“Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evident from observations of increases in global air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice and rising average sea level.” – Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Climate Change 2007: Synthesis Report
Our understanding of climate change is largely the result of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world’s most authoritative voice on the topic. Established by the United Nations, the IPCC assesses the scientific and socio-economic information relevant to climate change. The IPCC also looks at the potential impacts of climate change, and options for slowing it down or adapting to it. The IPCC has released several assessment reports over the years. More than 2,500 scientific expert reviewers, 800 contributing authors and 450 lead authors from over 130 countries contributed to the last one, the Fourth Assessment Report. The Fifth Assessment Report’s Working Group I report is expected to be released in 2013.
Despite the international scientific community’s consensus on climate change, a small number of climate change deniers continue to deny that climate change exists or that humans are causing it. However, these individuals are generally not climate scientists, and the scientific community has discredited their arguments.
To address climate change, we work with the public and decision-makers at the state, regional, national and international level to create sound climate and energy policies.
We believe that Minnesota and the Midwest can demonstrate model climate policy and that the Midwest is integral to any national and international climate policy.
We are a proud member of the RE-AMP network in the Midwest. RE-AMP is an active network of 144 nonprofits and foundations across eight Midwestern states working on climate change and energy policy with the goal of reducing global warming pollution economy-wide 80% by 2050. RE-AMP brings environmental, labor, faith, youth, energy, conservation and other groups together to develop common priorities to achieve our goals in the areas of Clean Energy, Coal, Energy Efficiency, Global Warming Solutions, and Transportation.
We are also a member of the US Climate Action Network. USCAN was created in 1989 by groups working on global warming in response to the need for a forum for joint strategy development and advocacy to affect change in a coordinated way at the state and local level as well as at the United Nations and in Washington, DC. USCAN is the largest US network of organizations focused on climate change. USCAN plays a critical role as the only network connecting organizations working on climate advocacy and policy development at all three levels of the debate: state/regional, federal, and international, all of which are becoming increasingly interdependent.