A Path to a Cooler Planet

At Methane Action, we have a path to restoring atmospheric methane levels and lowering global warming 0.6 degrees Celsius in the next two decades, saving countless lives and ecosystems in the process. Join us!

In a short time, Methane Action has succeeded in bringing together key stakeholders from the research and policy communities, becoming an effective forum for action. This group gets results that have an impact, including funding research, fostering business innovation and raising awareness on a global scale through its work with the COP meetings. Methane Action has helped accelerate my research on this urgent issue.”

Matthew S. Johnson, PhD, Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry, University of Copenhagen
Matthew S. Johnson, PhD, Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry, University of Copenhagen

Methane is a powerful global warming gas responsible for about half of the warming we experience today.  In fact, we can’t meet climate goals unless we address it rapidly. Lowering atmospheric methane is a key lever for reducing near-term warming, and Methane Action is pulling it. Since launching in 2020, we have been effective advocates for prioritizing methane mitigation, and we put the idea of methane removal on the map. Here’s some of what we’ve been up to this year.

  • We are building and leading the methane removal ecosystem. We convene bi-weekly online meetings with scientists, civil society, and leaders in relevant fields worldwide, where they share new ideas and developments related to methane removal, and frame effective strategies to lower atmospheric methane.  This has resulted in peer-reviewed studies, strategic communications, connections, networking, and silo-busting that wouldn’t have happened otherwise, and is building toward critical mass.

“The rapid rise in global atmospheric methane levels is exceeding the rise in CO2 levels, making it now a major contributor to greenhouse gas forcing. The instantaneous impact on global average temperatures is 130X that of CO2 per molecule. We must find efficient ways to capture the gas and convert it to CO2. This can be achieved at known sources, such as old coal mines, or directly from the atmosphere. The work of Methane Action is vital in stimulating and co-ordinating global action to develop the required real-world processes which are urgently needed.”

Sir David King, former chief science advisor to the UK government and founder and chair of the Centre for Climate Repair at Cambridge University

“After participating in Methane Action’s webinar on methane removal and hearing Sir David King’s account of the state of affairs in the Arctic, I knew I could no longer stand on the side lines. I decided then and there to transition my research from health-motivated basic science to finding and developing biological solutions for methane mitigation.”

Jessica Swanson, PhD, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Computational Biophysics, University of Utah.
  • We helped advance methane removal science by funding the first-ever environmental impact modeling study of methane removal, and publishing a peer-reviewed journal article on it. 
  • We successfully engaged public officials on the need for government funding.  We educated key Committees and Members of Congress, briefing dozens of Congressional offices as well as federal agency officials and building support for methane removal R&D, advocating for methane removal R&D to be eligible for federal funding, and working on various fronts to help enable federal agencies to offer grants or contracts.
  • We advanced global governance for methane removal. Methane Action attended COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, and there held a joint press conference with aligned NGOs launching our latest sign-on letter, endorsed by groups like Union of Concerned Scientists and Oxfam International, which calls for a binding Global Methane Agreement.  We are now convening regular meetings with NGOs from around the world on the fastest way to get this done.

Methane Action attended COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, in November, where we held a press conference and participated in strategic discussions with Indigenous Peoples, NGOs, and governments from around the world.

Daphne at COP27 with an indigenous leader. The indigenous woman is stressed in colorful yellow and black patterns with a headdress of yellow blue and red feathers.

This is just the beginning. By the end of 2023, we plan to accomplish two big things

  • Have guided implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act and other U.S. laws to support large public investment in methane removal research and development;
  • To advance a binding, strong Global Methane Agreement that includes governance for methane removal in the US and overseas.

In part, Methane Action’s success reflects the amazing team Methane Action has put together, including the world-class experts advising us and our seasoned staff.

Methane Action was recently nominated for ecoAmerica’s 2023 Climate Leadership Award!

In large part, our progress reflects our community of colleagues and supporters. We can’t do it without your support! Thank you for walking this path with us, and for all you do.

Daphne Wysham, CEO


Methane Action has taken a pledge to take no money from the fossil fuel industry, but we do take money from organizations and individuals like you who believe our work to restore atmospheric methane to pre-industrial levels is vital for present and future generations.

To learn more about Methane Action’s work and how you can support it, please contact Methane Action CEO Daphne Wysham, daphne@methaneaction.org, (503)310-7042, 211 Taylor St., Suite 403E, Port Townsend, Washington 98368

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