Resources for Understanding Climate Change
7 Questions About the Climate Crisis You Might Be Embarrassed to Ask. The Climate Reality Project has the answers. Take their short quiz to test what you know.
What is Climate Change? A Really Simple Guide. This BBC News report illustrates how human activity has driven up temperatures and changed the climate putting all life on Earth in danger.
How many tons of CO2 do you create every year? For example, the average American emits 16 tons – the same as charging nearly 20 million smartphones or burning 18,000 pounds (8164 Kilograms) of coal. See your footprint with the United Nations Carbon Footprint Calculator.
Help Kids Understand Climate Change – NASA scientists explain the basic science with fun interactive activities.
Ways to Solve the Climate Crisis in Your Everyday Life
Do more and make a bigger impact with AWorld – a free mobile app to guide and inspire you in taking tangible, everyday actions to save the planet. You can choose and track a set of sustainable habits and see the impact you are making in terms of CO2, water and electricity saved.
Ways to be Part of Climate Action in Your Community and Globally
Fight for climate solutions and spread the truth about the climate crisis. Join your local chapter of The Climate Reality Project. Started by Nobel Laureate and former US Vice President Al Gore after the release of his Academy Award-winning film “An Inconvenient Truth”, this grassroots group now has over 31,000 trained climate action leaders in 170 countries.
www.citizensclimatelobby.org. Become part of the global movement by finding a local chapter of friends of like-mind. Learn about climate change and how you and your unique talents can make a difference.
From starting a conversation with your neighbor to a new recycling program, check out the resources at Climate Generation –founded by polar explorer, Will Steger, to help communities find equitable solutions to climate change.
Join Other Young People Fighting to Solve the Climate Crisis
Greta Thunberg sparked an awakening, uniting students and activists around the globe to protest and demand leaders take real action on global warming. The young people of Fridays for Future direct their focus to nature and away from the material world. They want to concentrate on the climate and its changes and take responsibility for each person.
Since 2016, the Sunrise Movement has built an army of young climate activists across the US. Through in-person events and on social media they raise public awareness and hold elected leaders accountable. Join a welcome call or contact one of their 400 Sunrise hubs.
Young people demand urgent climate action ahead of the UN Youth Climate Summit. Photo: DESA
Be heard on Youth Voices, Unfiltered through The Reach Not Preach platform created by the United Nations Youth In Action. Scroll through to see other’s take on the global climate emergency and the work they are doing to end the climate crisis.
Watch the #Youth4ClimateLive interactive, 9-part series to get ready for pre-COP26 (UN Framework Convention on Climate Change) meeting in Milan Italy September 28-30, 2021 where 400 young climate champions from the 197 member countries will meet to develop concrete proposals to be presented at the COP26 meeting in Glasgow 31 October – 12 November, 2021.
Get updates on COP26 @Connect4Climate.
Good News on Climate Crisis Action
All over the world, governments and companies are investing in technologies to remove the carbon we make from the atmosphere. For example — Concrete creates 8% of the worlds cardon dioxide emissions. E-Commerce tech company Stripe has committed $8M to six new carbon removal companies. One is CarbonBuilt – a company that makes new concrete building material from trapped CO2.
What’s Good for Grass Is Good for the Earth – Farmers are fighting climate change by repairing California’s grasslands. Alta Magazine highlights their groundbreaking work to fight global warming.
EU lawmakers approve deal on climate neutrality by 2050 – ABC News explains what this means for the rest of the world to reduce carbon emissions.
Why trees are our #1 solution to stopping the climate crisis – 8 Billion Trees shows how much trees heal our world.
Check the United Nations Climate Action Fast Facts page for regular updates and findings on climate and its links to the economy, social issues, nature and more.
News in Climate Science
Our planet’s atmosphere trapped twice as much heat in 2019 as it did in 2005 – TreeHugger has collected the latest scientific conclusions.
Himalayan glaciers will collapse more frequently as climate warms, experts say – ABC News reports the latest on exactly why glaciers are melting.
Polar bears could be lost by 2100 as the Arctic melts – this BBC News report details why polar bears are dying off as sea ice melts.
The US weather agency says climate patterns will produce more storms in 2021 than normal.
“The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming” by David Wallace-Wells. A comprehensive and chilling view of our climate emergency that will deeply move you to take immediately action to help stop the crisis.
“Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming” by bestselling author and environmental activist, Paul Hawken.
Continue your climate solutions journey and sign-up to Project Drawdown for videos on the latest science and insights from experts.
Books for Kids
“Our World Out of Balance: Understanding Climate Change and What We Can Do” by Andrea Minoglio. An encouraging and comprehensive illustrated nonfiction guide introducing children to the important topic of climate change with clear facts and positive solutions.
Award-winning director Damon Gameau’s 2019 documentary, “2040” is a visual letter to his 4-year-old daughter. Using high-end effects Gameau explores what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them rapidly into the mainstream. On the film’s site, you can create your personalized action plan to bring to life your 2040.
Based on the film,“2040: A Handbook for the Regeneration” is a practical manual that provides you and your family with the tools and inspiration to live a more sustainable life – NOW.
Sir David Attenborough’s stunning 2019 Netflix eight-part series, “Our Planet” shows how Earth’s habitats and the life they support are being destroyed by rising temperatures and sea levels and ocean acidification. Attenborough narrates, “The stability that we and all life relies upon is being lost. What we do in the next 20 years will determine the future for all life on Earth.”
The award-winning, 2016 documentary “Before the Flood” follows Leonardo DiCaprio as he travels around the globe to witness first-hand the devastating effects of climate change and what can be done to solve the climate crisis. The film’s official website offers ways you can help find solutions.
Nobel Laureate and former US Vice President Al Gore ‘s 2017 “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power”. This follow-up to his 2006 Academy Award-winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth”, shows that while the stakes have never been higher, the solutions to the climate crisis are still within our reach.
“Rebuilding Paradise” is a 2020 American documentary film directed and produced by Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard. The film follows the tragedy and reconstruction of Paradise, California, following the 2018 California wildfires – the deadliest U.S. fire in 100 years and the worst ever in California’s history.
The Impossible (2012)
Directed by: J.A. Bayona
Song: Hurricanes (2019)
Writers: Dido Armstrong, Rick Nowels, and Rollo Armstrong
Performed by: Dido
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