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Awareness – Develop Your Knowledge

Do you know how the climate crisis is impacting and will impact your area and the world? Solid knowledge about climate change can help you make choices that will have an impact. For example, climate change knowledge puts you in a better position to vote for candidates who will take action to address climate change issues. On this page, you'll find curated and trusted resources to learn about your area, links to movies, books, newsletters and podcasts explaining where we are with the climate crisis. Here are resources that you can use to raise your awareness.

 

  1. Talk about it with family, friends, and co-workers. The extreme weather events happening now are one way to start. 

  2. Request that the media, politicians, and political leaders talk about it.

  3. Assess your climate change understanding and start gathering basic information about your area:

  • State Climate Summaries from NOAA updated annually.

  • The Effects of Climate Change from NASA
    The potential future effects of global climate change include more frequent wildfires, longer periods of drought in some regions and an increase in the number, duration and intensity of tropical storms. This webpage provides information on evidence, causes, effects, and vital signs for climate change.

 

  • Climate Science Center
    Facebook has gathered many useful resources that can help you asses your knowledge and learn about climate change predictions and solutions.  Scroll down to Average Temperature by Year to find how the Average temperature is changing in your state.

 

   4. Watch educational movies for understanding and hope . Here are just a few examples:

 

Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet (Netflix)

Breaking Boundaries tells the story of the most important scientific discovery of our time - that humanity has pushed Earth beyond the boundaries that have kept it stable for 10,000 years, since the dawn of civilization. This 75-minute film takes the audience on a journey of discovery of planetary thresholds we must not exceed, not just for the stability of our planet, but for the future of humanity. It describes the solutions we can and must put in place now if we are to protect Earth’s life support systems.

 

 

 

 

Kiss the Ground (Netflix)

Science experts and celebrity activists unpack the ways in which the earth’s soil may be the key to combating climate change and preserving the planet.

 

 

 

 

Brave Blue World (Netflix)

From reuse to energy generation, this documentary explores new innovations across five continents for building a future with sustainable water.

 

 

Mission Blue (Netflix)

This documentary follows oceanographer Sylvia Earle’s campaign to save the world’s oceans from threats such as overfishing and toxic waste. 

 

 

Can We Cool the Planet (PBS|Nova)

As global temperatures continue to rise, scientists are wondering if we need solutions that go beyond reducing emissions. From sucking carbon straight out of the air, to geoengineering our atmosphere to physically block out sunlight, to planting more than a trillion trees, the options may seem futuristic or tough to implement. But as time runs out on conventional solutions to climate change, scientists are asking the hard questions: Can new, sometimes controversial, solutions really work? And at what cost?

 

 

5. Watch videos for historical context. Here are a couple of examples:

 

Excerpt of Carl Sagan testifying before Congress in 1985 about the greenhouse effect on global climate.

 

 

  • Explained: The End of Oil (Netflix)
    In The End of Oil episode of the Explained series, the narrator and the expert guests discuss how something that has helped in the world’s development is now playing a role in harming our civilization. When oil was discovered, no one would have thought that it would play such a vital role in everyone’s day-to-day lives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Read newsletters. For example:

 

  • Pulitzer Prize winning newsletter, Inside Climate News, is nonpartisan reporting on the biggest crisis facing our planet.

  • XR Global Newsletter, The Action Network, has reports on actions from across the globe, exclusive rebel interviews, book reviews, curated articles and photos, news on upcoming events, and more.

 

7. Read or listen to books. For example: 

 

 

8. Listen to Podcasts. For example:

 

  • The Snap Forward
    The Snap Forward podcast is all about the planetary crisis, climate and sustainability, preparing for discontinuity and seeing opportunities in change, foresight and strategy for a fast-changing world, new ideas, powerful stories and success in hard times.

 

 

  • The Climate Question, by BBC News
    Stories about why we find it so hard to save our own planet and how we might change that.