Take Action

At Home:

1Don’t flush electricity down the toilet….

One of the biggest uses of electricity for local councils are the pumping stations pumping water to your home, and sewage away from it. So if its yellow, let it mellow: don’t flush when you pee. This will save water AND electricity. Leave a sign in your loo explaining what you are doing to educate your guests.

2Don’t fill the kettle more than you are going to use.

3Take shorter showers: this saves electricity heating the water and electricity pumping the waste water away from your home. Don’t run taps harder than necessary.

4For single lever (mixer) taps, ensure they are always set to cold. If set in the middle, they will run hot water out of the tank and into the pipes, which will probably not even reach the sink before you turn it off. But you’ve wasted all that hot water.

5When driving, leave home 5 mins earlier than you normally would and drive at 80-90kmh. This saves significant amounts of petrol than when driving at 100kmh.

Policies:

Pressuring governments & corporations

Our Governments are happy to do next to nothing on climate change because they believe we don’t really care. That it’s not an electoral issue!

Show them how wrong they are. Once a week, phone your local MP’s office and tell them what you’ve done to reduce your own emissions, and ask them what they’re doing to reduce theirs. Write a weekly letter to State and Federal MPs, not just your own, doing the same thing. Remind them that climate change is the pre-eminent issue on which you’ll be deciding how to vote at the next election. Keep asking them what they are doing to reduce their own personal carbon emissions, and push your own favourite means: renewable energy, phasing out coal fired power stations, stopping the fossil fuel subsidies to the mining industry, stopping deforestation, etc.

Write to all the big corporations, and ask them what they are doing to reduce their carbon emissions. Remind them there are always competitors products available…

 

Communities:

Join or start climate campaign groups

Find out if there’s a local climate action group in your area and join in. If not, talk to your neighbours about starting one. Its not as scary as you’d think.

Pledge:

Organise a school pledge to reduce emissions by 10%

If you are at school, or your children are at school, organise a pledge for every child in the school to take home, asking their parents to pledge to cut their carbon emissions by 10% each year. Working out how best to do it is a great family exercise. Ask the school principal to sign it on behalf of the school as well.

Links:

Climate Action Groups, blogs and informative sites

Throughout the developing world millions of people depend on forests for their daily survival.

Check out these links to learn more about climate change and deforestation

Climate Change Science

Real Climate – Climate science from climate scientists.

The Union of Concerned Scientists is the leading science-based nonprofit working for a healthy environment and a safer world. UCS combines independent scientific research and citizen action to develop innovative, practical solutions and to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices.

The Global Canopy Programme is an alliance of 37 scientific institutions in 19 countries, which lead the world in forest canopy research, education and conservation. Our work programmes all aim to define and explore the range and economic value of forest ecosystem services and to share our findings with decision-makers in Government and finance.

Climate Change Law

The Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development (FIELD) has a worldwide reputation for expertise in international environmental law. Our work combines aspects of a campaigning organisation, a research institute, and a conventional law firm. To maximise our effectiveness, we work with local partners, national and international NGOs, and institutions.

The Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) is committed to strengthening and using international law and institutions to protect the environment, promote human health, and ensure a just and sustainable society.

NGOs working on Forests & Climate Change

Greenpeace exists because this fragile earth deserves a voice. It needs solutions. It needs change. It needs action. Greenpeace is an independent global campaigning organisation that acts to change attitudes and behaviour, to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace.

The Humane Society International (HSI) is the global arm of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Our international efforts encompass relationships with the United Nations and work with various treaty and international agreements, including the World Trade Organization and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, affecting animals and their habitats. HSI works with national and jurisdictional governments, conservation NGOs, humane organizations, and individual animal protectionists to find practical, culturally sensitive, and long-term solutions to common environmental and animal problems.

The Wilderness Society (TWS) is a national, community-based, environmental advocacy organisation whose purpose is to protect, promote and restore wilderness and natural processes across Australia for the survival and ongoing evolution of life on Earth.

Rainforest Foundation Norway supports indigenous peoples of the world’s rainforests in their effort to protect their forest. Securing rights, Saving rainforests.

For 15 years, Global Witness has run pioneering campaigns against natural resource-related conflict and corruption and associated environmental and human rights abuses. From Cambodia to Congo, Sierra Leone to Angola, we have exposed the brutality and injustice that results from the fight to access and control natural resource wealth, and have sought to bring the perpetrators of this corruption and conflict to book.

350.org is an international campaign that’s building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis—the solutions that science and justice demand. Our mission is to inspire the world to rise to the challenge of the climate crisis—to create a new sense of urgency and of possibility for our planet.

The Climate Action Network (CAN) is a worldwide network of roughly 500 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels.

The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) is a global coalition working to advance forest tenure, policy and market reforms, primarily in developing countries. Our mission is to promote pro-poor reforms that will increase household and community ownership, control and benefits from forests and trees.

The Lifeline’s ambition is to be a link between the organisations who are creating positive, sustainable solutions around the world. Together we are a powerful force for change.Our work centers around tree-planting.

