What can I do about climate change? 

There are a lot of things that you can do about climate change. Depending on: 1) the time available to you and, 2) what you believe is going to improve our climate change situation, you can do any or all of the following: 

  1. Be better informed about the climate change situation by subscribing to and reading updates from these following climate change information providers: 
  2. Watch these videos, if you haven’t already:
  3. Reduce your carbon footprint. You can start by going to What is your ecological footprint . If you are in Toronto, and have the time, and the next series is available, consider taking an in-person Carbon Conversations Toronto workshop series.
  4. Sign up for the newsletters of the organizations you are interested in supporting. Climate Action Network Canada will provide you with a summary of articles affecting climate in Canada. ClimateFast will provide you with the climate change events taking place in the Toronto area, for the most part. Toronto Climate Action Network is a network of groups that has a weekly e-newsletter and an on-line calendar of events taking place in Toronto. Greenspiration by Angela Bischoff contains a list of environmental events in Toronto, sent out Sunday evenings. You can read her newsletter on-line.
  5. Make a commitment by taking a pledge. You can do this through the Climate Pledge Collective.
  6. Watch a movie about climate change. Movies are a powerful medium for showing people what is happening in the world because of climate change. Invite your family and friends to a viewing. For example, the movie, the Human Element. ClimateFast hosts an annual Toronto Climate Film Festival.
  7. Determine for yourself what Canada, your province, and your city need to do to combat the climate crisis. There are various documents that talk about what needs to be done. Along with what you have already read, decide for yourself what you believe needs to be done. Here is a list that we have drawn up. The following documents and websites contain the different, recommended actions:
  8. Talk about climate change, actually a climate crisis, with your family, friends, community, co-workers, etc. The more we share about our concerns with this existential situation, the more we are, likely, to do something about it. There is strength in numbers. You can carry out a Kitchen Table Climate Conversation by using this toolkit.
  9. Taking into account the skills, experience, and/or expertise that you have, consider joining an international, Canadian, provincial, or local climate change group, one whose mission and objectives closely align with what you believe in, and one that you believe you can provide needed support. For example, in Toronto, you could consider:
  10. Make a donation to those climate change organizations that you want to support.
  11. You can sign petitions that align with what you believe needs to be done to combat the climate crisis. You can go to Leadnow.ca and Change.org and search for climate-related petitions. ClimateFast’s People’s Climate Plan, the LEAP Manifesto, and The Pact for a Green New Deal, are 3 examples.
  12. Attend town hall meetings, rallies, and marches that align with what you believe needs to be done. Fridays For Future rallies and marches have been taking place on Fridays throughout Canada and the world.
  13. Reducing your personal carbon footprint and that of your family is important. Lobbying your municipal, provincial, and/or federal government representative is critical to address the climate crisis on a policy, legislative, an regulatory basis. Making personal changes will not be sufficient to accomplish the drastic changes required in order to meet a target of only a 1.5 degree celsius global temperature rise. If you are living in Toronto, you can use this table to find and contact the City of Toronto councillor, the MPP, and/or the MP in your ward/riding. They are your government representatives. Tell them via text, email, telephone call, meeting, or a physical, hard copy letter about how you feel about the climate crisis, and what you believe needs to be done to combat it. Here is a list that we have drawn up. You can make deputations/presentations to your local city/municipal council. You can join Citizens Climate Lobby Canada if you would like to lobby in a more coordinated approach.
  14. You can contact the media:
    • Write letters to the editor of your local or national newspaper.
    • Contact the news reporters that are reporting on climate change related news.
    • Participate in phone-in, radio shows talking about climate change.
  15. Most importantly, during elections of our government representatives, let the incumbents and candidates know about your position with regard to the climate crisis. Attend and question them at candidate debates. Inquire as to their positions/platform as it relates to the climate crisis, and challenge them if it does not correspond to what you believe needs to be done. Then vote for the candidate/party that best aligns with your position. And no matter who is elected, even if you did not vote for them, tell them what you believe needs to be done. They are your representatives!
  16. Ask the administrators of your pension plan to shift their assets from fossil fuels and fossil fuel infrastructure to green. Go to Shift: Action for Pension Wealth and Planet Health.
  17. You may find the news regarding extreme weather events throughout the world to be distressing and depressing. Along with the local news in your province or municipality regarding out of control wildfires, flooding, tornadoes, and expected summer killer heatwaves, you may become upset, angry, or sad. It is important to practise self-care. Please stop your involvement in climate change, if it is becoming too much. Seek ways of dealing with your emotional situation through meditation, stress reduction techniques, your support circle of family and friends, and/or professional help.
  18. Remember we are doing this for our children and our grandchildren, and for all future generations.

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