Carbon dioxide is a heat-trapping gas in our atmosphere. In the past two hundred years, levels of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere have skyrocketed to dangerous levels unprecedented in the history of human civilization. This is happening as a result of human activity—mainly burning coal, oil, and natural gas for transportation and energy, as well as emissions from big-scale agricultural processes.
What can carbon dioxide do to you?
Carbon dioxide from human activity is a major contributor to climate change. Although not harmful in and of itself, its unchecked release into the atmosphere is polluting our climate and is a grave global health threat. Reducing carbon dioxide emissions is essential to fighting climate change and safeguarding the health and future of our children.
What you can do.
The 116th Congress has introduced several bills from both sides of the aisle to address climate pollution. That’s good news, because we need legislative solutions. Now we have to keep the pressure on—it’s up to us to build momentum for climate action.
It is unlikely that only one law will be able to stop massive climate pollution. But it is imperative that we keep demanding legislative solutions.
However, action on climate pollution from Washington, DC, has been slow and does not address the urgency of the climate change problem. Therefore, we need our state governments to take action and reduce carbon pollution.
Find out what is happening in your state, and demand that your governor take action.
Learn more about how carbon dioxide emissions threaten our children’s health by exploring our resources.