Greenhouse gases have increased over the last century causing global surface temperatures to rise. Most of the warming has taken place in the past 35 years. Each year since 2001 has been hotter than the prior year. To slow climate change and create a healthy place for everyone to live, we must first understand the cause of climate change in North Carolina. Research shows that dirty energy, transportation, and deforestation contribute significantly to the issue.
In North Carolina, communities of color and low-income communities are disproportionately affected by climate change, and will be less able to adapt or recover from its impacts. Building an environment where people stay healthy is more important than ever, especially for minority groups. We believe that any solution to the climate crisis must also pursue racial justice.