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The Basics of Climate Change

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What is climate change?

 According to the Met Office, ‘climate change is a large-scale, long-term shift in the planet's weather patterns and average temperatures.’ Global warming is often another term used to reference the same phenomenon. Anthropogenic climate change refers to changes to weather patterns and temperatures as a result of human action. The graph below shows temperature change since 1850, with considerable temperature increase since 1950.

Image Source:  Met Office

Image Source: Met Office


what causes climate change?

Getting to grips with the causes of climate change can make us more confident when talking with our MPs, our friends and family about these issues. Read more about the wider impacts of greenhouse gases.


impacts of climate change

Climate change impacts are already being witnessed all over the world. The temperature increase has many knock on effects such as sea level rise, ocean acidification and wildlife extinction.


what would a 2 degree rise mean for the planet?

Scientists have begun to predict what would happen to various parts of the world including sea levels, agriculture and wildlife at both a 1.5 and 2 degrees Celsius temperature rise.



In 2019, the UK took the ambitious step of setting a target of reaching net zero emissions by 2050. This section covers what net zero is, why we need it and how the UK is aiming to get there.

Once you feel confident in the science of climate change, visit our other resources to find out how you can work with your MP on a range of issues:

Health and Climate Change                Renewable Energy                 Decarbonisation of the Heat Supply

Fuel Poverty                                               Divestment

Community Energy                                Green Economy

Date of Publication: 5.07.2018