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Becoming Climate Smart

Why do we need to be climate smart?

Climate change is arguably the greatest environmental challenge facing our planet. The greenhouse gases we’re pumping into the atmosphere are transforming ecosystems around the world at an unprecedented rate.

One key to tackling this issue is mitigation: dramatically reducing our carbon emissions to avoid the worst consequences of climate change. That means using energy more efficiently and making the switch from fossil fuels to green, renewable alternatives. 

However, even if we stopped all planet-warming emissions tomorrow, the greenhouse effect we’ve already created won’t disappear any time soon. That’s where adaptation comes in. The conservation plans we make today have to take into account the new climate norms and how they will affect species and ecosystems in the decades to come.

Put those two strategies together and you’ve got a recipe for climate-savvy conservation.

What WWF is doing

As part of WWF’s adaptation work, we’re developing local climate models and predicting how ecosystems will change. At the same time, we’re talking to local communities to identify what resources are most important to safeguard.

In the Arctic, where ice is the foundation of ecosystems and culture, we’re combining climate change predictions, detailed ice data and wildlife information to help plan for a warmer future.  In B.C.’s Skeena watershed, we’re working with local communities to develop resource management strategies that take into account changing temperatures and rainfall.

Photo: Skeena watershed. © Mike Ambach / WWF-Canada

At the same time, we’re helping drive an energy revolution. Because transportation is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, we’re promoting the use of electric vehicles. And to facilitate a shift to renewable energy, we’re mapping carbon-free energy sources across the country, determining how much exists, what form it takes, and how reliable and accessible those sources are.


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