Climate change campaigning

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A father and his child enjoying the sunset
© © Frank PARHIZGAR / WWF-Canada
Climate change is the biggest issue facing the planet. People, species and our precious environment are all at risk
Rising temperatures are caused by increased greenhouse gas emissions and human activities are to blame.

Climate change effects animal species, causes more frequent droughts and storms, raises sea levels, and damages precious ecosystems such as coral reefs. These changes are already under way around the world.

WWF is working to cut global greenhouse gas emissions, in order to reduce these harmful effects on people and nature.

Most of the technology needed for a low-carbon future already exists. What is needed is strong action by governments, industries and individuals.

Causes of Climate Change

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Sunset and clouds in the Seattle sky, Washington State, USA.
© Karin Jacobi / WWF-Canon
Climate change is caused by greenhouse gas emissions, primarily from human activity. These greenhouse gases – such as carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide – trap heat radiated from the Earth’s surface and warm the air in the atmosphere.

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Global Impacts

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The low-lying islands of Kiribati are threatened by rising sea levels and salt water incursion killing crops and trees
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Climate change affects food production, causes more frequent droughts and storms, raises sea levels, and damages precious ecosystems such as coral reefs. These changes are already under way around the world.

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New Zealand Impacts

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Mel Chambers rescues young lambs from rising water near Marton, Manawatu during floods in September 2010
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Climate change is already affecting New Zealand. The national average temperature has risen by 0.9˚C over the past century causing fewer frosts and glaciers to retreat. Predicted impacts over the next 100 years include more flooding and droughts.

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Solutions

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Child holding a small wind turbine to show that it is the solution for a sustainable future energy, Charleroi, Belgium.
© Bruno Arnold / WWF-Canon
The solution is to cut emissions and commit to a low carbon future.
Global carbon emissions need to be cut by at least 80% by 2050. WWF works in New Zealand and internationally to encourage people, businesses and governments to make these changes a priority.

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