Don’t get climate change? Watch an animation explaining the phenomenon as a 12-year-old. Global warming is the long-term rise in the average temperature of the Earth’s climate system. It is a major aspect of climate change and has been demonstrated by direct temperature measurements and by measurements of various effects of the warming.
Individual action on climate change can include personal choices in many areas, such as diet, means of long- and short-distance travel, household energy use, consumption of goods and services, and family size. Individuals can also engage in local and political advocacy around issues of climate change.