There are many practical actions individuals can take to address climate change. Here are some resources that can help you get started.
1. Learn more and stay informed:
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- The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) provides a basic overview of global warming, its causes, and its impacts.
- Explore the history of Earth’s climate, view real-time satellites datasets in 3D, check out the Sea Level and Global Ice Viewers, and more on NASA’s interactive climate site.
- Skeptical Science provides answers to many of the most common myths and misunderstandings about climate change.
- RealClimate is a commentary site on climate science by working climate scientists for the interested public and journalists.
- GlobalChange.gov links to the U.S. National Climate Assessment, which summarizes climate change in the United States every four years. GlobalChange.gov also is a clearinghouse for all climate change research by the U.S. Government.
- The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) organizes thousands of climate experts worldwide to synthesize, summarize, and report the latest scientific understanding of the causes, consequences and potential solutions to climate change.
2. Reduce your carbon emissions:
3. Become a citizen climate scientist:
4. Take political action:
One of the most important things you can do is write (by regular mail) or call your local, state or federal representatives. Letting your decision-maker know what you think, especially about specific policy proposals being considered, can make a real difference.
- Contact your elected officials. Visit Project Vote Smart, where you can type in your address and instantly find all your federal and state representatives, their voting records, issue positions, ratings, and campaign finance information.
- The League of Conservation Voters aggregates voting records of US Senators and Representatives into the National Environmental Scorecard.
- The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) Action Center provides tools and information to take a variety of political actions online and offline.
- Citizens Climate Lobby arms citizens with the information, skills and opportunities to lobby Congress, state and local officials, and other leaders.
- 350.org connects activists and organizes climate actions big and small around the world.
Note: The postings above are provided as informational resources and do not indicate endorsement by The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication