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HERE YOU WILL LEARN:

WHY YOU ARE IMPORTANT
AND
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP



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    Individual Actions

    This is what you can do all alone

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    Community Actions

    This is what you can do together with people from your local community

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    Political Actions

    This is what you can do on the political level – as a voting citizen in a democracy

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• INDIVIDUAL ACTIONS

• Awareness raising:

Learn as much as possible about global warming. Talk about it to family, friends, colleagues, schoolmates. Learn to counter the arguments of climate change deniers. Consider forming a climate discussion group.

Use all kinds of media to do so. Start on this site, watch movies, follow links to other important sites. Get involved!

• Make «Reduce – Repair – Recycle» a lifestyle

Avoid the temptation of buying “stuff” that won’t really make you happier. (Learn the difference between ”need to have” and ”nice to have”

Gifts can be just as much fun to give and receive if they are simple, perhaps hand-made by you. Or, make sure they are truly useful.

Wear you clothes a little longer. Be climate conscious rather than fashion conscious.

Avoid plastic bags. Re-use the ones you have.

Recycle your glass and trash.

• Make your house as energy efficient as possible

Insulate your home as much as possible (windows, roof, walls).

Move your thermostat 2 or 3 degrees down in winter, up in summer if you use air-conditioning. You probably don’t need to heat your house at night.

Consider installing solar panel and/or heat pumps for electricity, heat or hot water.

Use low-energy light bulbs and energy-efficient appliances.

Don’t use a clothes dryer – let your clothes dry on a line or a rack.

Turn off all your electronic equipment when not in use – the ”stand by” function is much more expensive than you think.

• Make your transportation footprint as climate friendly as possible

Cut down on air travel as much as possible. Also: cut down on driving, particularly alone in a car. Use public transportation instead. Bike or walk whenever possible – it’s healthier anyway.

If you need to drive, consider a hybrid or an electric car. Car-pool when possible. Reducing your speed reduces pollution.

• Make your eating habits as climate friendly as possible

Cattle emit methane, a strong greenhouse gas. Avoid or cut down on meat, particularly red meat. Try to avoid dairy products.

Buy local food to reduce transportation. Use fresh food rather than frozen, to reduce energy.

Drink tap water rather than bottled water or drinks (to reduce transportation and use of plastic bottles).


• And finally:

Divest your savings and retirement accounts from fossil fuel stocks & mutual funds.

Have no more than two children – even better: one.

COMMUNITY ACTIONS

Share everything you know about Climate Change in your local community.

Apply the new sharing philosophy: Invent local meeting places for sharing things you don´t need to own, but sometimes need to use. Drive together.

Grow food locally. Learn about local gardening. Start practicing in your own garden. Support local farmers markets

Consider starting a local transition initiative (For more inspiration: Go to: http://transitionnetwork.org/. or our page on transition). The purpose being to prepare for a future without access to an abundance of cheap energy

In addition, this will have the effect of developing a stronger feeling of community and belonging, developing neighborhood activities aimed at more local self-sufficiency and resilience.

• POLITICAL ACTIONS

The most effective steps against climate change can only be taken by our elected leaders, the governments.

Putting pressure on our elected officials therefore becomes our most important tool in the climate battle. Doing everything possible to influence the decisionmakers – locally, nationally and globally – is therefore your best contribution to the battle.

Become Politically active. Demand from the politician or the party you are voting for, that they put the battle against Climate Change on top of the agenda. Look at www.theclimatemobilization.org. and join their efforts to mobilize.

Global warming is the result of excessive emissions of greenhouse gases, notably carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane. CO2 enters the atmosphere when fossil fuels are burned – coal, petroleum and natural gas. If we’re to check global warming, it’s imperative to cut down on fossil fuels. Government policy can do this with measures such as taxing CO2-emitting fuels, banning the construction of coal-fired power plants, limiting the size of car engines, reducing speed limits, subsidizing clean (non carbon-emitting) energy production, subsidizing energy-saving home improvements like insulation, making public transportation widely available (and powered by clean electricity). Measures to reduce methane would include immediately stopping any subsidies for cattle raising.

The world’s population grew from 2 billion to 7 billion people in less than a century, and despite a slight slowing in the growth rate it still continues to grow. More people means less of everything per person – less energy, less drinking water, less land to grow food, less fish, less minerals like copper… And, more land for people – cities, farmland, factories – is less land for other creatures, which is why so many species are going extinct.

The good news is that the number of unplanned pregnancies each year is roughly equal to the net increase in population – about 80 million. If every pregnancy was a desired one, we could solve the problem of out of control population growth. Governments can see to it that modern contraception methods are freely available – in both rich and poor countries. Policies that give incentives or encouragement to large families need to be abandoned.

These public policies are the most urgent, but you will probably think of others.

Manufacturing uses energy, most of it produced from CO2-emitting fuels. Maybe “Programmed obsolescence” – producing things that cannot be repaired but must be replaced – should be banned, and a bureau set up for customer complaints.

Huge sums are spent to persuade people to buy stuff. Perhaps the Advertising industry should be taxed or regulated?

In addition to all of this: Join groups and organizations who are already active in the fighting battle. In real life as well as via internet and social media. Being part of the fight against climate change is much easier, much more fun, and much more inspiring, if you get together with others who share the same values. Find out what is already happening in the world and join the people and organizations you feel you can identify with. Form your own group with friends, colleagues and neighbors. Join large organizations who are already active in this battle. You are about to enter a very exciting and inspiring part of worldwide ongoing activities, and you will get a lot of new friends.

