The David Suzuki Foundation
- Marching Since: May 19, 2006
Climate change is considered by many scientists to be the most serious threat facing the world today. The pollutants we pump into our atmosphere are changing its composition and preventing heat from escaping the earth’s surface. Today’s atmosphere contains 32 per cent more carbon dioxide, one of the main greenhouse gases, than at the start of the industrial era.
The result is climate change: altered long-term weather patterns. Global warming, a rise in the average global temperature, is one measure of climate change. And it has already begun – global average temperature has risen by almost 1 degree Celsius since 1900, and the northern hemisphere is substantially warmer than at any point during the past 1000 years. Burning fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas is largely responsible for climate change. Deforestation and modern intensive farming methods also contribute to the problem. Solutions to climate change include phasing out coal plants, expanding renewable energy sources and public transit, and creating new efficiency standards for vehicles and buildings. Please join us and march.