Today across America, families and communities are recognizing the need for a fundamental change in the way we go about our daily lives, and it's not just about climate change. Scientists are reporting a steady decline in other global life support systems including our water, biodiversity, oceans, fisheries, forests and more. Communities are seeing other forms of decline including economic disparity, decaying infrastructure, sprawl, traffic, crime and addiction to name a few. In short, "unless we change our direction, we're likely to end up where we're headed."
Climate friendly living is not just about climate. It offers a way of living and working that meets today's needs without causing harm to the environment, to other people or to future generations. It is durable, economically balanced, vibrant, healthy and satisfying to the human spirit. Climate friendly living uses techniques and technologies that are widely available today to help us rethink, rebuild and restore our communities. It can help ensure that we and others eat, drink, work, play, shop, travel and in general live and prosper in an enduring manner. It offers a practical gateway to an environmentally sound, economically secure and personally fulfilling future.