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Climate Change Facts

Climate Change Facts

  • 2021 was the fifth-warmest year on record.
  • The last seven years have been the seven warmest on record for the planet, new data shows.
  • Earth’s average temperature is already around 1.1º degrees Celsius above average pre-industrial levels. This is 73% of the way to the 1.5º threshold that scientists state that we must stay under to avoid the worst and potentially catastrophic impacts of climate change.
  • Despite this, greenhouse gas emissions continue to surge. CO2 concentrations were 280 ppm before the industrial revolution but have now exceeded 400.
  • Over 50% of the world’s coral reefs have died in the last 30 years and up to 90% may die within the next century.
  • Burning of fossil fuels causes 10.2 million premature deaths annually.
  • The wealthiest 1% of people produce twice as many emissions as the poorest half.
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Focus Areas

We research and support timely solutions to climate change and global poverty. The two are closely connected. Key strategies can help solve them both at the same time.

Some of the issues we currently focus on are:

Carbon taxation, including a “cap-and-tax” approach at the local and international levels.

“Revenue recycling,” in other words shifting money from carbon tax revenues directly into the hands of lower-income people.

Universal basic incomes (this could be at the national or international levels)
Information campaigns.

Assisting in global educational projects.

We are also keeping a key eye on “use less or nothing” ideas, promising strategic litigation, regulatory improvements, and more. Part of our mission is to educate people on climate change and global poverty. Thus, The Einstrong Foundation offers climate change book summaries, videos on climate change, and other resources.

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Take Action

Pressure federal Congress members to take action!

• Find your local senator here:
www.senate.gov/senators/senators-contact.htm

• Find your local congressional representative here:
www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative

State action matters too!

• Enter your address here to find your local state representative:
myreps.datamade.us

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