Climate change is the defining environmental challenge of our time—one we cannot solve in our country without solving it in the South. Our region plays an outsized role in contributing to climate change and stands to suffer severe consequences as it impacts our region’s natural resources. Our communities experience more intense flooding, extreme heat, and vanishing mountain forests and wildlife. This is why nearly everything we do at SELC tackles the causes and consequences of climate change.
Explore how rising seas impact coastal communities.
Fighting fossil fuel extraction and forest loss
Harmful practices to extract fossil fuels—from mountaintop removal to fracking—and to cut down carbon-storing forests are driving climate change and hurting our communities. We’re working to stop them.
Learn what it took to stop the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
Addressing climate changing transportation pollution
From reducing carbon emissions to increasing the number of electric vehicles on roads, reducing transportation pollution is a key tool in the climate fight.
Advancing clean energy
Our legal and policy wins secure cleaner and more affordable energy across the South, with the jobs and healthier communities that come along with it.
See the success of solar in the sunny south.
Minimizing climate impacts
In addition to stopping climate pollution, we find solutions to mitigate the unavoidable effects of climate change that threaten our communities and natural systems.