Act On Climate

Climate change is a serious threat to the health and welfare of American families. We're taking common-sense action to reduce carbon pollution and promote a cleaner energy economy. Meanwhile, many families, communities, businesses, and states are taking action to reduce carbon pollution. For Earth Month, we're sharing 30 tips to help you act on climate. Help us spread the word! Repin these tips and share them with your friends and family.
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Clean energy is growing in Ohio - Administrator Gina McCarthy recently visited the Buckeye state to learn how colleges, universities and businesses are driving clean energy innovation. http://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/day-life-epa-administrator

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Our reports show automakers continue to beat vehicle GHG standards. All the details: http://www3.epa.gov/otaq/climate/ghg-report.htm

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"This agreement will be seen as a historic moment, a time when the world came together, turned the corner and decided we would put words into action and embrace one our greatest challenges, combating the threat of climate change." - Administrator Gina McCarthy #ParisAgreement #COP21

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“If we stay on the current carbon course, the world facing our children & grandchildren will be more chaotic & marked by extreme weather events such as the severe droughts, wildfires and flooding that recently ravaged CO. The stakes are high for our kids, including my 8-year-old daughter, Rosie. There are some who say we can't afford to move to a clean energy future. The reality is we can't afford not to. There is too much at stake.” – John Friedrich, father, Lake Tahoe, CA #ActOnClimate #CO...

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“At Kamanu Composites we build carbon fiber outrigger canoes, an inherently energy intensive process. Because we build products that are to be used in our Hawaiian oceans, which are vulnerable to the effects of climate -- like acidification and sea level rise -- mitigating some of our greenhouse gases by running our shop off renewable energy was an easy first step to make on our journey towards sustainable manufacturing.” –Luke Evslin, Kamanu Composites, Kailua, HI #ActOnClimate #COP21

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Clean energy is growing here in the U.S., and other nations are watching. Our Clean Power Plan is helping lead the way on global climate action. #ActOnClimate #COP21

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"Climate change is the defining factor in the lives of our K-12 population. They will re-engineer the world economically & socially, & determine how we use our natural resources. To fail to educate today's young people about the climate crisis & its driving factors is like deciding to no longer teach math & language arts. My life's work is to inspire this generation so they reconnect to the earth & our complete reliance on her well-being." Angela Whittaker, Teacher, Rice, VA #ActOnClimate #C...

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Administrator McCarthy‘s speech this morning at #COP21 covers everything you need to know about the steps the U.S. is taking to fight climate change – they’re rooted in science, codified in our laws, and supported by our citizens.

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U.S. states are showing the path to a clean energy future. #ActOnClimate #COP21

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“The Tribe is working on climate change impacts that are here now. For example, we have seen toxic blue green algae blooms in the Mad River for the last 4 years running. Traditionally beautiful swimming and fishing areas are now suspect. I want a predictable future, and when my son comes to me with his worries about the climate of his future (and the future of good swimming holes), I can say ‘sweetheart, I’m working on it.’” – Jana Ganion, Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe, Blue Lake, CA #ActOnClima...

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Administrator Gina McCarthy is in Paris all of this week for the #COP21 climate talks. How's it going so far? She says: "In the conversations I've been having, there's been a lot of excitement, optimism and commitment for global action. We know we need to act -- to preserve the planet for the next generations, to protect our health and our national security, and to keep our economies growing and moving forward."

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"As a dog-mushing enthusiast, I have already begun to see changes in the Minnesota winters I enjoy with my dogs, & more dramatic changes are predicted for coming years. Every human on the planet has places that are important to them, & though the type, magnitude & severity of the projected impacts differ, climate change is an issue that affects us all. I educate & empower young people to address the challenges of climate change." – Craig Johnson, Teacher, Apple Valley, MN #ActOnClimate #COP2...

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“We have growing concerns about how climate change will impact our environment, like how it will impact the salmon, flooding of the lower village, & ocean warming & acidification that will affect the razor clams that we rely on for subsistence. We need to take action now in order to mitigate and adapt to current and future changes, so we can move forward without losing the traditions and lifestyles the Quinault people know.” – Carolyn Kelly, Quinault Nation, Taholah, WA #ActonClimate #COP21

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"As a parent it is heartbreaking to see your three asthmatic children struggling to breathe every day. When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters. We were fortunate in that we could pick up and relocate to escape poor air quality. But there are many families that do not have that option. Reducing carbon pollution is not just about protecting my family’s health but putting healthy air safeguards in place to protect all families.” –Laura Kellogg, Mother, Wilmington, NC #ActOnClimate #COP21

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“When it comes to big challenges, some say: ‘It takes a village.’ In the case of climate change, it will take the world community. We can succeed in the fight against climate change if we all step up and do our part.” – Arianne Bennet, Amsterdam Falafel Shop, Washington, DC #ActOnClimate #COP21

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“The implications for the future are quite dire, not just for polar bears or what is happening in the ice melt. It’s really about our kids, and their future. Climate change is a personal issue, and people need to get personally engaged in it.” –Administrator Gina McCarthy #ActOnClimate #COP21

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President Obama has worked closely with Brazil’s President Rousseff to #ActOnClimate. In April of 2015, the two nations reached an agreement to protect and restore their forests, which help to keep carbon pollution out of the atmosphere. #ActOnClimate #COP21

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Under our Clean Power Plan, clean energy will continue to grow, protecting our health and environment and boosting our economy. This plan helps show the way for other nations. #ActOnClimate #COP21

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“There is no reason why moving towards a low-carbon pollution strategy needs to hold back the economy.” –Administrator Gina McCarthy #ActOnClimate #COP21

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Modern economies need modern energy systems. We can grow clean energy in the U.S. and globally when we #ActOnClimate. #COP21

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In January of 2015, President Obama met with Prime Minister Modi of India in New Delhi to continue their conversation about global climate action. India has already made some major commitments to #ActOnClimate, including reducing carbon pollution and growing renewable energy. #COP21

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In November of 2014, President Obama reached a historic agreement with President Xi of China to #ActOnClimate. Under the agreement, both the U.S. and China will reduce carbon pollution, leading the way for other nations to join the fight against climate change. #COP21

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“The cost of renewables has gone down in a way that nobody projected. No one. So you now have solar that is competitive even against natural gas in some areas. You have solar arrays that are a million panels, and they are large megawatt facilities that are integrating themselves into the market in ways that nobody ever expected or predicted before.” –Administrator Gina McCarthy #ActOnClimate #COP21

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Clean energy is strengthening our country’s economy. A global climate agreement in Paris can help keep clean energy growing, both here and abroad. #ActOnClimate #COP21

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