By Abigail Knopps
Climate change is one of the most challenging issues we face today. From raging wildfires to food shortages – the effects can be felt throughout the world. We can no longer sit idly by as this crisis reaches its tipping point. We must engage with others and attempt to reverse the effects before it is too late.
To aid in mitigation efforts, powerful people from across the globe have come together and developed plans.
Bill and Melinda Gates
Over the past 20 years, Microsoft Co-Founder Bill Gates has studied the effects of climate change. In 2006 when billions were being invested in solar and other green technologies during the “clean tech” explosion, Gates dove headfirst into nuclear energy investments. Despite heavy losses as the industry shifted to fracking, Gates continued to invest in climate mitigation efforts.
At the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, Gates introduced his climate initiative, Breakthrough Energy Ventures, which garnered support from 28 billionaires and 20 countries who had committed to doubling their spending to fund research and development for clean energy alternatives.
“In another 20 years, you’re not going to be wondering if you got a return. You’re wondering if there’s going to be a planet left for your great-grandchildren.”
— Larry Cohen, CEO of Gates Ventures
Learn more about Bill and Melinda Gates Climate Efforts
During his tenure as Mayor of New York City (2002 – 2013), Mike Bloomberg pushed for green initiatives to be implemented across the city. In 2007, he introduced PlaNYC – a major strategic plan for preparing residents for the climate crisis and enhancing their quality of life.
Since, Bloomberg has been engaged with climate initiatives related to the following:
Learn more about Mike Bloomberg’s Climate Initiatives
Former Vice President Al Gore has been a climate activist for more than 40 years. Throughout his time in public service, Gore has prioritized climate solution efforts.
Here are just some of the things Gore has been able to accomplish during his time in office and beyond:
Learn More about Al Gore’s Climate Leadership
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To fulfill this, we aim to adhere as strictly as possible to the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 (WCAG 2.1) at the AA level. These guidelines explain how to make web content accessible to people with a wide array of disabilities. Complying with those guidelines helps us ensure that the website is accessible to all people: blind people, people with motor impairments, visual impairment, cognitive disabilities, and more.
This website utilizes various technologies that are meant to make it as accessible as possible at all times. We utilize an accessibility interface that allows persons with specific disabilities to adjust the website’s UI (user interface) and design it to their personal needs.
Additionally, the website utilizes an AI-based application that runs in the background and optimizes its accessibility level constantly. This application remediates the website’s HTML, adapts Its functionality and behavior for screen-readers used by the blind users, and for keyboard functions used by individuals with motor impairments.
If you’ve found a malfunction or have ideas for improvement, we’ll be happy to hear from you. You can reach out to the website’s operators by using the following email
Our website implements the ARIA attributes (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) technique, alongside various different behavioral changes, to ensure blind users visiting with screen-readers are able to read, comprehend, and enjoy the website’s functions. As soon as a user with a screen-reader enters your site, they immediately receive a prompt to enter the Screen-Reader Profile so they can browse and operate your site effectively. Here’s how our website covers some of the most important screen-reader requirements, alongside console screenshots of code examples:
Screen-reader optimization: we run a background process that learns the website’s components from top to bottom, to ensure ongoing compliance even when updating the website. In this process, we provide screen-readers with meaningful data using the ARIA set of attributes. For example, we provide accurate form labels; descriptions for actionable icons (social media icons, search icons, cart icons, etc.); validation guidance for form inputs; element roles such as buttons, menus, modal dialogues (popups), and others. Additionally, the background process scans all of the website’s images and provides an accurate and meaningful image-object-recognition-based description as an ALT (alternate text) tag for images that are not described. It will also extract texts that are embedded within the image, using an OCR (optical character recognition) technology. To turn on screen-reader adjustments at any time, users need only to press the Alt+1 keyboard combination. Screen-reader users also get automatic announcements to turn the Screen-reader mode on as soon as they enter the website.
These adjustments are compatible with all popular screen readers, including JAWS and NVDA.
Users can also use shortcuts such as “M” (menus), “H” (headings), “F” (forms), “B” (buttons), and “G” (graphics) to jump to specific elements.
We aim to support the widest array of browsers and assistive technologies as possible, so our users can choose the best fitting tools for them, with as few limitations as possible. Therefore, we have worked very hard to be able to support all major systems that comprise over 95% of the user market share including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Opera and Microsoft Edge, JAWS and NVDA (screen readers), both for Windows and for MAC users.
Despite our very best efforts to allow anybody to adjust the website to their needs, there may still be pages or sections that are not fully accessible, are in the process of becoming accessible, or are lacking an adequate technological solution to make them accessible. Still, we are continually improving our accessibility, adding, updating and improving its options and features, and developing and adopting new technologies. All this is meant to reach the optimal level of accessibility, following technological advancements. For any assistance, please reach out to