Our Programs

Global Warming Solutions

Goal: To give our children and grandchildren a safer, healthier future by going fossil fuel free, promoting carbon-free transportation, reducing power plant pollution, preserving forests and more.
A greener, healthier world requires each of us to do all we can to eliminate the pollution and practices that are warming the planet and changing our climate. Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center takes concrete steps to move us closer to the world we want to live in, from promoting the fossil fuel divestment movement to accelerating the transition to cars that don’t pollute.
  • <h4>DESTINATION: ZERO CARBON</h4><h5>We’re calling for all new cars and trucks to be electric by 2035. Our Clean Car Communities campaign is urging local and state officials to pave the way.</h5>
  • <h4>REGIONAL CLIMATE ACTION</h4><h5>While action in Washington, DC is revving up, local action is critical. That’s why the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative might be the most important climate program you’ve never heard of.</h5>
  • <h4>FOREST PROTECTION</h4><h5>The world’s forests are the lungs of the world, “breathing in” carbon to keep it out of our atmosphere. We’re doing our part to save them by urging companies to commit to zero deforestation.</h5>
  • <h4>BRIDGING THE CLIMATE DIVIDE</h4><h5>We're working to find common ground on climate change and build the support we need to win real national policies to reduce our country’s climate-warming emissions.</h5>
Solutions to global warming

To promote global warming solutions, Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center and our partners in 29 states are running these projects and campaigns:

Fossil Fuel Free: Even as global warming accelerates, the major oil, gas and coal companies are sticking to business as usual. Fortunately, a growing number of investors understand that the industry’s business model is incompatible with what scientists are telling us we must do to slow global warming. That’s why we’re supporting the fossil fuel divestment movement.

Forest Protection: To slow global warming, we must protect the world’s tropical forests. We’re doing our part by urging companies to commit to stop cutting them down—a commitment known as zero deforestation. We are currently focusing on the beef and soybean supply chain.

Destination: Zero Carbon: We also need to change what we drive. We’re calling for all new cars and trucks to be electric by 2035. 

Regional Climate Action: We must reduce and ultimately eliminate carbon pollution from power plants. While action in Washington, DC is revving up, local action is critical. That's why the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative might be the most important climate program you’ve never heard of.

Bridging the Climate Divide: To win concrete climate action, we have to address the disconnect between the communities that are directly affected by climate change and the representatives who too often vote the wrong way. We're working to find common ground on climate change and build the support we need to win real national policies to reduce our country’s climate-warming emissions.

Our staff rallied support to help win the Clean Power Plan. Now, we are working to defend it.
Our approach

Each Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center campaign and project aims to protect our planet and our children from global warming in a unique way. But they all share a common approach. Each campaign strives to:

Put the environment first. Global warming is an enormous threat. But it’s just one symptom of our unhealthy relationship to our environment. To meet the climate challenge, we must put the environment first. Through our research and public education, we’re working to shift more hearts and minds over to this point of view.

Take a strategic approach. We must think big and act boldly, but we recognize that progress comes one step at a time. Our focus is on making a difference in public policy, our lives and our environment, not just making a statement.

Build on what works. We’ve won policies, actions and decisions that have resulted in reduced carbon pollution across the country. We know which policies work, how they can be improved, and what it takes to win their approval. As always, we’re also open to new ideas that work even better.

Work together. We work to unite people from all across the political spectrum around action on global warming, whether it’s drivers who want to go electric or small business owners who can benefit from smart climate action programs. Our national policy staff and state office directors in 29 states work together to win real results at the federal and state level. Our organizers and canvassers engage hundreds of thousands of people.