Take Climate Action

1. Talk about climate change and solutions. Learn more.

REWARD/PERK: Knowing and feeling that you are doing something good for the world.

  • Learn about climate change and climate solutions. Get information from reliable and relevant sources. (See our Resources page.)
  • Climate change is a challenging topic to face – explore these topics using both logic and feeling, notice your thoughts and feelings.
  • Talk with your people about climate change and climate solutions: How does/will climate change impact the things that are valuable to you?  How is climate change connected to the way we use and produce energy?  What can we do individually and especially what kind of collective action can we take to reduce our carbon footprint?
  • Remember: Climate change does not need to be a partisan issue. (See our Resources page.)
  • When you you talk with a person who is not able or willing to face the climate reality: Always stay civil. Counter misinformation / fake news about climate science referring to reliable sites like NASA, Skeptical Science, Scientific American.
  • Reduce your own carbon footprint: Turn off lights when you leave a room. Reuse and recycle everything you can. Carpool. Ride a bus or bike or take a train when you can instead of driving. Reduce your junk mail. Waste less food. Eat less meat. Lower your room temperatures in the winter time and minimize the use of air-conditioning in the summer.
  • CELEBRATE YOUR CLIMATE VICTORIES!

 

2. Be/become an active Energy Citizen.

REWARD/PERK: Feeling less powerless and more empowered.

  • Contact your federal, state and local leaders and make sure they support and actively work for energy efficiency and clean energy economy.
  • Vote with your wallet: Switch to  wind / solar energy. Buy energy efficient appliances. Support climate responsible companies.
  • Switch to a hybrid or a fuel efficient car.
  • Get a home energy audit and use it to make your home more efficient.
  • Compost your kitchen waste.
  • Join or form a community group and take collective climate action.
  • Write a letter to the editor.
  • Keep talking with all your people about the ways climate change is changing our lives, about the causes of climate change -how our use of fossil fuels is contributing to climate change- , and about collective climate action we need to take to bring our carbon emissions down.
  • CELEBRATE YOUR CLIMATE VICTORIES!

 

 

3.  Go fossil free.

REWARD/PERK: The content feeling when you know that you have done your best.

  • Challenge your local, state and federal representatives to create ways that make it easy for everyone to improve the energy efficiency of their homes and workplaces and reduce their carbon emissions.
  • Organize your neighborhood or workplace to go solar and/or invest in renewable energy projects.
  • Retrofit your house to become as energy efficient as it can be.
  • Go renewable: Get a solar loan and buy your own panels, lease solar panels or join a solar co-op. Install geothermal heat pump. Buy a small-scale wind turbine.
  • Buy an electric car.
  • CELEBRATE YOUR CLIMATE SUCCESS!