Earth Day and Climate Change

This week is Earth Day week and what started small in the 70s has grown as more and more Americans see the looming threat to the environment.

CHARLOTTE, NC – Most Americans say climate change is affecting their local community.

This week is Earth Day week and what started small in the 70s has grown as more and more Americans see the looming threat to the environment.

A recent UN report says we must stop increasing greenhouse gas emissions by 2025, then rapidly reduce them by 43% by the end of the decade.

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We will have to do this to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, namely extreme weather conditions like hurricanes and more frequent wildfires.

According to the Pew Research Center, most Americans also perceive an increase in extreme weather, but what can you do now?

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Experts say people need to switch to a low-carbon lifestyle, including a plant-based diet, creating less food waste and choosing renewable energy.

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The UN report shows that wind costs have fallen by 55% over the past decade, solar by 85% and the cost of electric car batteries has also fallen by 85%.

And President Biden’s Infrastructure Act commits $50 billion to address climate change-related disasters through clean energy investments.

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