This Is What Doing Nothing About Climate Change Looks Like email Email Linkfacebook Share on Facebooktwitter Share on Twitter Doing nothing – to cut climate pollution before the impacts of global warming overwhelm human civilization – is exactly what polluters want us to do. We can't afford to do nothing. There are actions we can take to reverse climate change today. Take Action NowPresident Trump has rolled back or eliminated over 85 environmental rules and regulations, according to a New York Times analysis. These rollbacks will increase air pollution and lead to thousands of health issues and deaths — particularly among vulnerable populations. Wildfires across the country, and especially in the West, are burning more intensely than ever before. Across the Western U.S., the average annual number of large fires each year has more than tripled since the 1970s. Children are especially vulnerable to air pollution. Air pollution causes an increase in asthma attacks and missed school days. Natural gas is one of the main sources of energy in the US, but it is leaking into our air at every stage of development. Millions of children are at risk of exposure to pollution. The recent boom in natural gas production, fueled by fracking, puts thousands of communities in close contact with intensive industrial activity. Our kids live, learn, and play in those communities with toxic air emissions and significant health risks. Ethane “cracker plants” are industrial facilities that create the building blocks for plastics manufacturing. They also create air pollution that harms our health and makes climate change worse. There are nearly 30 ethane cracker plants in the US. An additional five new plants are planned to be up and running by the end of 2019, with another two more by 2021. Diesel exhaust, from trucks and cars, is a known human carcinogen. Tiny particles of pollution in diesel exhaust, which often include toxic metals and chemicals, can lodge deep in the lungs and cause irritation. Families living close to highways, ports, train lines, or truck stops may be especially vulnerable to high levels of diesel exhaust. Bushfires around the world are increasing in frequency and duration. A brave woman in Australia risked her life to save a koala bear from a fire in New South Wales. EPA head Andrew Wheeler has proposed a plan to gut an existing rule that limits methane pollution from new and modified natural gas facilities. Methane makes up 25% of global climate pollution and contributes to our climate crisis. President Trump and EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler are actively fighting to undermine, weaken, and ultimately unravel the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. Implemented in 2012, these standards give us a lifesaving, effective pollution prevention program that specifically protects pregnant women and babies from harm from the brain-damaging heavy metal mercury—along with other terrible poisons.