For the Coming Generations
The world’s countries are still far from embracing integrated action on climate change. In the U.S. both presidential campaigns are irresponsibly quiet on an issue that should be front and center.
Sticking our heads in the proverbial sand is burning our tails. What can Care2′s concerned readers do to dip cool some of the fire? Here are five suggestions. Please weigh in with your own.
- Learn. There are a lot of sites that compile the science on climate change. Two good places to start are Skeptical Science and the Climate Reality Project.
- Act. Turning off some lights, reducing water usage and food waste, and stepping off the consumer treadmill may seem insignificant when a steamroller is headed your way. However, each act ripples outward. Tell friends what you are doing, and the ripples spread even farther.
- Vote. Vote with your dollars. Vote in elections. Vote with your strongly expressed opinions. Speak up and speak out. Hold governments, corporations, media and organizations accountable for the impact of their inaction and silence.
- Support. Join your voice with others who are working hard to educate, raise awareness, and push for action. There are many to choose from, including 350.org, David Suzuki Foundation, and For Our Grandchildren.
- Celebrate. Many people are calling for a more equitable and earth-friendly economy. You can read about some of them on Care2′s Trailblazers. They are people like Joel Solomon and Carol Newell, Bill Drayton, Cheryl Dorsey and you, the over 20 million Care2 members.
Climate change is already creating havoc around the world. It is going to cause a lot more. Together we can work for the world we want to leave for all the generations that come after us.
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