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What communities can do

Overview, see right hand column for more

  • become low carbon communities, or develop a Community climate action plan
  • promote the sharing of climate change and CO2 data
  • participatory carbon budgeting
  • organise climate action events
  • join climate action networks
  • Emissions Reduction Community based currency schemes
  • advocate natural climate solutions

Community is used widely to be a group that gets together such as an association, but also includes municipalities with communal governance structures. Here more formal structures that comply with legal requirements or duties imposed by higher authorities may also give frameworks for action. For example planning can be done in a participatory way.

There may be national plans, local, community, neighbourhood or regional plans or design statements or climate action plans.

What individuals can do


Extinction Rebellion

See separate article: Extinction Rebellion

Parents For Future

Supporters - Parents For Future UK



Global Climate Strike For Future Event, Mar 15, 2019, on facebook

School strike for climate

School strike for climate, also known in various regions as Fridays for the Future, Youth for climate or Youth strike 4 climate, is a growing international movement of children and students leaving their school to take part in demonstrations for climate action.

The first school strike for climate was started by Greta Thunberg staging an action outside the Swedish Riksdag (parliament), holding a sign that read "Skolstrejk för klimatet" or "school strike for climate" during August 2018. W

Schools for Climate Action

Citizens' Climate Lobby

Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL) is an international grassroots environmental group that trains and supports volunteers to build relationships with their elected representatives in order to influence climate policy. The CCL is a registered 501(c) with approximately $300 thousand in revenue in the United States in 2015. Operating since 2007, the goal of CCL is to build political support across party lines to put a price on carbon, specifically a revenue neutral carbon fee and dividend (CF&D) at the national level. CCL is supported by notable climate scientists James Hansen, Katharine Hayhoe, and Daniel Kammen. CCL's advisory board also includes former Secretary of State George P. Shultz, former US Representative Bob Inglis, actor Don Cheadle, and RESULTS founder Sam Daley-Harris.

Founded in the United States, CCL has groups in Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Côte d'Ivoire, France, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Iceland, India, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, Nepal, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Panama, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Serbia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, the Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.


Other links

350.org, international environmental organization encouraging citizens to action with the belief that publicizing the increasing levels of carbon dioxide will pressure world leaders to address climate change and to reduce levels from 400 parts per million to 350 parts per million. It was founded by author Bill McKibben with the goal of building a global grassroots movement to raise awareness about anthropogenic climate change, to confront climate change denial, and to cut emissions of carbon dioxide in order to slow the rate of global warming. 350.org takes its name from the research of Goddard Institute for Space Studies scientist James E. Hansen, who posited in a 2007 paper that 350 parts-per-million (ppm) of CO2 in the atmosphere is a safe upper limit to avoid a climate tipping point. W

Fossil Free, Divest for Paris

TckTckTck, the Global Call for Climate Action

Why it matters

Because of the time lag in the carbon system, and due to our past emissions - we are still going to experience a certain level of climate change. Even if we stopped all emissions tomorrow we would expect another 30-40 years of temperature rise, and more than a century of sea-level rise. [1]

Climate change fairness, justice and peace

"Indications of changes in the earth's future climate must be treated with the utmost seriousness, and with the precautionary principle uppermost in our minds. Extensive climate changes may alter and threaten the living conditions of much of mankind. They may induce large-scale migration and lead to greater competition for the earth's resources. Such changes will place particularly heavy burdens on the world's most vulnerable countries. There may be increased danger of violent conflicts and wars, within and between states." [2]

Climate justice

Recognizing and addressing the fact that those least responsible for climate change experience its greatest impacts is seen by many as being central to climate justice. W

Climate change and inequality

“Unless the burden of poverty in developing nations is alleviated by significant financial support for mitigation, adaptation, and the reduction of deforestation, the ability of developing countries to pursue sustainable development is likely to diminish, to the economic and environmental detriment of all.” 22 leading climate scientists [3]

Why climate change is a women’s issue

"Women are more likely to die or suffer the long term consequences of the rising tide of natural disasters and resource wars unleashed by climate change, and are largely excluded from the search for solutions," [4]

1 Million Women

Emissions Reduction Community based currency schemes

A community based emissions reduction currency scheme is a C4 type local currency in which local currency issues are backed by the emissions reductions of the schemes members. The local currency, when accepted for trade by other members or local businesses, thereby rewards participants for their efforts at global warming prevention. These currencies may have various degrees of convertibility into carbon saved, renewable energy, or national currency. W

Low Carbon Communities

The Low Carbon Communities network is a UK based network of communities and organisations working to halt global warming as far as is possible. W / Low Carbon Communities

Open CO2

Open CO2 is a project to help crowdsource open carbon accounts for local communities worldwide. It can also be about carbon literacy, encouraging ourselves to learn more about what the available data might show. Open local carbon accounts would help make possible Participatory carbon budgeting. See separate article: Open CO2


