Climate change has local consequences. It requires local action.
- Calculate your family's carbon footprint. You can use carbon calculators freely available from the EPA or the Nature Conservancy.
- Figure out which of your activities contribute most to global warming, and eliminate or reduce them.
- Consider projects that will cut your long-term carbon emissions, such as installing rooftop solar panels.
- Call, write, or meet local politicians to encourage them to pursue policies aimed at mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to inevitable climate change.
But it also demands national and global policy.
- Support activist organizations like Citizens' Climate Lobby, which presses politicians to take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, or the Sunrise Movement, which advocates for radical economic and social change.
- Call, write, or meet state and federal politicians to demand action on climate change: from cutting fossil fuel subsidies to implementing a carbon tax.
- Join divestment campaigns to take away the money that powers fossil fuel development.
- Most importantly: get politically active and vote for candidates who recognize the threat posed by climate change!