Yesterday’s Washington Post article, The Melting of Antarctica was Already Really Bad. It Just Got Worse, caught my attention as I scrolled through my social media feeds. Throughout the day photos of the melting ice sheet popped up on my Facebook and Twitter feeds.
The news outlets and people sharing the article and photos were spreading the word, reposting the latest in a long string of warnings about the fate of our planet. Perhaps my six years working for the NW Earth Institute are to thank for this being my reaction, but my reaction to these stunning images and the “we knew it was bad, but we didn’t know it was this bad” news was to ask the question “where is the call to action?”
Perhaps you too have noticed the uptick in media coverage of climate change (due in part, no doubt, to a winter of wacky record-setting weather across the United States) and wondered how to take action in your life. Or perhaps you’ve been wondering how to make an action plan for your community.
We’re happy to announce that very soon we’ll have some answers to the “what can I do about this?” question that arises while reading or hearing the news on climate change and encountering daily reminders that the world is changing around us. This May, the NW Earth Institute will launch a new discussion course focused on climate change and the role that we can play, as individuals and community organizers, in taking action in our own communities.
The new course (title forthcoming) will be an overhaul of our existing Change By Degrees curriculum, but will still focus on personal leverage points for action. We’ll tell you more in the coming weeks, and look forward to sharing this new climate change action planning resource with you and your community!