What is Climate Hour?
Trying to figure out what to do about our climate crisis can be overwhelming and (frankly) depressing. I’ve compiled a list of ways and resources to try and make it less daunting and more empowering.
I started #ClimateHour as a 30-day challenge to show people what sorts of political actions they could take for the planet in just an hour each day. Whether that’s signing a petition, spending an hour at a climate strike, or sending a quick tweet to a local politician, I am trying to curate a 30-day guide to taking useful action to help save the planet. Wherever you are, please join me.
You can do what I’m doing on that day or take inspiration from one of the items below, then tweet it, instagram it, or share it on facebook, and use the hashtag #ClimateHour. Don’t try and do everything one day, try and do one each day.
What To Do:
Read and Learn
The most important first step is to get informed about climate change. Here are a couple books (mostly from a Canadian perspective) that I’ve read and can recommend:
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate
The Carbon Bubble: What Happens to Us When It Bursts
Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming
Strike, March, Protest, Die-In.
As we saw on Sept 20th, when millions of people show up in person to raise their voices, it puts climate change at the front and centre of human awareness - and thats what we need. You don’t have to make a sign or have any experience, just show up! Find an upcoming event near you using one of the following resources, and put it in your calendar:
Contact Your Local Politicians:
Write a letter to your local politicians, whether thats your mayor, your Prime Minister, your president, your member of parliament, city council members, or all of them. Here is an outline which you can use for inspiration or copy directly and update with your name. Then you just need to find their email (google their name), and send it.
If the above option isn’t your style, you can also search for a politician on Twitter and tweet at them to let them know that climate change is an important issue to their voters.
Vote for Climate Action:
If you’re a Canadian, reading this before the 2019 election, here is a list of candidates that have been independently named as ‘Climate Champions’. Vote for them on October 21st.
Go to City Council or Town Hall Meetings
For most democratic countries, your city or town will hold regular meetings that any resident can go to and voice their opinions and concerns at. Search for your “[city name] council meeting” and put one in your calendar. They might even have a schedule that shows what issue’s they’ll be discussing that day, and you can find one that is climate related (like transit, for example).
The city of Vancouver is currently trying to learn how important varying issues are to it’s residents, with this survey. I ranked climate change my number one concern. See if your city has asked something similar, by googling “[city name] budget priority survey”.
There are many political movements and organizations working to raise awareness around our climate crisis, and to directly take climate action:
Leadnow is an independent Canadian organization that is trying to let voters know who their best vote-for-the-climate is. You can help them call people regarding climate and the upcoming election - don’t worry, they will give you training first!
Figure out who your local climate candidate is, and find out how to support them. This can really play to your strengths. Maybe they need someone to help organize something, or call people, or to design posters. Just ask! In Canada, the Green Party is always looking for people to help out, or you can contact your local climate champion directly and go from there.
Sign a Petition: