August 12, 2021

The New Report on Climate Change is Dire. What Can I Do About It?

Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

The scientific assessment released this week by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded that, thanks to a continued rise in global temperatures, we can expect more wildfires, floods, heat waves and water shortages over the next 30 years. Even if nations manage to impose the strongest cuts to greenhouse gas emissions, the planet is all but certain to exceed the 2015 Paris climate agreement’s more ambitious goal of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit).

Desperate as the situation sounds, the last thing climate experts and policymakers want is for people to feel so hopeless that they give up and tune out, Kate Konschnik, director of the Nicholas Institute's Climate and Energy Program, told the Los Angeles Times. The newspaper asked several climate experts, including Konschnik, about actions we can take to help reduce our climate impact.