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Climate change could potentially have a major impact on human health and wellbeing. Other environmental issues like air pollution and environmental degradation are already having serious consequences.

Environmentalists often favor interventions that involve changes in personal consumption: travelling less by plane, offsetting carbon emissions, buying more second-hand items, and replacing goods less often, as well as forms of dietary change. Members of the effective altruist community have generally emphasized other approaches, such as political advocacy and donating to effective environmental charities.

Further Reading

Gaensbauer, Evan. 2016. Effective altruism, environmentalism, and climate change: an introduction.
A discussion of how effective altruism relates to environmentalism.

Kuhn, Ben. 2013. Conversation with Alice Yu on Effective Altruism.
A general discussion of effective environmentalism, including criticism of local and organic food.

Zabel, Claire. 2016. Ethical offsetting is antithetical to EA.
A general argument against offsetting.