My top five suggestions:
Talk about climate change with your friends, family, co-workers, and acquaintences. Societal transformations happen when enough of us (10%) are caring and talking about an issue. Anthony Leiserowitz, Yale Program on Climate Communication, has ten words to get you started. Katherine Hayhoe’s Global Weirding series is also a great source for ideas to talk about.
Join a climate action group and participate, even just one action a month. Here are ones:
Citizens’ Climate Lobby to create the political will for climate solutions by enabling individual breakthroughs in the exercise of personal and political power. Non-partisan non-profit working for federal carbon fee and dividend law.
Our Children’s Trust securing the legal right to a stable climate and healthy atmosphere for all present and future generations.
Our Climate mobilizes and empowers the genrations most affected by climate change to pass inclusive, science-based climate policy through creative, civic engagement.
350.org to build a global, grassroots climate movement that can hold our leaders accountable to the realities of science and the principles of justice.
Ask your elected officials to take action to fight climate change. Here’s a link to find your Member of Congress. Messages telling your Member(s) of Congress that addressing climate change is your top priority, or asking them to enact specific climate policy actions, such as carbon pricing, support for renewable energy projects or higher energy efficiency standards are all important ways to have an impact. So is writing to say simply that you will vote only for those working for strong action to solve the climate crisis.
Reduce your carbon footprint and Offset the rest. Take steps you find workable to reduce the carbon emissions you are responsible for, then offset your remaining carbon emissions by purchasing carbon offsets which fund projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions elsewhere. Here are several recommended websites to get started:
Carbon Fund Climate Care NativeEnergy Terrapass.
Donate any amount at all to a climate solutions group. You can donate to one of the climate groups mentioned above (Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Our Children’s Trust, 350.org, Our Climate).
Another option is to donate to the Sierra Club, Environmental Defense Fund, Natural Resources Defense Fund, or Union of Concerned Scientists with instructions that your money must go to climate programs.
Two final pieces of advice and encouragement:
- Do something, do anything, just don’t do nothing
- It is worth picking from these suggestions the choices(s) that resonate with you, and not the ones that don’t. There is something for everyone to do. Thank you for caring!
Climate Change and Environment:
Climate Progress: http://climateprogress.org
Climate Central: http://www.climatecentral.org/
David Roberts, Vox: http://www.vox.com/authors/david-roberts
High Country News: http://www.hcn.org
InsideClimate News: http://insideclimatenews.org
More than Scientists morethanscientists.org
Real Climate: www.realclimate.org
Skeptical Science: www.skepticalscience.com
Sightline Daily–Northwest News that Matters: http://daily.sightline.org
Union of Concerned Scientists Global Warming website: http://www.ucsusa.org/global_warming
Yale Environment 360: http://e360.yale.edu/
NOAA Climate Information websites:
National Climatic Data Center http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov
National Climatic Data Center State of the Climate: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/