Climate change refers to the consequences that occur when too many greenhouse gases are emitted into the atmosphere. These may come from something as big as a power plant or from something as small as your car’s fuel pipe. They also come from landfills and energy usage. Greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide and methane, trap the sun’s heat and make the Earth’s overall climate warmer. It is predicted that our area will likely see the following consequences in climate and weather according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA):
- Increased heat
- Increased precipitation events
- Increased drought
Over 100 years of data have been collected for this region. The average annual temperature, as measured in Beltsville, has risen by 4 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, sea levels in the District of Columbia have risen almost 10 inches over the past 80 years.
What Can Be Done?
The key to reducing the impacts of climate change in Bowie is collectively lowering our individual greenhouse gas emissions. The City conducted a Community Greenhouse Gas Inventory and found our biggest emitters are our residential energy usage and transportation sectors. Therefore, your choices will have the biggest impact on climate change in our community. Learn what you can do to reduce your emissions by reducing your energy use,using alternative transportation, composting and more.
Climate Action Plan
View the original 2015 Climate Action Plan.