One Climate is a social networking space for sharing ideas and experiences on climate change.

Climate Justice Now (CJN) is a network of organisations and movements from across the globe committed to the fight for social, ecological and gender justice.

The Ecosystems Climate Alliance is an alliance of NGOs committed to keeping natural terrestrial ecosystems intact and their carbon out of the atmosphere.

Sandbag For all of us who see the exciting potential of a clean, renewable future and the corresponding threat of climate change ‘meltdown’, it can be frustrating that things aren’t moving faster. We ‘do our bit’ but individuals’ efforts don’t add up to a clean energy revolution. Not unless we can change the economy. Change the prices of the clean and dirty options and you get the world moving in the right direction. This is where the ‘biggest impact’ is possible.

The Global Justice Ecology Project
 explores and exposes the intertwined root causes of social injustice, ecological destruction and economic domination with the aim of building bridges between social justice, environmental justice and ecological justice groups to strengthen their collective efforts.  Within this framework, our programs focus on Indigenous Peoples’ rights, protection of native forests and climate justice.  We use the issue of climate change to demonstrate these interconnections.

Indigenous Environmental Network A network of Indigenous Peoples empowering Indigenous Nations and communities towards sustainable livelihoods, demanding environmental justice and maintaining the Sacred Fire of our traditions.

The Centre for People and Forests. RECOFTC’s work is being guided by the 2008–2013 Strategic Plan: People and Forests in a Time of Rapid Change, Strengthening Capacities for Community Forestry to Respond. Our vision is to see local communities in the Asia-Pacific region actively involved in the equitable and ecologically sustainable management of forest landscapes. Our mission is to enhance capacities at all levels to assist people of the Asia-Pacific region to develop community forestry and manage forest resources for optimum social, economic and environmental benefits.

Forest Carbon Markets

Ecosystem Marketplace’s Forest Carbon Portal is a clearinghouse of information, feature stories, event listings, project details, ‘how-to’ guides, news, and market analysis on forest-based carbon sequestration projects.

Intergovernmental Bodies & Organisations

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the leading international body for the assessment of climate change. It was established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of knowledge in climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic impacts

The IPCC is a scientific body. It reviews and assesses the most recent scientific, technical and socio-economic information produced worldwide relevant to the understanding of climate change. It does not conduct any research nor does it monitor climate related data or parameters.

In October 2000, the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC), in its Resolution 2000/35 established the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF), a subsidiary body with the main objective to promote “… the management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests and to strengthen long-term political commitment to this end…”based on the Rio Declaration, the Forest Principles, Chapter 11 of Agenda 21 and the outcome of the IPF/IFF Processes and other key milestones of international forest policy. The Forum has universal membership, and is composed of all Member States of the United Nations and specialized agencies.

The Coalition for Rainforest Nations. Forested tropical countries collaborating to reconcile forest stewardship with economic development. Developing Nations with rainforests — partnering with Industrialized Nations that support fair trade and improved market access for developing countries.

Green Growth Leaders. Shaping sustainable economies is the fundamental challenge of our time. Facing it, however, requires outstanding leadership, new means of communication and innovative collaborations across borders, sectors and mindsets.When the US chose to go to the Moon, when Asia laid the foundation for the Four Tigers and when Europe formed a union of national states, our leaders understood that in order for society to reach ambitious goals, we must innovate the way we address our crisis, we must seek new alliances and project visions of the future that are appealing to the broader public. This is the founding idea of The Green Growth Leaders (GGL), a global alliance of cities, regions, countries and corporations, sharing a vision of building prosperous, green economies and communities -and a better tomorrow for their citizens.

Climate Change & Forests News

Mongabay is a tropical rainforest conservation and environmental science news.

Grist Climate & Energy – News and views on global warming, the impact of coal and other fossil fuels, and alternative energy options

AlertNet Climate, a news website of the Thomson Reuters Foundation and COMplus, the sustainable development communications alliance, takes a daily front-line look at the development and humanitarian impacts of climate change. www.greenworld.org

Research, Policy, Analysis & Solutions

The new economics foundation (nef) is an independent think-and-do tank that inspires and demonstrates real economic well-being. We aim to improve quality of life by promoting innovative solutions that challenge mainstream thinking on economic, environment and social issues. We work in partnership and put people and the planet first.

The World Resources Institute (WRI).International climate negotiations are pivotal to determining whether—and how—the world will take action to avoid climate change over the next half century. WRI provides research and expert analysis on policies and climate solutions to assist in the ongoing negotiations.

Clive Hamilton is an Australian author and public intellectual. In June 2008 he was appointed Professor of Public Ethics at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, a joint centre of the Australian National University, Charles Sturt University and the University of Melbourne. Clive’s latest book, titled Requiem for a Species: Why we resist the truth about climate change, was published by Earthscan and Allen & Unwin in 2010.

World View of Global Warming presents  photographic documentation of climate change.

Carbon Footprint of Nation. A global, trade-linked analysis