In 2006, An Inconvenient Truth woke up the world to the reality of the climate crisis. But global leaders failed to act, and climate change has accelerated, making the film’s message more urgent than ever. Take the actions below to get informed, get involved, use the power of your wallet, and mobilize your networks to send a message that climate change matters to you. Taken together, these actions will have a huge ripple effect. This is the challenge of our time. It’s up to us to solve it!
Use Your Voice
Tell Your Friends & Family: Climate Change Matters to You
We listen to our friends and family on the things that really matter, and they listen to us. So start talking - in person, online - about what’s happening to the planet. Your opinions will shape others and soon everyone you know will be talking to everyone they know about climate change. And that’s how change happens. Find tips here.
Stand Up to Denial
You don’t let ignorant comments about race or sexuality go unanswered. Don't let comments like “climate change isn’t real” go unchallenged either. Online resources like Reality Drop and Skeptical Science help combat climate myths while giving you a great resource to stay current on good news.
Tell Your Leaders this Matters to You
Government officials answer to you, so tell your leaders that you will support or strongly oppose them based on what they say and DO about solving the climate crisis. Ask your Congressman, city council, school board, and public utilities commission what they’re doing NOW to solve the climate crisis. Contact your Representatives and Senators.
Use Your Time
Join the Climate Reality Project and add your voice to a global community of nearly 5 million people demanding a solution now. Then get involved with climate organizations in your community, or join some of the nation’s largest environmental advocacy groups like the Sierra Club, the National Wildlife Federation, the Natural Resources Defense Council, or the World Wildlife Fund.
Take Small Steps
You can do so many things to make a difference and inspire people around you. Things like keeping your car tires fully inflated, not letting your car idle, switching out old light bulbs for LED or CFL options, and walking or biking instead of driving. For more ideas, check out the EPA’s What You Can Do.
Know Your Impact
Learn what your personal carbon footprint is. Then, help your friends minimize their own carbon footprints by sending text reminders from DoSomething.org. Anyone under 25 can put in their crew’s cell numbers here to share climate change facts and helpful tips to protect the planet.
Become a Climate Leader
Learn more about climate change and inspire your community to act. Join the Climate Reality Leadership Corps and join a global network that’s changing the world.
Use Your Dime
Use the Power of Your Wallet
As consumers, we have the ultimate power to decide whether our money promotes Dirty Energy or a carbon-free future. Use your smartphone to see what your dollars are doing. After all, money talks.
Support the Good Guys
As a consumer and a shareholder, support companies who are doing good things on climate change. 1% For The Planet is a great resource to learn which companies are supporting solutions. Even better, don’t forget to support the work of your favorite climate advocacy organizations.
Get Your School or Employer to Support Action on Climate Change
Has your school joined the Climate Commitment? Ask your employer to sign the Climate Declaration, which calls on federal leaders to act on climate change. So far, more than 100 companies with combined revenues of $450 billion have signed on. That’s some good company.