The answers to climate change are here. These are the questions we are most frequently asked about climate change. Our climate campaigners sat down for a video one-to-one to give you the answers.
Climate change video FAQs
- What is climate change?
- What can we do about climate change?
- What is the Copenhagen Climate Summit?
The consequences will be global. You can get more details on worldwide impacts on Greenpeace International's climate pages.
Learning more about the impacts in your specific area of the world can be as simple as searching for your country's name and 'climate change impacts' or 'global warming impacts'.
- What is carbon trading?
Other terms associated with carbon trading are 'cap and trade' and 'emissions trading' - this is what Wikipedia has to say.
- What are potential problems with carbon trading?
- What is carbon capture and storage (CCS)?
Read our False Hope report - why carbon capture and storage won't save the planet.
- Is nuclear power an energy alternative to oil and coal?
- What kind of energy solutions does Greenpeace endorse?
Read a summary (16 pages) of the report Emily is talking about, or (if you are feeling ambitious) download the full Greenpeace Energy [R]evolution report here.
- How can I find out if the energy I use is green?
- How is vegetarianism related to climate change?
- Does Greenpeace campaign for vegetarianism?
Learn more about how Greenpeace is campaigning for a Sustainable Agriculture system in this blog post.
Learn more about our campaign against deforestation - Forests for Climate.
- How do I convince climate skeptics?
- What can I do about climate change?
What can you do for the climate? Help save it.
1. Get a copy of 'How to save the climate'.
2. Tell our world leaders they must go to the UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen and make a strong deal for our climate.
3. Take political action in your own community. Write to your local government representative. The time is now.
- Why does climate change involve so many acronyms?
Climate change involves a lot of acronyms. While the number of acronyms is not directly contributing to changes in our climate, they are contributing to the complexity of the issue.
Conferences of the Parties - an annual meeting of the signatories to the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) that assesses the progress made on dealing with climate change and negotiates legally binding obligations for countries participating. This year COP-15 - also referred to as the UN Climate Summit - takes place in December in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Meeting of the States Parties - a UN term used to confuse you. No. Actually a UN term that can refer to various meetings, including meetings related to the Law of the Sea and the UN Convention on climate change.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - a scientific body that evaluates the risk of climate change caused by human activity. They have a website - it's very informative.
Carbon Capture and Storage - is a theoretical approach to reducing the carbon emissions from energy sources like coal by capturing the CO2 and storing it underground. No coal power plant is currently capable of capturing and storing its carbon emissions. (Learn why carbon capture and storage won't save the climate - read the Greenpeace False Hope report.)
Greenhouse gases - gases in the atmosphere which include water vapour, carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, ozone, and cholorofluorocarbons - some of which, like carbon dioxide, are contributing to climate change.