What Can I Do?

The prospect of climate change might be overwhelming at times and you may find yourself unsure where to start or maybe you have taken some steps but you are looking for additional inspiration. This page is for you!

Connect with other people in Seattle who are familiar with and actively engaged in solutions to reverse global warming with your personal insight and progress on our Facebook page or join us at a future event on Meetup.

Organizations to Connect With:

Project Drawdown
Project Drawdown is the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming. They gathered a qualified and diverse group of researchers from around the world to identify, research, and model the 100 most substantive, existing solutions to address climate change. What was uncovered is a path forward that can roll back global warming within thirty years.
Pachamama Alliance is a global community that offers people the chance to learn, connect, engage, travel and cherish life for the purpose of creating a sustainable future that works for all. The Pachamama Alliance offers a great number of resources and ways to learn and engage.
NOTE: Pachamama Alliance now offers a free 90 minute online Introduction to Drawdown here.
Plant trees while you search the web or plan your next vacation.
Ecosia uses the profit they make from your searches to plant trees where they are needed most. Get the free browser extension and plant trees with every search. Backed by the powerful Bing search engine from Microsoft, you can download the mobile app, or add to Chrome, Firefox, Edge or add the new Mac App Extension.
Eco Collective in Ballard , WA is a one-stop shop for all things sustainable. They are building a growing collective of people who are passionate about the outdoors and committed to keeping it beautiful. If you are ready to find tried-and-true eco-friendly alternatives to your everyday products, this is an incredible place in Seattle operated and owned by three passionate, strong, and visionary women. They also have a great blog full of ideas for living a more sustainable life.

Things to Watch

Series

Created by PBS Digital Studios, Hot Mess is a show about how climate change impacts all of us, and about how we can create a better future for our planet and ourselves. This is a very approachable series and covers a wide variety of topics including Why We’ve Ignored Climate Change, The Best Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint and Why Climate Change is So Hard to Talk About. Episodes are available on YouTube, their Web Site and the PBS Video App (search for “Hot Mess”).

Must-See Documentaries:

The Biggest Little Farm: A Charming True Story about creating a Regenerative Farm in California.
2040: What Could the World Look Like if We Embraced the Solutions of Drawdown? Not yet in the United States but we are working hard to get a screening going.

Top Talks:

Drawdown: Is it possible to reverse global warming?
From the Introduction to Drawdown session, Will Grant on the Four Levels of Action
Why You Should Become a Climate Activist. Luisa Neubauer is a climate activist, author and leader of the “Fridays For Future” school strike movement.
Project Drawdown Overview Ted Talk. What if we took out more greenhouse gases than we put into the atmosphere? This hypothetical scenario, known as “drawdown,” is our only hope of averting climate disaster, says strategist Chad Frischmann.
Can you discuss Climate Change in one of the more conservative parts of the United States? Katharine Hayhoe can and does and she discusses how.

Greta Thunberg discusses the compelling reasons to act now.
Per Espen Stoknes discusses the psychology of Global Warming and how to get people engaged to act.

Great Reading

Books

Lagom is a great book on living a balanced life with yourself, your friends and family and the world in general. Chock full of great insight on how to live a happier life and help the environment in the process.https://www.amazon.com/Lagom-Little-Swedish-Living-Balanced/dp/0062748793
Like the web site, the Drawdown book describes the 100 most substantive solutions to global warming. For each solution, they describe its history, the carbon impact it provides, the relative cost and savings, the path to adoption, and how it works. The goal of the research that informs Drawdown is to determine if we can reverse the buildup of atmospheric carbon within thirty years. The book is beautiful and full of essays from Paul Hawken, Michael Pollan, Pope Francis and many others.

Articles and Essays

10 Most Viable Global Climate Solutions by 1% for the Planet. In this online article, 1% for the Planet covers the top 10 Drawdown solutions with organizations in the 1% network who are actually working on enabling those solutions.

Why Bother? By Michael Pollan. An article originally written in 2008 for the New York Times which you can find an abbreviated version of in the Drawdown Book. This article explores the enormity of the climate crisis and why you should consider “bothering” to care and some ideas of what you might do (hint: Michael is really into gardening. 🙂

Laudato Si: On Care For Our Common Home By Pope Francis. No matter your religious leaning, Pope Francis published this Encyclical letter in 2015 with the hope to unite people across the world with the intention of focusing on the care of the one planet we have.

Materials from Introduction to Drawdown:

CREDIT: Main photo by Nikola Jovanovic on Unsplash