Below, you will find detailed information, resources, and opportunities to take climate-protective action.
How does climate change harm food production?
Increases in global average temperatures, the frequency of extreme storms, and the duration of droughts can all harm agriculture and food security.
As levels of CO2 increase, plant growth will spike—but nutritional value may fall.
How can I help fight climate change?
- Spread the knowledge by sharing our postcards!
- Use our postcards to query your representatives: What are they doing to protect your community from the dangers to health posed by climate change?
- Change your eating habits:
- Reconsider meat: Livestock emit 18% of global greenhouse gases.
- Buy local: The average distance that factory farms transport food is about 1,500 miles. This requires heavy use of fossil fuels.
- Buy in bulk: Food packaging also contributes to climate change because plastics are produced with petroleum products.
- Reduce food waste: Each year, 33 million tons of food ends up in landfills. Landfills are the third largest source of methane in the U.S.
- Join PSR’s Activist List
- Climate change is accelerated by burning fossil fuels. In order to slow climate change and protect air quality, we must replace fossil fuels with renewable energy and energy efficiency.
- Advocate for the Clean Power Plan, our nation’s broadest, most far-reaching proposed policy to speed the transition to solar energy, wind power, and other renewable forms of energy.
- While the Clean Power Plan is under judicial review, support state-based legislation for renewables and efficiency.
- Send this information to your Governor via Twitter.
- U.S. Global Change Research Program (2016, April 4) The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment
This government study documents “what we know about the impacts of climate change on public health, and the confidence with which we know it.” It examines a broad range of health impacts as they affect the health of the American people, not just in the future but right now.
- PSR: Climate Change and Threats to Food Security (PowerPoint)
- PSR: Climate Change and Famine (Fact Sheet)
- USDA (2015 ) How Important is Irrigation to U.S. Agriculture