The world has encountered few threats as severe as climate change, and it will take a concerted global effort to change our current dangerous course. The 2015 Paris Agreement has put the world on a new path, though, and despite recent setbacks, the last two years have seen significant progress on climate action with hundreds of organizations, businesses and communities around the world moving forward on this path.
For starters, we’ve experienced three straight years of flat carbon emissions, even as global energy demand rose, thanks in part to rapid growth in renewable energy investments. Meanwhile, new science from The Nature Conservancy and fifteen other leading institutions reveals that nature-based climate solutions can play a bigger role than previously thought in reducing emissions—as big as halting all burning of oil—and keeping the climate in safe boundaries. (Find more information about the latest climate research at the bottom of this piece.)
There’s no doubt we’re at a critical moment for the future of our planet. But leaders and institutions at every level—from national to regional to local—are helping their communities adapt to the changing climate even as they work to mitigate further temperature increases. Below, we share just a few stories of the global progress on tackling climate change.