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Climate Change

the challenge of our lifetime

(and many lifetimes to come if we don't act decisively and soon)



The last time there was this much CO2 in the global atmosphere, 4 million years ago during the Pliocene Period, temperatures rose 7 degrees (F), sea levels by 78 feet.


"The only thing standing between this and that is human response." David Wallace-Wells.


In other words: We  broke it - the climate - and we can be the ones to fix it. 

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Want to turn down the heat? Start close by - but don't stop there!

Your town on climate - see how many more 90+ degree days there are today as compared to the past.



  • What we eat (lower on the food chain, closer to home, beans replace beef eelgrass anyone? Palm oil is in half the stuff in the grocery store - and producing it releases nearly 1 percent of global greenhouse gases - boycott it! 

  • How we get around (every mile we drive typically emits a pound of CO2 into the atmosphere; electric cars are better, but still emit one-third as much carbon as gas-powered vehicles)

  • The size of our dwellings and how energy efficient they are, since 20 percent of US emissions are "home"-grown. Adjusting the thermostat by 2 degrees saves a ton of CO2!

  • How much stuff we consume (it takes energy to make stuff, and a lot of it is shipped from abroad - just 15 container ships create as much carbon emissions as all the world's cars)

  • Lawn size (mowing = 25 million tons of CO2 per year in USA)

  • Challenge your school, congregation or other group to take climate change seriously; invite NCP staff to stop in for a workshop - we're cheap, knowledgeable and occasionally funny :) 

  • By your own lifestyle show others that a good life can be had without sacrificing a livable future


            (here's our personal CO2 calculator with points for bad and good behaviors)



  • Advocate for local systems to be climate-friendly: bike lanes, ride-share, farmers markets

  • Our Sustainable Living Center in Harrisonburg, VA led the way in getting that city to adopt a 50 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2025. More here.

  • Call for legislation to support carbon taxes, green energy and other policies to reduce fossil fuel emissions

  • Beavers! Often considered a pest, turns out they are our ally in a climate-changing world!



  • The world lost 10 million acres of forest in 2020, releasing the CO2 equivalent of two years' worth of US vehicle travel in the process. Get your school, club or congregation involved in our Two (!) Million Tree Campaign to do something about it!

  • Here's a list of the most climate change-vulnerable countries in the world - NCP partner areas Malawi, Myanmar and South Sudan are regularly among the most at-risk. . 

  • Educating girls and empowering women are two of the top ten recommendations for reducing climate change from the book Drawdown – do both through our Give a Girl a Chance fund

  • Join campaigns to protect tropical forests, limit palm oil production, empower native people

  • Go on our Learning Tours to the Amazon, Arctic and Dine reservation in NM to support native communities as they protect the environment and battle the extractive industries

NCP's David Radcliff on causes, effects and solutions to climate change  =>

These Malawian families were down to one meal a day, as their crops failed due to erratic monsoon rains - one of the impacts of climate change.   D. Radcliff photo 

NCP carbon farm in Virginia will turn food production from an emitter of carbon to a way to store carbon. 

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