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Actions to Maintain a Livable Earth Home

  Climate Action Now lawnsign

Check out our Climate Action resources here.

The Inflation Reduction Act (signed by President Biden in August 2022) is the largest investment the US has ever made in averting climate catastrophe. Though it is a giant step forward, it is far from sufficient. Let's build on this success by escalating our work at the international, national, regional and local levels.

In November 2022, the 27th annual conference (“COP 27”) of national governments to address climate change through diplomacy took place in Egypt. Though there were some modest achievements (e.g. a fund established to aid countries facing severe damage from climate change) big strides forward were held back by the continuing power of the fossil fuel industry, conflict related to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and tensions with China concerning Taiwan. It has never been more urgent to complement international diplomacy with bottom-up organizing and action focused on communities.

The perils of the climate crisis confront us every day. While a warming climate is already upon us, our collective actions can prevent the escalating danger from floods, droughts, hurricanes, wildfires, heat waves and other calamities which we will certainly face if we don't act quickly and transformatively. Given the slow progress in implementing US national climate change legislation, it is all the more important to make advancements at the state, local, corporate and individual levels.

We call for Climate Justice - recognizing that we cannot successfully meet this crisis without directly challenging the many structures which create and uphold inequality and oppression in our nation and the larger world. Purchase the lawn sign shown in the photo above or our other Climate Action resources here.

Basic information on climate change

Find a Climate Action Group in Your Community

If you want to participate in the movement to contain climate change, find an organization working on the issue. Check out the links to 350.org and US Climate Action Network, below, which can assist you in getting involved with local, state, regional or national organizations.

Important national initiatives in the US

Climate solutions require attention not just to fossil fuels, but also to land use, land use change, and forestry (LULUCF)

Burning of fossil fuels accounts for the vast majority of greenhouse gas emissions. LULUCF accounts for about 10-15% of the total,  yet about 30% of the potential solution through (among other interventions) prevention of deforestation and regreening of landscapes. So it is important to pay attention not only to the work of organizations that specialize on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels, but also from LULUCF – for example:

Fossil fuels

Forests

Indigenous Peoples

Worldwide, Indigenous Peoples are key to protecting remaining forests and to natural climate solutions. It is important to pay attention to the work of climate organizations working for the rights of Indigenous Peoples, for example:

Policy analysis and action

Some organizations have a strong focus on policy analysis for climate action. Here are two such organizations:

Focus on Climate Solutions

In addition to supporting the work of organizations that counteract the release of greenhouse gases from fossil fuels and land use change (including forests), it is important to pay attention to the work of organizations that are pioneering the energy transition from dirty and unsustainable to clean and sustainable forms of energy.Among the leading such organizations are:

Individual Actions

What we do as individuals can add up to meaningful change, remind us of the urgency we face and demonstrate consistency between what we seek in public policy and how we live our lives.

Your feedback is welcome!

We are aware that our list of organizations is incomplete. That is intentional. There are way too many to list them all and there is rapid flux. We wanted to spotlight those groups that appear to be doing high quality work. The list will be updated every three months. We welcome your feedback on how it can be improved. Reach out to us at andy@syracuseculturalworkers.com.