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Climate Issue

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Climate Issue

Technology & STEM

  • Increase equity and access in STEM education, especially for communities that are disproportionately affected by climate change. Here’s an example of a STEM afterschool program.
  • For teachers: bring space, our universe, and our planet into your classroom.
  • Learn more about IoT devices and innovative initiatives to combat climate change (Interact, IoT for all).
  • Read this Vox article to learn about the International Energy Agency’s technological innovations to achieve net-zero carbon emissions and recommendations for how to move forward.
  • Study the areas of STEM and technology that speak most to your interests and experiences to better support research and development in those sectors.
  • Request help from a woman in STEMM through 500 Women Scientists: a resource for journalists, educators, policy makers, scientists, and anyone needing scientific expertise.

Renewable Energies

  • Read about the need for climate-focused agriculture policy and take action here!
  • Voice your support for local clean energy projects in your community.
  • Teach kids about renewable energy from a young age! You can even make solar-powered s’mores.
  • Change your incandescent light bulbs into LED. LED lights are up to 80% more efficient than fluorescent or incandescent lights. In comparison to your standard light bulb, 95% of an LED’s energy is converted into light while only 5% is wasted as heat. The less amount of energy you demand from power plants decreases the greenhouse gas emissions making for a happier planet! (Earth Institute)
  • Add solar panels to your house. The Energy Department has a good resource guide for homeowners, while Google’s Project Sunroof helps calculate the potential benefits of home installation.
  • Use a programmable thermostat. Instead of keeping your house a constant 70 degrees, invest in an automatic thermostat, which can cost as little as $25. Higher-end smart thermostats can customize your temperatures so you’re not blasting the air conditioning when no one is home. (Curbed)

Finance & Investments

  • Move your money away from fossil fuel funders with the help of Stop the Money Pipeline. Choose a local bank or credit union; avoid the big banks like Chase, Wells Fargo and Bank of America that fund the fossil fuel industry. Find a list of better banking options on their site.
  • Disinvest from carbon-heavy industries and investments by using this guide from Intuit Turbo. Making sure your financial portfolio matches your beliefs is a sound investment in our collective future. Many mutual funds and retirement accounts offer clean energy and carbon-free options, and groups such as Carbon Tracker have helped demonstrate the risk of carbon-heavy investments in light of a worldwide shift toward cleaner energy.
  • Support the Adaptation Fund which uses grants to finance localized projects and programmes that help vulnerable communities in developing countries adapt and build resilience to climate change.
  • Build public pressure to create “green” banks and encourage banks to subsidize adaptation projects
    for sustainable housing development.

Food, Agriculture & Regeneration

  • Learn about Regenerative Organic Certified food, what it means & where you can buy ROC-certified products.
  • Support farmer’s markets & local food. Use the USDA directory + Local Food Source map to locate local farmers markets. Did you know that food in the U.S. travels an average of 1,500 miles to get to your plate? All this shipping uses fossil fuels and other natural resources, and generates GHG emissions. (CUESA)
  • Meal Prep for the week. In reducing food waste and preventing the habit of overbuying your groceries, get organized and plan out your recipes and food needs before you head to the market.
  • Eat more plants. If you need extra incentive, check out this food footprint calculator, which shows you the climate footprint of everything from beer and beef to peas and pasta—all in terms even the most science-phobic can understand.
  • Start a composting bin, even in your fridge!
  • Listen to episode #275 and #276 of the Green Dreamer podcast to learn more about decentralizing power in agriculture and regenerative agriculture legislation (Find more episodes here).

Protection of Land & Other Resources

  • Use this remote sensing tool from The Environmental Defense Fund and Google to map local air pollution. Neighborhoods can use the data to reduce emissions and target communities most at risk for health issues.
  • Recognize that America’s public lands play a vital role in protecting nature’s biodiversity, wildlife migration corridors, Indigenous culture, and slowing the impacts of a changing climate. The more land we conserve the more resilient they will be and the United States has committed to protect at least 30% of our public lands and waters by 2030. Explore America’s National Conservation Lands, and volunteer with a community group working to conserve these lands and more of them to help meet the 30% by 2030 goal.
  • Sign petitions that protect indigenous lands in your area. (Here’s one to start!)
  • Reduce water waste! Saving water reduces carbon pollution as it takes a lot of energy to pump, heat, and treat your water. So take shorter showers, turn off the tap while brushing your teeth, and switch to WaterSense-labeled fixtures and appliances. (NRDC)
  • Use Native Land to learn about what land you are currently on and understand, “Decolonization is not a metaphor.” We must follow native leadership when crafting climate policies and approaches for Indigenous peoples are the original stewards of the land.
  • Sign a geohazard petition from Citizens for a Healthy Community to protect all Coloradans from oil and gas spills.
  • Learn more about Native-led movements for land protection (such as for Mauna Kea and the Dakota Access Pipeline) and support the organizations involved.
  • Read up on the Endangered Species Act and search petitions to protect it!

Storytelling & Communications

  • Download the Climate Story Lab Toolbox to engage in climate communication strategies and climate storytelling.
  • Follow influencers who care about the environment! We love this curated list.
  • Join Creators for Justice and support climate-justice groups that need pro-bono creative assistance.
  • Understand “why every city needs a climate storyteller” and envision how your skills can be used to create media that incorporates climate storytelling.
  • Document the physical and emotional effects of climate change over time. This can be used as an educational tool and could result as a photo series, multimedia project, or even a short film such as “Lowland Kids”.
  • Read and share personal climate stories from Our Climate Voices to help raise awareness about how climate change is personally impacting communities.
  • Have a story to tell about how you’re making a difference in climate issues in your community? Submit your story to Passport to Change to share how your work is aligning with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to read the stories and insights of other youth climate activists from around the world.

Climate Justice & Intersectional Environmentalism

  • Educate yourself on intersectional environmentalism and how climate justice is racial justice.
  • Recognize that indigenous sovereignty is crucial for the environment movement. We must follow native leadership when crafting climate policies and approaches. Read this caption for accounts to follow online and watch Gather to learn more about food sovereignty.
  • Sign up to be an ambassador with Zero Hour if you’d like to educate your community on the Green New Deal.
  • Participate in a Climate Justice Accountability Program on behalf of your business or organization.
  • Support organizations working on environmental justice. Find a few suggestions from Green Dreamer here.
  • Listen to an episode on creating community gardens in food deserts and read more about environmental justice.

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