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Governments Fail to Tackle Climate Change

After two weeks of United Nations climate change talks in Durban, South Africa, world governments failed to agree on an ambitious plan to tackle climate change. Rather than agree to deal with climate change now, countries set themselves a new deadline of 2015, allowing the window to close even further on our ability to limit warming to 2°C and address catastrophic climate change.

The United States refused to move aggressively to curb carbon pollution and do its part to limit an increase in dangerous flooding, droughts and sea-level rise. Inaction by the U.S. comes at a time when 47 of our 50 states were forced to declare a state of emergency in response to climate-related weather disasters in just the past year.

Though the Durban negotiations were a missed opportunity for governments to protect people and wildlife suffering from climate-related impacts, WWF continues to work toward tackling this urgent threat and ensure there is enough food, water and energy for all.

Here are 3 of the ways WWF is working to tackle climate change and create a sustainable future:

  • Earth Hour - More than 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries worldwide switched off their lights for Earth Hour 2011, sending a powerful message for action on climate change. It also ushered in a new era with members going Beyond the Hour to commit to lasting action for the planet. Without a doubt, it’s shown how great things can be achieved when people come together for a common cause.
  • The Energy Report - The Energy Report is the most ambitious, science-based examination yet of a renewable and clean energy future on a global scale. WWF details how its vision of a 100 percent renewable and sustainable energy supply–for all–could be realized.
  • Innovative Partnerships - WWF engages with companies to reduce their environmental footprint, champion sustainable solutions and harness the global marketplace into a force for conservation.  For example, WWF, Oxfam and the International Chamber of Shipping recently agreed to a set of common principles on how the global shipping industry can play a positive role in solving the global climate crisis.

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