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We know. The Earth is warming, sea levels are rising, animals are starving, forests are burning. But what the heck can we, as individuals, do about it?

A lot.

We can’t do it alone, but if each of us makes the effort and takes it “one CO2 molecule at a time” we can begin to do the necessary work of fighting climate change.

The amount of CO2 in the atmosphere is now so great that the Earth is committed to a certain amount of climate change even if we stopped all fossil fuel production right this instant.

That said, there is still time to ward off the worst impacts. Study after study shows that by cutting our emissions now to levels targeted in the Paris Agreement, we can save most of our treasured trees, waterways, animals, ward off more disease and maintain a decent quality of life.

We can leave a hospitable world for future generations to enjoy.  But only if we act now.

With “What Can I Do About Climate Change?”, we’ll offer both simple and surprising ways you can help prevent or adapt to climate change. We’ll look at solutions in transportation, energy, and food, but also things like optimism, kindness and community. We aim to inform and inspire you to action, not despair.

Kat Kerlin is an environmental science writer and media relations specialist at UC Davis. She’s the editor of the Science & Climate website and its “What Can I Do About Climate Change?” blog. @UCDavis_Kerlin

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