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Skill Set & Superpowers

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Action Items:

Skill Set & Superpowers

Handy & Resourceful

Educational

  • Incorporate curriculum/discussion guides in the classroom that bring in topics related to climate change and our relationship with the planet.
  • Inform co-workers and company employees on how they can be more sustainable at their work. Whether it’s recycling in the office, avoiding single use plastics, or sharing materials digitally rather than printing them – you can present these ideas during your lunch hour!
  • Put books about climate change in your nearest little free library. Start exploring a list of kid books in our Educators Toolkit.
  • Avoid printing materials when possible – utilize digital learning and resources!
  • Organize local screenings for your community with films that speak to climate issues (we recommend I am Greta, Before The Flood, Kiss The Ground, and Gather!).
  • Encourage Climate Literacy in your classroom. Utilize our Educators Toolkit to help educate your students on climate change and how they can make a difference.
  • Empower your school to speak up for climate action! Use these free materials from Schools for Climate Action to pass a powerful, non-partisan climate resolution in your school district.

Science & Research

  • 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.
  • Dive into the Clean Power Plan and understand how states can meet their emissions reduction goals.
  • Help reduce actions that diminish against the roles of independent scientists! Contact the Union of Concerned Scientists to protect scientists involved in environmental policy-making from political influence.
  • Set science-based targets for reducing greenhouse emissions within your company or organization. 1,000+ other companies are taking action!
  • Request help from a woman in STEMM through 500 Women Scientists: a resource for journalists, educators, policy makers, scientists, and anyone needing scientific expertise.
  • Amplify polling on climate change, public policy and the energy transition! This supports research
    done by Climate Nexus in collaboration with the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication.

Advocacy & Leadership

  • Be a climate voter – vote for candidates who accept the science of climate change and are committed to addressing it.
  • Demand Recycling Stations in your school, place of work or religious organization. You can apply for recycling grants to help fund your initiative at school!
  • Start a Zero Hour Sister Chapter. If you don’t have a climate justice group in your area, become the leader of one. Apply to create a chapter here.
  • Back a scientist running for office. Few members of Congress identify as scientists, which many science-minded advocates say is part of the problem when it comes to climate legislation. (Curbed)
  • Lead a school climate strike with Fridays for Future.

Creative & Art

  • Are you responsible for a creative institution? Do you work in the entertainment industry? Join the Creatives Industries Pact for Sustainable Action!
  • Sign up to be an Artist for the Earth, a global network campaign that connects and engages the public in climate movement using art.
  • Interested in incorporating climate storytelling in your work? Check out the Climate Story Lab Toolbox from Exposure Labs and Doc Society.
  • Collaborate with Working Films! If you are someone whose passion projects revolve around social justice, expand your knowledge with the opportunities Working Films offers here.
  • If you’re a visual artist, try broadening your style by only using recycled material or trash that would have ended up in a landfill. Check out Washed Ashore: Art To Save The Sea Exhibit as inspiration!
  • Create a climate story with your students, church friends, or other community members to share personal stories of climate change and help others understand how it is relevant to their lives. A climate story is a personal account of climate change from your experience and observations, ranging from despair to hope, from loss to resolve. It is descriptive and makes an emotional connection to climate change.
  • Become a Climate Stories Ambassador.
  • Join Creators for Justice and support climate-justice groups that need pro-bono creative assistance.
  • Do you enjoy working with film? Use Doc Society’s Impact Field Guide & Toolkit as a source on how to make an even bigger impact as a film creator.

Administrative & Organizing

  • Organize friends to attend a climate action strike → Locate them here!
  • Send emails to your senators to demand climate action.
  • Start an Earth Guardian Crew and lead youth toward a fight for climate justice!
  • Tell Wall Street and Congress: Put People Before Polluters. Demand that banks, asset managers and companies stop funding, insuring and investing in climate destruction.
  • Work to stop government subsidies for the beef industry. The US government alone spends $38 billion each year to subsidize the meat and dairy industries, but only 0.04 percent of that ($17 million) each year to subsidize fruits and vegetables. Needless to say, when the price of something is lower, people tend to buy more of it. (Rainforest Alliance)
  • Join your local Sunrise Movement chapter to work with other like-minded individuals fighting to demand climate action, end the corruptive influence of fossil fuel executives on our politics, and elect leaders who stand up for the health and wellbeing of all people.
  • Start a student climate organization at your school or university!
  • Organize local screenings for your community with films that speak to climate issues (even if it’s Moana)!
  • Participate in a lobby day (such as Climate Generation’s annual Youth Lobby Day), or schedule a meeting with your representative on your own.

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