Climate Change Tip Sheet from Kirkland Citizens Climate Lobby

Climate change is affecting real people right now and the problem gets worse and the solutions harder the longer we put off doing something about it. Most of you are concerned and want to take action but are often somewhat overwhelmed. We have been asked to provide a series of monthly tips on personal actions that can have an effect. Obviously not every action will be equally possible for everyone: putting up solar panels is out if you rent or live in a house that is heavily tree-shaded and using public transportation to get to work doesn’t make sense if you work from home. However we hope to inspire all of you to take the actions that are personally feasible and have an impact.

Climate change Tip for July:

Read Drawdown

Our intent with this series was to promote actions to reduce your personal carbon footprint and actions to influence policy on greenhouse gas emissions. We also realize that being a well-informed citizen allows you to make better choices. To that end this month’s climate change tip is a reading assignment.

Paul Hawken, author of Natural Capitalism and founder of several eco-friendly businesses, gathered a group of researchers to find the top 100 solutions to address climate change. Each solution is ranked in terms of effectiveness at reducing atmospheric CO2 content and then evaluated for cost effectiveness. Spoiler Alert: Most solutions actually are quite economically effective and most have significant societal, health and economic co-benefits.

Many of the solutions discussed are not necessarily things that we as individuals can put into practice on our own. Few of us have the land for a wind farm or much direct influence on education of girls in the third world. However knowing what works best will help us in our discussions with family, friends and our government leaders in pushing for the most effective solutions now. Knowledge is power.

The book is more than just a list. Each solution gets a chapter with a narrative on how it could be implemented and a discussion of co-benefits and unintended adverse consequences. It could easily serve as a textbook for a college course in environmental policy but is very readable, engaging and at times hard to put down. It is available in local bookstores, and online here.

Here is a link to the list by rank if you need to cut to the chase:

If you want to get more involved in the fight against climate change and need some help having an impact consider joining the Kirkland Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby.

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