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Climate Action as an Individual
Brian Ettling, Greenie Group
An podcast interview with Brian Ettling, who has made a determined effort to figure out things he could do about climate change.
(17 minutes, July 2018)

For longer, more thorough, older-but-still-accurate videos about how to reduce your own carbon footprint, see our archive.

Top Ten Books on the Climate Change Movement
Matthias Dietz, The Guardian, July 2014
A useful annotated list including a good variety of sub-topics; the annotations alone are informative. From one of the editors of the 2014 Routledge Handbook of the Climate Change Movement.

articles & essays
The Climate Defender's Calendar: The Twelve-Year Plan
Kathleen Dean Moore, October 2018
Witty, focused, and encouraging, this blog post offers a schedule of collective actions we might take in response to the IPCC's warning that we need to try hard to keep warming under 1.5° C temperature‒and do so immediately. First, "The Year of the Girding of the Loins."

The Clothing Industry Is Set to Consume a Quarter of the Global Carbon Supply by 2050
Michelle Chen, The Nation, February 2018
For a while now, the fashion industry has been alert to the conditions of the people who make clothes, but it has been slower to dive into sustainability in general, and even slower to think about climate change. This piece looks at the idea of a "circular economy" in sharp contrast with today’s "fast fashion."

Taking On Climate Change
Tatiana Schlossberg, New York Times, May 2018
Portraits of five people who decided to direct their energies into doing something about climate change.

What Can We Do?
Changing Climates @ CSU, December 2013
There are LOTS of things ordinary citizens can do about climate change, and if enough of us do them, individual actions can add up to substantial contributions. This handout might help you decide what's right for you.

Conservatives Probably Can't Be Persuaded on Climate Change. So Now What?
David Roberts, Vox, November 2017
It is worth considering this provocative argument that treating this matter as a fight might succeed better than working towards consensus.

Indivisible: A Practical Guide For Resisting the Trump Agenda
December 2016-January 2017
With a White House, cabinet, and congress hostile to the idea of fighting (or even of accepting the science of) climate change, a different kind of political involvement might be in order for climate-concerned citizens. If you want to exert influence over your members of congress, here is the guide for you‒full of clear, practical, and reasonably detailed information compiled by a volunteer group of former congressional staffers. If you want a short version, the New York Times has one here; if you want the story behind this document, the New Yorker has it here.

5 Things to Do about Climate Change, Just in Time for the New Year
Neil Leary, Huffington Post, December 2016
This is a short but excellent list of actions we can all take, focused on larger-scale, public, political arenas. A good place to start. At the end is also a short list of links for personal-scale actions.

3 Steps to Turn your Congressman into a Climate Champion
Flannery Keck, Citizens' Climate Lobby, December 2016
Clear, practical tips for working with your senators and representatives to strengthen their stance and actions on climate change.

The Green Life: 10 Climate Mistakes Millennials Can Easily Rectify
Assya Barrette, Elite Daily, 2015
A good, short, practical list of easy and effective changes to make in your own life that can truly add up.

Begun by writer/activist Bill McKibben and staffed by a large group of energetic young people, 350.org coordinates and helps initiate global grassroots activism aimed at keeping our atmospheric carbon dioxide as low as possible; projects have included global earth art days, protests against the Keystone pipeline from the Canadian tar sands across the US, and a divestment campaign.

Citizens Climate Lobby
This nonpartisan, nonprofit group aims to "1) create the political will for a stable climate and 2) to empower individuals to have breakthroughs in exercising their personal and political power"‒with a focus on a fee-and-dividend system for carbon.

Fairfax Climate Watch
A good example of concerned citizens who started their own project, in this case to help communicate climate science and connect the dots that will put news in context.

Statistics for Action
With the goal of helping communities understand environmental contamination, this group offers good tips on making statistics understandable as well as other resources such as a magazine about community environmental activism. Though their focus is not on climate change per se, their materials (many in both Spanish and English) might be useful for climate justice actions.

Energy Action Coalition
This campus-centered "coalition of 30 youth-led social and environmental justice organizations work[s] together to build the youth clean energy and climate movement," with activities that include organizing Power Shift gatherings.

Moms Clean Air Force and Mothers Out Front: Mobilizing for a Livable Climate
The first is a grassroots activist and blogging site for (and by) parents who want cleaner air for their children"‒with lots of attention to climate change. The second is a "movement of mothers, grandmothers and caregivers who use their collective energy and voice to convince elected officials and business leaders to push for a swift and complete transition away from fossil fuels, to clean energy"; operating "through house parties held in living rooms, church basements and community centers," to share personal stories, learn about climate change, develop volunteer leaders, and help organize teams of active mothers. Ecodads.org is a related group for fathers, based in California. Those old enough to be grandparents might consider the value of their accumulated experiences and knowledge, their seasoned hearts and brains, and their available time and passion‒and then join Elders Climate Action.

Meat Eater's Guide
Environmental Working Group, 2011
Carefully researched "lifecycle assessments of 20 types of popular meat, fish, dairy and vegetable proteins to determine their full "cradle-to-grave" carbon footprints." The "At-a-Glance" document is the place to start, but there is lots more here as well, including a very detailed full report and many other resources for those who want to eat with the planet's health in mind.

The Climate Mitigation Gap: Education and Government Recommendations Miss the Most Effective Individual Actions
Seth Wynes and Kimberly A. Nicholas, Environmental Research Letters, July 2017
This academic paper, while not especially reader friendly, is an interesting attempt to compare the effectiveness of various ways individuals might lower their own carbon footprints. Some of the results are surprising, and they are all useful to know about. For a quick, readable summary of this paper, see this July 2017 piece by Eric Holthaus in Grist.

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