Currently, climate change is the greatest threat to life on Earth.

Recent studies show the 20 warmest years on record have been in the past 22 years, and the top four in the past four years. Over the past century, the average temperature of the Earth has risen by 1.8°F. Over the next one hundred years, scientists are projecting another 0.5 to 8.6°F rise in the temperature.

The cause of this temperature change is human activities that have released large amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases (such as methane, nitrous oxide and fluorinated gases) into the atmosphere. The majority of greenhouse gases come from burning fossil fuels to produce energy.

Results of this global warming include rising ocean temperatures, a more acidic ocean, melting ice caps, and rising sea levels.

Recent studies show that Earth has lost half its wildlife in just 40 years. The IUCN predicted that 20-30% of plant and animal species are likely to be at an increased risk of extinction due to climate change.

Climate change will also impact humans and especially the world’s 2.6 billion poorest people. According to the United Nations Development Program, “Receding forests, changing rainfall patterns and rising sea levels will exacerbate existing economic, political and humanitarian stresses and affect human development in all parts of the world.”

Everyone can take simple actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, mitigate our personal contribution to climate change, and build greater community resiliency.

How We Fight Climate Change

Strategic Litigation

Our strategic litigation and advocacy campaigns enforce stronger protections for endangered species and the threats they face as climate change worsens.

Hands-on Conservation

We create local carbon sinks by planting thousands of native plants and trees in polluted ecosytems.

Join the fight against climate change.

Adopting a redwood directly supports our efforts to restore and protect these ancient species with our interns and volunteers.

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Our Victories

Planted more than 500 coast redwood trees in the San Francisco Bay Area to create a carbon sink.

Identified two major United States nesting beach areas that are at risk from climate change in a comprehensive report.

Sued the Trump administration for failing to protect green sea turtle habitat, which faces threats from sea-level rise and global warming.

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Trump Administration Sued for Failing to Protect Green Sea Turtle Habitat

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Groups are suing the federal government for failing to protect green sea turtle habitat, which faces threats from sea-level rise, plastic pollution and global warming. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 8,…

National Marine Conservation Group Joins Global Climate Strike in San Francisco

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Turtle Island Restoration Network is joining the Global Climate Strike on Sept. 20. Turtle Island Restoration Network will join millions across the world Friday in kicking off what could be…