Additional Resources

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Resources related to climate change abound.  Here are a few that we think are worthwhile.

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Image credit: http://beagreencommuter.com

Educational Climate Change Activities

  • Climate Change Mixer – a role play for participants to learn how climate change affects the lives of people in various countries across the world
  • The Thingamabob Game: a simulation on capitalism vs. the climate

Carbon Footprint Calculators

Carbon footprint calculators can help you determine carbon emissions that you, your family, your organization, or your business are responsible for.  There are a number of them.  Here are two we like.

Books

  • No Impact Man is a non-fiction account of one man’s attempt to lead a zero-environmental impact life for a year.  A great source of ideas for changes to make in your own life, and points out that a lower-impact life is often a happier life.  Bring a critical eye, though – he is a white New Yorker with a lot of privilege and options.
  • The Consumer’s Guide to Effective Environmental Choices: Practical Advice from the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Other Readings

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate – “From supercomputers and state-of-the-art models to observations and outlooks, we provide data, tools, and information to help people understand and prepare for climate variability and change.”
  • EPA’s Climate Change Indicators – The EPA partners with more than 40 data contributors from various government agencies, academic institutions, and other organizations to compile a key set of indicators related to the causes and effects of climate change.
  • The Risky Business Project focuses on quantifying and publicizing the economic risks in the United States from the impacts of a changing climate.
  • What Could Disappear” – Interactive graphics from the New York Times

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  • The Story of Stuff – This creative and engaging 20-minute video will get you thinking about the things or “stuff” in our world, our production and consumption habits, and how that impacts the world.  This organization has followed SoS with a number of other captivating short videos.
  • TED Talks – The “Climate change: Oh, it’s real” playlist.   “We still have a lot to learn about climate change, about why it’s happening and what that means. But one thing is clear: It’s real, alright. These talks provide a primer on the issue of our times.”

Podcasts

Stay Up-to-Date

  • Climate Action newsletter
  • CLIMATE-L –  “a community announcement list for policy makers and practitioners involved in climate change policy.”  From the International Institute for Sustainable Development

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