Embracing Earth Hour: 5 of the Best Educational Resources
March 19th marks this year’s Earth Hour, a worldwide event which asks citizens to turn their lights off from 8:30-9:30 pm in order to raise awareness surrounding climate change. Following the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, which marked a momentous commitment from over 190 countries worldwide to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius, the time for change is now.
Of course, change starts with individuals and that means you! Measurable results stem from educated responses to the factors contributing to climate change. So let’s get educated and start making informed decisions concerning climate change surrounding our lives and habits.
“It’s stupid that we put water in bottles in Fiji and ship it here.” John Doer’s emotional TED Talk “Salvation (and profit) in greentech” brings attention to the unfortunate reality of our environments future. An eye-opening and honest discussion about the reality surrounding climate change and how it will take the efforts of businesses, individuals, and policy makers all working together in order to create noticeable change.
The global food system contributes to one-third of greenhouse gas emissions. Anna Lappe’s “Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It” is a wonderful look at how examining our worldwide food production system and personal choices can make a powerful environmental impact.
Tune into the podcast “The Biggest Story in the World.” Alan Rusbridger asks his journalism team at ‘The Guardian’ to tell the story of climate change in a way that is both engaging and informative. Check out standout episode #6 “Psychology” which examines why so many people have a hard time caring about climate change. The team works to find ways that we can change the conversation so that people start listening.
“The Climate Reality Project” runs a fantastic website. With a regularly updated blog, downloadable e-books, pertinent videos surrounding the topic, and suggestions relating to how you can get involved. The site is a gold mine of helpful resources and up to date information.
Get involved, there is no better time than now! Earth Hour provides a fantastic opportunity to start taking responsibility for your own contributions towards climate change. Check out events happening in areas around you, turn off your lights in support of change, and use the day as a catalyst to make your efforts a yearlong commitment!
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Of course, the internet is overflowing with helpful tools and resources concerning climate change, our job is to utilize it. What are some of your favorite resources? What sources have you found that inspired you to make a change? Share your recommendations with us in the comments section below!
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