climate change: 8 consequences of … Yuck!



You’ve probably already heard how climate change is impacting our planet. But really, these impacts are just the beginning – and many of them are downright disgusting. So, in the spirit of Halloween, we’ve compiled several of the grossest consequences of climate change.



Stop Chevron from writing our climate policy!

We are in the midst of a global climate crisis, as indigenous leaders have long been warning. Fires and droughts in the Amazon have increased; storms in the US and extreme weather across the globe threatens communities every day.

We know that to avoid catastrophe we must reduce global greenhouse gas emissions – and quickly. Nonetheless, oil drilling recently began in the most biodiverse place on the entire planet in the Ecuadorian Amazon. This is the wrong direction for our planet.

We must act now to change direction to protect our planet, not destroy it. Tell your government to stand with the people of the world, not the big polluters.

Do YOU have a climate-fr​iendly garden?

Today the Backyard, Tomorrow the Nation

Most home gardeners already see evidence of global warming in their own backyards and these droughts, floods, pests, and weeds can challenge even the greenest thumb. But you can do more than merely adapt to these new conditions: you can make choices in your garden that don’t add to the problem.

As the summer gardening season swings into full gear, we’ll be bringing you expert advice – from Master Gardeners and our very own scientists – so that you can be a climate-friendly gardener in your own backyard, and encourage the same on our nation’s farms.

In Your Garden

Norma Jean Wade, a Master Gardener from Livonia, MI, offers this tip on how to be a climate-friendly gardener.

gardeners guide “Synthetic chemical pesticides require a lot of energy to manufacture, producing a significant amount of carbon dioxide in the process. To reduce your use of synthetic pesticides, consider planting native plants. Native plants are low maintenance because they are adapted to local soils and climate, and are more resistant to native plant viruses, insects, and bacteria. Incorporating native plants is a key strategy for establishing a climate-friendly garden.”

See page 4 of The Climate-Friendly Gardener (pdf) for more tips on how to limit chemicals in your garden, or contact your local Cooperative Extension Office for gardening information specific to your region.

On the Farm…

Farmers can also adopt climate-friendly practices, such as lowering their use of chemical pesticides, on our nation’s farms. Farmers employing sustainable farming techniques, including organic systems, have demonstrated that it is possible to produce abundant quantities of nutritious food while avoiding the use of these synthetic pesticides which are dangerous for our health and our environment.

The Farm Bill—voted on every five years in Congress—largely determines what food farmers will grow and what practices they will employ. Programs designed to help farmers successfully transition to sustainable agriculture practices that reduce their reliance on synthetic pesticides are on the chopping block, despite the already low levels of funding for these programs compared with support for outdated, chemical-dependent conventional agriculture systems. Hearings on the 2012 Farm Bill are underway in the House of Representatives.

Write to your member of Congress and demand farm policies that help farmers lower their use of synthetic chemical pesticides.

Take Action Today!

Jenn Yates
National Field Organizer
UCS Food and Environment Program

Norma Jean Wade, a Master Gardener from Livonia, MI, offers this tip on how to be a climate-friendly gardener.

March for the climate with Earthjustice

Join Earthjustice for the Peoples Climate March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate

Every time President Trump and Congress attack our environment with bluster and ineptitude, we fight back with litigation and people power. Each unfit appointee and attack on fundamental environmental protections has been countered with thousands of phone calls and letters from Earthjustice supporters like you. When Trump signed an executive order opening tens of thousands of acres of public lands to the coal industry, Earthjustice attorneys went to court.

The overwhelming majority of Americans believe in stronger environmental protections—and resistance to assaults on these protections has transformed community members into dedicated activists.

On April 29, the 100th day of Trump’s presidency, Earthjustice will join hundreds of thousands in the nation’s capital for the Peoples Climate March—the environmental community’s strongest act of resistance yet. Will you join us?

From town halls to the streets of Washington, D.C., we have seen the difference people power can make. Together we’ve made tremendous progress toward fulfilling the promise of our communities as safe, healthy places to live and work, and toward safeguarding our irreplaceable natural world. Now it’s time to fight back against the onslaught of attempts to roll back those years of progress.

Download and print your own Earthjustice signs for the Peoples Climate March here.

If you can’t make it to the capital, we still need you in the streets. Join others in your own community at one of the hundreds of sister marches from Savannah, Georgia to Fairbanks, Alaska.

People across the country will march in support of communities facing off against big polluters and creating innovative solutions for a more sustainable future. Join us in Washington, D.C., or at one of the 250 sister marches around the country.

Thank you for helping us win—in and out of the courtroom.

Trip Van Noppen
President, Earthjustice