We all have one, and identifying yours is the first step in becoming an advocate for climate action.
Level 1 : Start the Conversation
Level 2: Lead Your Community
Level 3: Rebuild the Machinery
Number of phone calls needed to make a South Carolina representative "feel like their doors are being blown off," says Tara Spicer, a Republican strategist in the state, which has a medium-size population. Adjust for the size of your state accordingly, pick your issue, and start dialing.
GET OUTSIDE Advocating for major change can be exhausting, so take time to remember what you're saving. Go birding, and go often. You can even turn this breather into an action by joining Audubon’s Climate Watch program, which tracks how climate change affects certain species. “I have a passion for counting birds,” says Leif Anderson, an avid Climate Watch volunteer. “It’s a fun, easy community-science project, and it’s something one person can do.”
Level 4: Join a National Cause
The number of countries in which people joined the September 20th Global Climate Strike inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. More than 4 million people are estimated to have participated in the protest worldwide. Don't forget: You are not alone.
PRACTICE PATIENCE Climate denial tends to be rooted in a person's identity or ideology; all the facts in the world won't change their mind, according to atmospheric scientist and communication whiz Katharine Hayhoe. So avoid frustrating arguments. Instead, start with shared values—economic security, or a faith-based sense of stewardship—and discuss how a changing climate puts that common ground at risk. Then explore solutions to protect what you both care about.
Climate News Feed
Congress Votes to Restore Methane Emissions Regulations in a Boost to Combating Climate Change
President Biden is expected to sign the resolution, which will reinstate limits on the dangerous greenhouse gas.
Bipartisan Bill Addressing Pollution on Working Lands and Economic Support to Landowners Passes Senate
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Biden's Silence on Minnesota Oil Pipeline Frustrates Advocates
Line 3, a comparable project to the canceled Keystone XL pipeline, runs counter to the president's stated climate and environmental goals.
Legislation Would Strengthen Funding Streams for Coastal Restoration By Sharing Revenue from Offshore Wind
As storms continue to pummel our coasts, increased funding for coastal restoration is necessary to protect our communities and wildlife from the worst effects of climate change.