Participatory carbon budgeting

The idea is to combine two other ideas: participatory budgeting W and a carbon budget for an area, typically a large town or city. See separate article: Participatory carbon budgeting

Natural climate solutions

Natural Climate Solutions

News and comment

See separate article: Climate news




September 21 - Zero Emissions Day


March 28, 2015 - Earth Hour! 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. local time.
Eteignez vos lumières! La Hora del Planeta! Famously started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Since then it has grown to engage more than 7000 cities and towns worldwide / Earth Hour 2014 Video 60 sec on youtube, earthhour.org, facebook

Fossil Fuel Divestment Student Protest at Tufts University.jpg

February 13 and 14, 2015 - Global Divestment Day, "Let’s make fossil fuels history."
The actions during the Global Divestment Day will be wide-ranging and diverse. Individuals are gearing up to close their accounts with banks and pension funds investing in fossil fuel companies. University students are planning to hold flash-mobs, vigils, sit-ins and rallies calling upon their endowments to invest in a liveable future. Faith leaders and people living on the frontline of climate change are banding together to urge their communities to divest from climate destruction. Together, all these people around the world will make one message loud and clear: it’s time to make fossil fuels history. / Fossil Free


Apps for sustainability

"I See Change", help NASA track climate change from your phone

Citizens data initiative

Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center, organization within the United States Department of Energy that has the primary responsibility for providing the US government and research community with global warming data and analysis as it pertains to energy issues. The CDIAC, and its subsidiary the World Data Center for Atmospheric Trace Gases, focus on obtaining, evaluating and distributing data related to climate change and greenhouse gas emissions. W

carbonn Climate Registry, database of local government climate action

CDP Open Data Portal, The CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) is an organisation based in the United Kingdom which supports companies and cities to disclose the environmental impact of major corporations. It aims to make environmental reporting and risk management a business norm, and drive disclosure, insight and action towards a sustainable economy. Since 2002 over 6,000 companies have publicly disclosed environmental information through CDP. W

Wikipedia: List of countries by carbon dioxide emissions, List of countries by carbon dioxide emissions per capita


Climate Visuals, includes some Creative Commons images


How many gigatons of CO2? Information is Beautiful


“climate change is the moral struggle that will define this century.” Desmond Tutu [5]

"If we are together, nothing is impossible" Winston Churchill


Mapped: Climate adaptation around the world, Nov 8, 2016 carbonbrief.org

Mapping Climate Change

Other resources


Project Drawdown

  • Drawdown, 100 solutions to reverse global warming

Project Drawdown is a climate change mitigation project initiated by Paul Hawken and climate activist Amanda Joy Ravenhill. Central to the project is the compilation of a list of the “100 most substantive solutions to global warming.” The list, encompassing only technologically viable, existing solutions, was compiled by a team of over 200 scholars, scientists, policymakers, business leaders and activists; for each solution the carbon impact through the year 2050, the total and net cost to society, and the total lifetime savings were measured and modelled.

Paul Hawken has edited the book Drawdown: The most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming to support the Project. W

Other research

Collective climate action and networked climate governance, citeulike.org


Lyrics for the Song for the Climate sheffieldsingsoutfortheclimate.wordpress.com



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Dec 5, 2018 Climate action USA: With a Green New Deal, here's what the world could look like for the next generation [6]

See also

  • local information can be found, or shared, via our many location pages

Interwiki links

Wikipedia: Abrupt climate change, Adaptation to global warming, Climate change and poverty, Climate change mitigation, Climate justice, Effects of global warming, Glossary of climate change, Index of climate change articles, Individual and political action on climate change, R20 Regions of Climate Action, Tipping point (climatology), Climate change and society (category), Alternatiba, Village of Alternatives

External links

  • C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, network of the world's megacities taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. C40 harnesses the assets of member cities to address climate risks and impacts locally and globally. W
  • Climate Counts, non-profit campaign that scores companies annually on the basis of their voluntary action to reverse climate change. The Climate Counts Company Scorecard—launched in June 2007—helps people vote with their dollars by making climate-conscious purchasing and investing choices that put pressure on the world's most well-known companies to take the issue of climate change seriously. Climate Counts aims to mobilize everyday consumers—not just the traditional environmental community—as the most important activists in the fight against global warming. W
  • ShareAction, registered charity that promotes responsible investment by pension schemes and fund managers, based in London, United Kingdom


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The list of authors can be seen in the history, link via drop down menu at top left of page.

  1. Climate change is happening now - world needs to respond urgently, Defra, April 6 2007 (link not found May 2015)
  2. The Nobel Peace Prize 2007, October 12 2007
  3. Repeating Islands, July 9, 2009
  4. WEN press release September 12 2006 (link not found May 2015)
  5. The Globe and Mail
  6. theintercept.com