Everyone Needs to Fight Climate Change — And Everyone Can

Switching to a plant-based diet is one way to drastically cut your carbon footprint. © Kevin Arnold

By James Schroeder, Director of Conservation

You may think that one person’s actions won’t be enough. But every day brings several opportunities to cut consumption.

Plus, it turns out, there are a lot of us thinking the same thing. If we all start trimming our carbon footprints, our contributions to a healthy climate will only add up.  

The key is cutting consumption—of energy, water, fossil fuels. By consuming less, we protect the air we breathe and the lands and waters that sustain us.

We can’t change the actions that got us here. But we can change what we do now. 

Climate change and Washington

In Washington, our pride in this beautiful state is steadfast. It’s our climate that is changing—and we must change, too.

Changes in conservation are focused on protecting our natural resources from devastating impacts while restoring them so they can protect us from floods, fires and the loss of important wildlife.

A prescribed fire in a ponderosa pine forest in the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area in Okanogan County. Prescribed burns are one way to create resilience in our landscapes. Photo © John Marshall.

The impacts of a warming climate are here in Washington, with our current wildfire season a stark reminder. Our planet’s four hottest years on record are the last four years, and climate trends point toward increasing impacts. Experiences on the ground and in the water, however, reflect the we already experience in our daily lives. Farmers see shifting seasons, fishermen seek out once-abundant salmon and families fight safety and health risks.

Climate change is happening to everyone. We are in this together, and we need everyone to make changes—starting with a simple, small commitment. Challenge yourself to cut your carbon footprint, and then extend your impact by simply talking about climate change with your neighbors, friends and family. Find out about climate impacts on your communities, and support and advocate for groups working to ensure climate equity.

The climate fight needs everyone