We’re now in a “climate emergency” but actions like the CREDO Climate Project are making a difference

And so it begins. “We are in the early phase of a climate emergency,” states a recent report co-authored by James Hansen, the NASA scientist who first warned the world about global warming, back in 1988. The report reveals that Earth is far more sensitive to CO2 inputs than was thought and is heating up much faster than previous models predicted.

We will breach the critical threshold of 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels within the next 5 years. Beyond that lies a different world. A place where the heat and humidity in broad regions will regularly exceed the limits of human tolerance. Millions, perhaps billions, will seek to migrate. Many won’t be able to, many will die. Natural disasters will increase dramatically. Extreme flooding, drought, wildfires and food shortages will hit hard and often.

It’s the crisis we’ve long feared and it’s here. So what can we do? Well, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step—and that’s what we can do. Take that step. Then another, then another. Some will be big, many will be small, all will help.

CREDO Climate Project makes a difference

After last summer (the hottest ever recorded, by a “mind-blowing” margin), we launched the CREDO Climate Project to offer everyone who’s concerned about our climate steps they can take to make a difference.

The 6-week program was a partnership with five nonprofits: 350.org, Center for Biological Diversity, Earthjustice, the League of Conservation Voters and the Years Project. It presented 15 ways to take meaningful action at this critical time, from joining September’s March to End Fossil Fuels in New York City to telling the Federal Trade Commission to launch an investigation into electric utility companies that are blocking the transition to renewable energy to protect their profits.

The response was impressive and we thank everyone who got involved. Dozens joined the March to End Fossil Fuels. Almost a thousand urged the FTC to investigate electric utilities. Over 500 signed up to get climate action alerts from Earthjustice and over 400 signed up to volunteer with the League of Conservation Voters.

These actions alone will not solve the climate crisis. We know this. We also know that the only way the crisis will be solved is with small actions taken by many people. Some may look at the enormity of the climate crisis and conclude that small actions are hopeless. They’re not. They’re the only hope we’ve got.

Think of it this way: climate change is a wildfire. And wildfires do get put out. Not easily, no. It takes time and effort. It takes a lot of work by a lot of people with picks and shovels and absolute determination. Well, we’re all firefighters now. And if we all put in the work, we can stop climate change. Hour by hour, day by day, one small action at a time, we can do it.

You can do it now. You don’t need a pick or a shovel. All you need is your phone.


Fight the fire: Join CREDO Mobile

CREDO Mobile is the one phone company as concerned about climate change as you are. We’ve donated more than $20 million to nonprofit groups fighting against climate change and for a sustainable future.

Join us and, just by using your phone, you can generate more donations for groups combatting climate change. These donations cost you nothing extra. But they mean everything to the nonprofits that rely on us for support.

Switch to CREDO Mobile and you’ll get all you want from a phone company: the nation’s top-rated network, competitive plans, great deals on new phones and friendly, responsive customer service.

And you’ll get much more: an easy, effective way to make a difference for our climate.

Here’s another step you can take. Go to CREDO Donations and vote to send funding to nonprofits working to solve the climate emergency.