Direct Action to Address Climate Breakdown.
If you’re worried, and wondering if you can take any direct action to address climate breakdown, it can help to think of what areas need work and what areas you’re more able to focus on.
Project Drawdown is a nonprofit organization that has identified areas in which actions can be taken to reach “Drawdown,” what they describe as “the future point in time when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline.”
We call this list the Top 80 Game Changers, with each solution ranked by the total amount of greenhouse gases they either avoid or remove from the atmosphere. You might not be able to influence refrigerant management (#1), but you can probably do something about reducing food waste (#3).
Here’s a look at the Top 5, just to give you an idea of the scope of the full Drawdown list.
|2||Wind Turbines (Onshore)||Electricity Generation|
|3||Reduced Food Waste||Food|
|5||Tropical Forests||Land Use|
You might also want to think about the 7 trends, or sectors of direct action to address climate breakdown, found by the creators of Julie’s Bicycle.
The 7 trends are:
1. Art Work
3. Organizational Leadership
4. Design and Innovation
6. Path Finding
7. Policy Changing
For more information on the scope of each trend, you can check out their Creative Climate trends pdf. And if you have an idea of what trend you’d fit into, and are working on a project, you can also put yourself onto their interactive map!
Or, you might be interested in participating in Ecochallenge, a habit-making game where you can participate with teams from around the world to take actions on climate-helping subjects ranging from electricity; food, agriculture and land use; transportation; buildings; and others.
If you’re not ready to explore any of the approaches listed above, and you just want to get started RIGHT NOW, try one of these: