Climate Change

Climate change is real and without urgent action it will devastate life on earth.

Hundreds of millions of people, particularly the world’s poorest and most vulnerable, will be put at severe risk of drought, floods, starvation, and disease. By the middle of the century up to one third of land-based species could face extinction.

This section provides a simple introduction to the basics of climate change, the key scientific evidence and the potentially massive impacts on life as we know it. It also explains the action we need to take to stop climate change before it’s too late.

The Basics

This section explains the “greenhouse effect” and how our burining of fossil fuels is increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, thus trapping more of the sun’s heat and warming the planet.

The Evidence

This section introduces the overwhelming evidence that scientists now have that climate change is taking place and is caused directly by our day-to-day actions. There is no “maybe” any more, this is for real.

The Impacts

This section describes the changes we’ve already seen as a result of climate change. It then introduces the vastly more shocking potential impacts which experts predict will happen unless we change our behaviour.

Action Required

This section explains the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions which we all need to achieve together if we are to prevent the most devastating effects of climate change before it’s too late.

What are they saying about it

Click here to read quotes from a range of leaders in their fields on the subject of climate change.

Get a free climate change guide

Click here to receive a free guide to climate change from the Open University.