So, take action: promote good public policies through petitions, letters to newspapers, talks, blogs, public discussions, marches, supporting right-minded candidates and voting. Oppose and denounce bad policies. Connect to and join groups and organizations and do what you can to educate everyone around you on the challenges we are facing.

Remember the quote from Robert Swann:
“The Greatest Threat to Our Planet Is the Belief That Someone Else Will Save It”

• GETTING MORE INSPIRATION

For more ideas: Let yourself be inspired by looking at the climate websites introduced in the menu tab «Outside» and at our «Climate Websites» page. They are all filled with good ideas and «Calls to Action».

After that:
Scroll down this page for more inspiration!

“We are the first generation to feel the effect of climate change and the last generation who can do something about it.” President Obama

Most of us are more or less in denial

The secrets of “The Climate Paradox”, brought to you by the Norwegian Climate Psychologist Per Espen Stoknes:

People know more than ever before about global warming, the science is clear, and yet a large percentage of us do not act on what we know.

Three levels of Denial:


INTELLECTUAL
You reject that climate change is happening and that it´s man-made
EMOTIONAL
You accept climate change being real and man-made, but the acceptance stays in your head. It doesn´t affect you emotionally, does not fill your body, does not reach your stomach and your heart.
POLITICAL
You recognize climate change, you are strongly affected emotionally by it, but that does not lead you to become politically active.


the purpose of this site


Is to help you get out of denial, meaning:

– start gathering information actively,
– use your heart and stomach to feel the consequences of Climate Change,
– and become active in the climate battle.

what are you passionate about?


Many of us burn for something. Often centered in the here and now:
Family, economy, education, job, spare time interest, the organization we belong to or some political, spiritual or altruistic involvement.

Also, we try to make strategies and plans for the future. Trying to pave the way to reach our goals.

But how wide and how far is our vision? And how is the visibility? Most of us only register what´s near us in time and space, and we believe the future pretty much will look like a continuation of the immediate past.


This may very well turn out to be wrong. Some very significant organizations, institutions and scientists with deep knowledge of the current global trends are telling us, that we in the near future will be forced to change our plans dramatically.

If the track we are on is blocked,
we will have to find another
before it´s too late


So maybe now is the time to get passionate about the Climate?

As you can see on the “Challenges” page, the effects of climate change are already here, and coming much faster than scientific models have predicted.

There are many good reasons to get involved now. Everyone can do much more than they do. And apathy, and non-involvement are the main reasons if we fail in saving civilization.

Basically we can do things on 3 levels:

– reduce our own carbon footprint
– educating ourselves and others
– preparing local communities for transition


But most importantly:

Get involved politically
Forcing decisionmakers to take the necessary steps to stop global warming

going from words to action

Join a global climate movement

Mobilization everywhere


All over the planet people, groups and organizations are mobilizing. Here you see a few examples, and with a bit of Google search you will find many more. Find a group you like, join it, or start your own initiative.

The Climate Mobilization

The Climate Mobilization is a new, volunteer-powered organization. Our mission is to protect civilization and the natural world from catastrophic climate disruption. We are dedicated to living in climate truth, and believe that working to solve the climate crisis is everyone's responsibility.

Visit "The Climate mobilization"

Find out what they can offer

Click here to go to their website

Transition Network

"When we use the term "Transition" we’re talking about the changes we need to make to get to a low-carbon, socially-just, healthier and happier future..."

Visit "The Transition Network"

Find out what they can offer

Click here to go to their website

350.org

350* is building a global grassroots climate movement that can hold our leaders accountable to the realities of science and the principles of justice.

Visit "350.org"

Find out what they can offer

Click here to go to their website

Imatter youth

iMatter is an organization of youth and adults who are all passionate about the same issue of climate change, who all recognize the power the youth voice has to inspire other people about the issue and inspire them to get involved too.

"We can END THE CLIMATE CRISIS within our lifetimes"

Visit "Imatter Youth"

Find out what they can offer

Click here to go to their website

ourkidsclimate.org

We are parents, grandparents and families from around the world, and we have had enough of political passivity and profit-motivated roadblocks to bold action on climate. We have come together to raise our voices for all children, everywhere, whose futures are at stake due to the escalating climate crisis.

Visit "Ourkidsclimate.org"

Find out what they can offer

Click here to go to their website

This Changes Everything

In addition to being an essential book and movie, "This Changes Everything" also includes a "TAKE ACTION" tab, with material to inspire the next steps of climate Activism

Visit "This Changes Everything"

Go to the website, click the "Take Action" tab, and find out what they can offer

Click here to go to their website

Go to list over important Climate change Organizations


Click here to go to Wikipedia´s list of Climate organizations

Read “The Transformative Power of Climate Truth”

by our ally, Margaret Klein Salamon, director of The Climate Mobilization


Click here to read “The transformative power of climate truth”

Our list of suggestions for how you can contribute personally (close to the top of this page) was inspired by an original made by Dr .Terry Gallagher.

Dr. Gallagher is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. His list is wonderful and feature rich, and we believe it can be used universally.

Click here to go to Dr. Gallagher´s original action list

However, we also felt the need to rearrange his list a little, to better fit our style, culture and purposes. Hence we ended up with the revised list above.

Thank you, Dr. Gallagher, for what was a most inspiring starting point.

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