How climate change impacts our environment

The impacts of climate change can now be felt on every continent on Earth. From rising sea levels, to increased extreme weather events there is no doubt that climate change is an issue that needs to be addressed.

Greenfleet has been fighting the impacts of climate change for over 25 years by restoring legally protected native forests in Australia and New Zealand. These forests remove carbon from the atmposphere to actively reduce the damage that climate change has caused.

What is climate change and global warming?

The United Nations (UN) defines climate change as long-term shifts in weather patterns. While different factors can influence this, since the 1800s the main driver of climate change has been human activity. 

Processes such as burning fossil fuels, food production, and travel all contribute to increased emissions held in our atmosphere. These greenhouse gases contribute to increased air and water temperatures which can have devastating effects on ecosystems, biodiversity, and communities.  

The 2015 Paris Agreement (2015) included a global goal to hold the average temperature increase to well below 2°C. The agreement also pursued efforts to keep warming below 1.5°C but scientists believe that this is no longer possible.  

The findings in the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimated that we will reach 1.5C of global warming sometime in the next decade.  

How global warming and climate change impacts the planet

The increase in global air and ocean temperatures has resulted in rising sea levels and widespread reduction in snow and ice cover, factors that are impacting the Earth’s delicate ecosystems. 

With the continued rise in temperatures predicted, we will keep seeing extreme weather events such as droughts, floods, and bushfires. Any further increases in global temperatures and sea levels could be detrimental. 

In recent years, Australian wildlife has felt the effects of climate change more than ever before. During the Black Summer bushfires it is estimated that a billion animals perished and koalas are just one species that has since been reclassified to endangered.   

Taking climate action with Greenfleet

Greenfleet is a 25-year-old Australian not-for-profit environmental organisation and Australia’s first carbon offset provider. We are focused on protecting our climate by restoring our forests.   

We plant native biodiverse forests to capture carbon emissions and help fight the impacts of climate change. Since 1997, Greenfleet has planted over 10.5 million trees creating more than 550 forests in Australia and New Zealand.  

By taking climate action with Greenfleet, you will be helping to restore native ecosystems that will grow to remove carbon from the atmosphere and actively fight the impacts of climate change. Our forests are legally protected for up to 100 years, so your support today will make a difference long into the future.  

While delivering climate action, Greenfleet forests grow to conserve biodiversity, improve the health of our soils and waterways, and restore habitat for wildlife, including many endangered species. 

Together, we can grow our forests and grow climate hope.

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