Increasing levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, such as methane, in the Earth's atmosphere create a 'greenhouse effect'. These gases trap the suns energy and cause the Earth, in particular its oceans, to warm.
The more of these gases in the atmosphere, the warmer the Earth becomes. Climate change is happening overwhelmingly as a result of this warming.
The warming of the Earth and its oceans is leading to the melting of polar ice and glaciers, which are causing sea levels to rise and increasing the risk of coastal flooding for millions of people around the world. This warming is also leading to more frequent, more extreme severe weather events, often with devastating impacts for people and property.
By using the Toolkit to record you carbon reducing actions and emissions, you’ll be playing a part in reducing the impacts of climate change on us all.