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The three actions you can take today to fight climate change

According to the world's leading scientists, we have 12 years to cut emissions in half to prevent catastrophic climate change impacts later this century. To reach this ambitious goal, we need to act together with all of us doing our part.

At WWF, we take our carbon footprint seriously. Like individuals, WWF's greenhouse gas emissions come primarily from three sources: how we power our offices, how we travel to work and for work, and the food we consume for work functions and how much of it we waste. We are taking steps to address each and looking to do more.

  • World Wildlife Fund Headquarters © WWF-US / Keith Arnold

    On powering our offices

    We have retrofitted our building to become more energy efficient, switched to 100% renewable electricity, and altered our working hours to reduce energy demand. Together with other steps this has allowed our headquarters to be one of a select few LEED Platinum certified retrofitted buildings in Washington, DC.

  • Bike commuter © Flo Maderebner

    On transportation

    We are offering remote meeting options, increased transportation benefits for employees, flexible telework, electric vehicle charging stations at our offices, while offsetting all employee air travel.

  • Tomatoes © Germund Sellgren / WWF-Sweden

    On fighting waste, including food waste

    We have developed a comprehensive recycling program (including for hard-to-recycle items) and a composting program to limit landfill emissions from food waste. In the next year, we will be exploring more steps to fight food waste.

3 Actions You Can Take to Fight Climate Change

  1. Pledge to Do More. Just like WWF, your impact on climate change primarily comes from: what you eat, how you power your homes and mobile devices, and how you travel from place to place. The average US citizen emits 20 tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year due primarily to these activities. (This is ten times the emissions from the average person in India, for example.) Can you commit to cutting your carbon footprint as we do the same?

    You can commit to reducing your carbon footprint by taking a hard look at the electricity you use, how you get from place to place, and the footprint of your food.

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  2. Encourage Businesses to Join the Movement. Companies are the world's largest energy users. With that comes enormous opportunity—and responsibility. Energy for electricity production and industrial uses is the cause of nearly half of the world's global greenhouse gas emissions. And well over two-thirds of that delivered electricity is for commercial and industrial users. So, shifting the behavior of companies is fundamental to the clean energy transition and to reducing emissions on the scale needed to fight global climate change.

    Companies who are serious about climate change should:

    1. Set science-based target for their full carbon footprint;
    2. Commit to powering their operations with renewable energy; and
    3. Tackle emissions from their supply chains by working with their suppliers.
    No matter where a company is in their journey to reduce emissions, an essential step is to ensure that they reaffirm their support for the historic Paris Agreement. By joining the We Are Still In coalition, companies can do their part to guarantee that America remains a trusted global partner in the fight against climate change.

    Know a company we should reach out to join the We Are Still In coalition? With over 3,500 signatories, We Are Still In is the largest US coalition ever assembled in support of climate action. Email us and we'll touch base with them to develop a plan and see how they can positively contribute to fighting climate change and join the We Are Still In movement.

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  3. Tell Your Elected Officials to Prioritize Climate Action. As the new Congress is sworn in, it has the opportunity to grab some early wins on climate while continuing to build towards a more comprehensive policy. Congress must act with urgency in three areas to advance climate action:

    1. Hold formal hearings on the latest climate science developments and establish a plan for how to respond. The House has not held any in-depth hearings on the growing impacts of climate change on American communities since 2010. The last eight years have produced a rash of new data on impacts to farms, coastal communities and public health that deserves a full airing, including a comprehensive report issued by US scientists in November 2018.
    2. Champion bills that prioritize incentives for climate-friendly infrastructure, including electric vehicles and renewable energy storage, and increase funding for renewable energy research and deployment, and sustainable land use practices and land conservation.
    3. Foster a robust, public debate on designing a long-term climate policy for America anchored with a strong carbon price. House members can help illuminate the relative costs, benefits and transformational impact of different policy tools—from a regulatory system to a carbon fee, cap and trade, and investment in innovation.
    Contact Congress nowh