ENVS 2270 Chapter Notes - Chapter 7: Climate Change Adaptation, Climate Change Mitigation, Adaptive Capacity

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Climate change is a very troubling issue facing all of us. Understanding the magnitude of this problem can often lead us to feel overwhelmed and helpless. I hope this final unit will illustrate that there are solutions to this problem and that we must rise to this very important challenge. Individually there is a lot we can do. You should recall from your first assignment that there are many ways to decrease your carbon footprint. In particular there are four key areas where you can make a difference: transportation, energy, food. If you must have a fuel efficient car. Cut down (or eliminate) meat (especially red meat) from your diet. While there is much that individuals can do, the fight to reduce global warming and the impacts of climate change rely on societal and global changes. As a society, we essentially have three options: Option 1: we can do nothing and wait and see what the future brings.

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