Key Steps for Climate Action:
Creating Clean, Healthy Communities and Jobs
The future of our planet is at a critical point: We must reach 80% reduction in greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 to keep global temperature increases under 2°C (3.6°F). While most efforts toward this goal have been focused on reducing fossil fuel use, new science shows natural climate solutions—based on the conservation, restoration and management of forests, grasslands and wetlands—can deliver up to 37% of the needed emission reductions by 2030. Combined with wider adoption of renewable energy and other technologies, natural climate solutions are essential to keeping our climate safe.
Weather events have already increasingly demonstrated more flooding events in Louisville and other river cities. The unpredictability of these events create challenges for disaster preparedness, agriculture, and human health.
The Kentucky Conservation Foundation has been working on issues relating to climate change, including support for reforesting and reclaiming abandoned mine lands, support for greater use of native plants which are more resilient, and diversifying our energy sources with clean energy, efficiency and renewables.
This website provides additional resources to support the recommendations in the guide, “Key Steps for Climate Action in Kentucky”