What is climate change?
Since the industrial revolution humankind has emitted ever increasing amounts of CO², altering the composition of the atmosphere and leading to an imbalance in the protective blanket around the planet. This imbalance increases the average temperature of the Earth’s atmosphere leading to human-induced climate change. This could cause devastating effects on the natural ecosystems and people around the world.
To stop this spiraling out of control, we must radically reduce emissions of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
What is CO²
CO² is the chemical symbol for carbon dioxide and occurs naturally in the atmosphere acting as a protective blanket for the Earth. CO² is also one of the main greenhouse gases causing climate change.
Burning fossil fuels (such as coal, oil and gas) to produce heat and energy releases long trapped CO² back into the atmosphere. Burning wood for fuel also releases CO² but this would normally be part of a naturally balanced cycle if replacement trees were planted to ‘absorb’ the released CO² .