Satellite view of river landscape showing silt from the banks mixing with clear blue water.
The Mackenzie River in Canada plays a major role in Arctic climate as warmer fresh water mixes with cold seawater. Source: NASA/USGS Landsat 8; Norman Kuring, GSFC

Methane Action is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance global implementation of solutions that will rapidly reduce atmospheric methane concentrations to pre-industrial levels, for the benefit of present and future generations.

Methane Action’s goal is to ensure atmospheric methane, a potent greenhouse gas, is halved from its current dangerous levels of 1.9 parts per million (ppm) to below 1 ppm by 2028.

Methane is a potent warming agent – 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide over 20 years – and atmospheric methane concentrations are rising fast.  But its power as a global warming agent also makes methane a powerful lever for climate restoration.

Not only will reducing atmospheric methane concentrations be critical for keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius, cutting them in half in this decade could roll back overall climate forcing to 2005 levels, effectively turning back the clock on climate change, opening new time horizons and pathways for other climate actions to succeed. It would also have important co-benefits for health and agricultural yields.

Combining aggressive reduction of new methane emissions with a robust program for lowering the concentration of methane already in the atmosphere would complement our other climate strategies and put ambitious climate goals more within reach.

Cutting atmospheric methane is a bold mission that must be accomplished on a solid evidence basis, subject to environmental review and independent scrutiny, with equity and respect for all people.  It’s a high-stakes proposition with a steep learning curve.

Methane Action is climbing it, fast.  Click here to stay updated on our progress or to get involved.