels
  • Shifting wildlife populations & habitats

what evidence do we have?

Rising Global Temperatures

The planet average surface temperature has risen by 1 °C only since the late 19th century. Most of the warming occurred in the last 40 years.

Warming Oceans

Most of the planet's heat energy is stored inside our oceans. Since 1969, the ocean as a whole has showed a warming of 0.33°C .

Shrinking Ice Sheets

The Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets have decreased in mass, losing an average of 279 billion tons and 148 billion tons per year respectively since 1993.

Glacial Retreats

Glaciers are retreating almost everywhere around the world — including in the Alps, Himalayas, Andes, Rockies, Alaska, and Africa.

Decreased Snow Cover

Satellite observations reveal that the amount of spring snow cover in the Northern Hemisphere has decreased significantly over the past five decades.

Sea Level Rise

Global sea level rose about 8 inches (20 centimeters) in the last century. The rate in the last two decades, however, is nearly double that of the last century and accelerating slightly every year.

Extreme Weather Events

The number of record high temperature events around the world has been increasing, while the number of record low temperature events has been decreasing, since 1950.

Ocean Acidification

Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the acidity of surface ocean waters has increased by about 30%. This affects not only sealife, but also oceanic currents that controls much of global weather.

how to reduce emissions?

Your Lifestyle

See what lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your carbon output. Use our lifestyle calculator to know exactly how much carbon your lifestyle creates.

Your Finances

Your carbon output goes beyond just lifestyle changes.  Your pension and investment funds contribute to your carbon emission output.

Offsetting Projects

Learn about sustainable projects across the globe where you can donate and offset towards your personal carbon output levels.

take action now

A sustainable lifestyle begins with adapting your habits to reduce your carbon footprint. However, if you want to have a positive impact NOW, offsetting your carbon footprint is the way to go!