Climate Change Presentation

What is Climate Change?

In a process known as the Greenhouse Effect, greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide collect in the atmosphere and trap the sun's heat, causing the planet to warm up. This is what we refer to as "climate change." An increase in global temperature can result in stronger hurricanes, droughts, heat waves, melting glaciers and habitat loss. An ever-increasing body of scientific research attributes the Earth's change in climate to human activities, particularly our use of fossil fuels (petroleum, coal, natural gas, etc.).

Climate Change Presentation by Associate Professor Robert Cormia, Foothill College

Climate change for kids

What Can You Do to Take Action on Climate Change?

Calculate Your Carbon Footprint

Learn how your daily activities contribute to climate change

Conserve Energy

30% of California's greenhouse gas emissions come from the energy we use to power our homes and businesses, but there are many easy things you can do to reduce your energy use - and save money!

Energy-saving tips

Clean, renewable energy information

Make Smart Transportation Choices

Transportation is the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in California - it represents 38% of our state's total emissions.

Greener transportation tips

Recycle, Compost, & Buy Recycled

You may not think recycling can curb climate change, but it can!

Conserve Water

It takes energy to transport, treat, purify, and heat the water we use in our homes and businesses - it's actually one of the largest energy uses in the state. Therefore, water conservation is energy conservation, and conserving water curbs climate change. Climate change will also affect our water supply, potentially causing more frequent droughts.

Water conservation tips

What Is San Mateo County Doing to Take Action on Climate Change?

Visit the County's "Green Portal" to learn how the County is taking action in its operations and in the community.

More info on countywide climate action efforts: coming soon!