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:

As a part of their 17 Sustainability Goals for the planet, The United Nations has developed many ways to get into action including the Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World which is a great list of ideas of things you can do now – even from your couch.
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.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. One of the pieces of legislation they are working on is HR 763 which is outlined here. You can find a local chapter near you here. You can e-mail the local Seattle group to find out about upcoming meetings at: seattle@citizensclimatelobby.org.
People for Climate Action (PCA). PCA’s mission is to help local governments develop and implement comprehensive climate action plans to reach the greenhouse gas reduction targets set by the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration, which include a 50% reduction by 2030.
Inspiring participation in global regeneration, starting with soil. Six years ago, a group of friends gathered in Ryland Engelhart’s living room in Venice, CA, inspired by one thing – healthy soil microbes, working with plants and animals, can sequester carbon from the atmosphere. They have several videos, education programs and programs focused on regenerating the earth through healthy soul. Find out more about them here.

Carbon Offsets and Removal Programs

Cool Effect is a nonprofit working to provide individuals, businesses and universities with triple-verified, financially strong and ethically sound projects to offset their carbon footprint. The California Bay Area nonprofit also has a Travel Offset Tool which allows individuals to offset their travel based on flight duration. Check out their projects here.
Carbonfund.org works with the best certification bodies in the business to deliver the highest quality offsets. These include the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards, the American Carbon Registry, and the Verified Carbon Standard.
Nori‘s doing something different to help reverse Climate Change. They are creating a marketplace 100% focused n removing carbon from the atmosphere. You can help drive climate change into reverse by buying Nori’s first carbon removals,and claim your certificate for carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere. You can see one of their first projects focused on regenerating soil health to promote carbon sequestration here.

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”).
In addition to the book, teaching courses, and fantastic blog, Kiss the Ground has a YouTube Channel full of videos to help educate you, your friend and family on the power of creating healthy soil through regenerative practices such as composting and using cover crops in farming to help reverse climate change.

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
Science meets inspiration in this tale of nature’s best hidden innovation: soil. The Soil Story, created by Kiss the Ground, is a five-minute film that shares the importance of healthy soil for a healthy planet. Learn how we can “sequester” (store) carbon from our atmosphere, where it is harmful, and pull it back into the earth, where it belongs, through regenerative agriculture, composting, and other land management practices.
A follow up to The Soil Story http://bit.ly/2pmOgg3 a 5-min video on how soil can sequester carbon from the atmosphere to balance the climate.
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 Reversing Global Warming: Introduction to Drawdown:

CREDIT: Main photo by Nikola Jovanovic on Unsplash