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What communities can do

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.



Feb 2 World Wetlands Day, 2020: Sun


Mar 28 Earth Hour! 2020, Sat, 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. local time

What individuals can do

  • Individual action on climate change W
  • 52 Climate Actions permaculture inspired website that gives people actions to help them reduce their carbon footprint, adapt to climate change, and embrace a low carbon culture.
  • Climate Council's Climate Action Toolkit

Controversy over promoting individual action on climate change

See: Citizen participation in climate change policy advocacy W and
Nov 9, 2019 Climate change deniers’ new battle front attacked [1]

“Of course, individual action needs to be part of the battle, but not as a substitute for policy reform. It should be as an additional component." Michael Mann, professor of atmospheric science at Penn State University [2]

Carbon literacy

Carbon Literacy is the awareness of climate change and the climate impacts of mankind's everyday actions. The term has been used in a range of contexts in scientific literature and in casual usage, but is most associated with The Carbon Literacy Project. W

The Carbon Literacy Project

The term Carbon Literacy had been used informally on a number of earlier occasions, but began to gain prominence in 2009 when it emerged in the development of the climate change action plan for Manchester, Manchester: A Certain Future.

This citizen-written plan pledged the UK's second largest urban area to:

  • Reduce the city of Manchester’s emissions of carbon dioxide by 41% by 2020, from 2005 levels.
  • To engage all individuals, neighbourhoods and organisations in Manchester in a process of cultural change that embeds ‘low-carbon thinking’ into the lifestyles and operations of the city.

In 2015, The Carbon Literacy Project was selected from a global field to be part of the Transformative Actions Program (TAP) at the UN Climate Change summit (COP21) in Paris, December 2015. The Carbon Literacy Project is therefore formally recognised as one of the top 100 responses the world has to offer in order to tackle climate change. W


The use of the term ‘carbon literacy’ is increasingly widespread in everyday language and scientific literature, and includes (i) research that specifically evaluates Carbon Literacy and The Carbon Literacy Project, and (ii) the use of the term 'carbon literacy' in a more abstract sense.

Behavioural responses to climate change are limited due to the uncertainty and complexity associated with the subject. Current research focuses on the need for societal engagement in the mitigation of climate change, through an increase of understanding amongst citizens, organisations, schools and public bodies due to the uncertainty and complexity associated with the subject. Dissemination of Carbon Literacy training (which includes the causes and consequences of carbon emissions, and an understanding of the power of individual action) has been shown to qualitatively influence positive behaviour change with regard to reducing carbon footprints. Following CL training, energy and carbon-saving behaviour (including both individual and collective actions) has been shown to increase, including evidence of the ‘cascade effect’–where participants discussed CL with family, friends or colleagues.

Other studies conducted over the last two decades refer to the abstract concept of 'carbon literacy', and its importance in low-carbon behaviour change. W


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. [3]

Climate emergency

See separate article... Climate emergency

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." [4]

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 [5]

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," [6]

1 Million Women

News and comment

See separate article: Climate news


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 [7]

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


Land projected to be below annual flood level in 2050, coastal.climatecentral.org

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

Mapping Climate Change

Other resources


Collective climate action and networked climate governance, citeulike.org


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



TAG Climate Protest Future.jpg

Dec 5, 2018 Climate action USA: With a Green New Deal, here's what the world could look like for the next generation [8]

See also

Interwiki links

Wikipedia: Climate emergency declaration W, Climate crisis W, 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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  1. The Guardian
  2. The Guardian Nov 9, 2019
  3. Climate change is happening now - world needs to respond urgently, Defra, April 6 2007 (link not found May 2015)
  4. The Nobel Peace Prize 2007, October 12 2007
  5. Repeating Islands, July 9, 2009
  6. WEN press release September 12 2006 (link not found May 2015)
  7. The Globe and Mail
  8. theintercept.com