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Despite any measures we take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions now, the levels of carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere are expected to continue to affect and change the climate over our lifetimes. This is a cause for action not inaction.
We can still avert the more catastrophic impacts of climate change. Taking action now is like taking out an insurance policy for our future.
Everybody has a role to play in addressing climate change, whether it is the government, businesses, communities or individuals.
There are two main ways we can take action on climate change: reduce our greenhouse gas emissions; and be prepared so we can adapt to the inevitable changes and become more resilient to our current climate. It is important that both kinds of actions are taken. Without reducing our emissions, carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere will continue to rise and affect our climate. And without proper planning, we will be more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
For more information about what preparing and adapting will mean, check out another booklet in this series: Preparing for and adapting to climate change. Look ahead to the future.
Turn off all your lights and electrical appliances when you’re not using them to reduce greenhouse emissions and save money on your electricity bill too.
Cutting back on energy use helps reduce the amount of greenhouse gases emitted during the production of electricity. Make your home more energy efficient and save on your power bill.