Just as every fraction of a degree increase in temperature matters, every small action adds up. There are many ways each of us can make a difference, both in our personal lives and through engaging others.
Here is a list of ideas and resources as a guide.
Build Your Knowledge
We recommend the following books. They're perfect for your next book club!
- A Thinking Person’s Guide to Climate Change by Robert Henson
- Climate of Hope by Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope
- Drawdown, The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming edited by Paul Hawken
Take a look at Climate Central’s website. Climate Central is an excellent, independent organization of leading scientists and journalists researching and reporting up-to-date facts on our changing climate.
Ask a Scientist
Challenge Your Knowledge
Bring C-Change to Your Community
Talk to Others
Seriously! Recent research shows that conversations about climate change are critical to building consensus. We can’t act if we don’t talk about it, right? Start talking about your climate change concerns with family and friends. These conversations can sometimes be scary and uncomfortable. The Nature Conservancy offers a really helpful how-to-guide with 4 simple steps to get the conversation started.
If COVID-19 restrictions or other personal circumstances make in-person conversation more difficult, then check out and share The Nature Conservancy’s funny (and informative!) video, too!
Speak up at meetings of business and civic leaders, clubs you participate in, and wherever people gather. Every (seemingly) small action is necessary.
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Change your diet. Eat leftovers: 30-40% of our food is thrown away and, given the energy that goes into making and transporting it, we really should be paying more attention to this. Eat locally and eat less meat.
Decarbonize your home. Get that energy audit for your house. Change your light bulbs out for LEDs and get energy smart appliances. Investigate solar energy and geothermal. Look to buy renewable energy through your public utility.
Call or meet with your elected officials.