As America's top climate scientists sounded the alarm on climate change, Environment North Carolina and our national network focused on solutions.

The 2018 update to the National Climate Assessment, released on Nov. 23, painted a sobering picture of the future we face if we don't act quickly to rein in climate change. We're calling for swift and bold action.

"We must act strategically, with urgency, to stifle climate change on a global scale," said Andrea McGimsey, senior director of our network's Global Warming Solutions campaign. "It’s up to all of us—from our elected officials, to the companies we buy from, to our families—to roll up our sleeves, and solve this existential challenge for our country and our world."

Among the solutions backed by Environment North Carolina are local and state commitments to renewable energy, local and state incentives for solar power, greater energy conservation and efficiency, and zero-emission vehicles.

Read our full statement here.

Photo: To stave off the worst effects of climate change, we need to keep fossil fuels in the ground, transitioning to instead to a world powered by clean energy from renewable sources like wind and solar. Credit: SkyLynx/Shutterstock