Americans are coming together to counter climate change, taking up the call of responsible stewardship. Have you heard about these 10 ways Americans are taking action?

1. Cutting power sector carbon emissions

The Obama administration has announced standards to reduce carbon pollution from U.S. power plants. When the President’s Clean Power Plan is fully in place by 2030, carbon pollution from the power sector will be 32 percent below 2005 levels.

2. Leading the way with other large economies

President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announcing a historic climate change agreement in 2014 (© AP Images)

America and China, the world’s two largest economies, jointly announced plans to combat the global threat of climate change.

3. Redesigning cities to be greener

New York City’s Empire State Building (© Getty Images)

Cities, including New York, Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon, are finding smart ways to grow green: Through rethinking transportation, updating building codes and promoting renewable energy, cities offer local solutions.

4. Investing billions in clean energy


The U.S. is investing in renewables: It has tripled production of wind power since 2008 and increased its solar power production twentyfold.

5. Taking private sector action

The U.S. company Alcoa sponsored a tree-planting event in Bohai, China. (Alcoa)

Major U.S. corporations, including Google, Apple and Wal-Mart, are taking the American Business Act on Climate Pledge and making responsible environmental policy a priority.

6. Improving fuel standards for cars and trucks

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New rules on reducing transportation emissions from cars and trucks will cut billions of tons of greenhouse gas every year.

7. Capturing carbon

Technology at the Petra Nova carbon capture site in Texas will enable cleaner, safer and more sustainable energy production. (© AP Images)

Technology that takes pollutants from factories and traps them underground has already removed the equivalent of 2 million cars’ annual emissions.

8. Collaborating to get it right

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Obama in January 2015 (© AP Images)

With partnerships around the world, the U.S. advances climate solutions. In India, for example, these collaborations include energy entrepreneurs, the finance sector and universities.

9. Taking individual action

A person riding a bike with several buildings in the background.
Portland, Oregon, boasts the highest percentage of bicycle commuters of any large U.S. city. (© AP Images)

From new lightbulbs to new bikes, Americans are taking steps that make a difference.

10. Assessing security risks

President Obama asked the U.S. Coast Guard to prepare for climate-related security challenges. (© AP Images)

In an address to graduates of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, President Obama said that rising seas and stronger storms are threats to national security and will require disaster-response missions. “And we need the Coast Guard to be ready, because you are America’s maritime first responder,” he said.