NWEI’s self-led discussion courses are designed to spark shared learning, shared stories, and shared action. Each course book also includes tips and guidelines to help facilitators organize a course.

Change by Degrees: Addressing the Climate Challenge incorporates information and resources from two NWEI course books—Powering a Bright Future and Global Warming: Changing Course.

Participants interested in taking a closer look at the 2010 BP oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico can download Just Below the Surface here free of charge. This tool helps participants examine (in one session) the devastating impacts of our dependence on oil, and the continuing effects on the local community, wildlife and surrounding ecosystems.

A detailed list of articles and resources included in the Global Warming: Changing Course and Powering a Bright Future course books are available in the Tables of Contents for each book: Global Warming Table of Contents, Powering a Bright Future Table of Contents.

Using both course books as a resource, participants read each week’s material (which may include brief articles, book excerpts and/or links to online content) on their own. During each session, group members take turns facilitating by leading others through discussion questions provided in the course book.

“I feel more motivated to be involved in the movement to stop global warming and to take action in my personal life and politically.”

– Dorothy, Palo Alto, CA

“After completing Powering a Bright Future I realized that there are still many easy (and obvious) ways that I can reduce my energy consumption. From double checking my light bulbs to getting back on my bike, I realized that regular reassessment of habits will help keep me in line with the sustainable lifestyle that I value.”

– Carolyn White, Portland, OR

Sample Discussion Questions

What are your city, county, state or other local governments doing to mitigate climate change and/or the energy crisis?
When looking at our society’s reaction to climate change, where have you observed the “split between what we think and what we do” that Michael Pollan mentions? How does this split play out in your own life?
What do you think the real cost of gasoline should be and what “costs” would it reflect? At what point would the price of gas affect your driving habits?