Here is the original posting, where the author gave me permission to use his list. Did he really delete the original posting or did it get censored. I am waiting to hear back from the author. Thank god that the browser caches links!
My plan is to import this data, split each link into a separate object, sort them into a taxonomy, and make them part of the Green Parties documentation of climate change. I am particularly interested in working with the Young Ecosocialists.
List of Climate Change Resources 1/3/2020
Updated - 8/6/2020 - added a website carbon footprint tool in the information section. Also added a new podcast.
Hello all. This document will feature a list of links to donations and lots of information that can help. Feel free to let me know if you have anything you’d like to add.
- Ecosia - A search engine that uses their money to planet trees by searching the internet and clicking ads. Uses Bing instead of Google but can search with Google but putting #g in front of your search. This place is carbon negative and even posts updates on Youtube as well as financial reports at the bottom of their home page. There's a mobile app for phones as well. Recently learned they have a clothing store.
- Ekoru - Similar to Ecosia except this search engine uses funds to donate to the Big Blue Ocean Cleanup. Instead of your searches funding trees, you fund ocean cleanup. Always good to have options! Features Chrome and Firefox extensions and a mobile app as well.
- Tabs for a Cause - Similar to Ecosia. Every time you open a new tab, it runs ads and you get a heart. Use those hearts towards a charity of your choice. Includes a few eco places so it's handy.
- Arcadia Power - Something a little different. Basically you pay your electric bill through these people and they use their money to buy renewable energy credits. The 50% plan is free and the 100% plan is roughly $10 a month (it was $20 when I signed up for it.) What's key about this one is renters can use it too. While it doesn't wipe your footprint entirely, it's an easy, free way to help the renewable energy sector grow more demand.
- Charity Miles - An app that pays money towards a charity for every mile you run/walk/bike. Includes some eco charities so it's a good one for athletes.
- Green Banking - An online bank that doesn't allocate funds to fossil fuel companies. Haven't used it myself yet but it's nice to have this choice.
- Free Rice - Not one that really helps with climate change but still worthy. For every quiz question you get right, they donate 10 grains of rice to someone in need. Roughly 100 pieces equal one bowl. Has a mobile app so it's a quick way to help out and train your brain when you're bored.
- Fabe - This app allows you to make personalized climate goals and keep you on them. It focuses on reducing, rescuing, and reconnecting with the world around us. Really handy for those who want to focus on small goals at a time. It's a fun way to stay mindful of your impact.
- List of 40 Eco-Apps - Like the title says. You may find something worth downloading here.
- The Climate Trail - A video game based on climate change that pays homage to the Oregon Trail. Available on desktop, iphone/ipad, and android for free.
- Eden Reforestation - This one is for tree planting. Only 10 cents a tree so every dollar has a big impact. Can even pick what country you want to plant in.
- Seaweed Saves The World - This one recently completed but may return with another round of funding. Essentially seaweed is better at carbon capture than trees and these guys are making giant kelp farms to help the ocean/cool the planet.
- Ocean Cleanup - Most of you already know the problems with plastic and the ocean. This one supports cleaning up that mess.
- Kiva - This is my top recommended by far. In increments of $25, you pay towards a loan for someone in another country. You can fund many eco projects like electric stoves, clean water supply, sanitary bathroom construction and it goes deeper into war relief efforts, education and more. The money acts as a loan and will be repaid to you which you can either cash out or put towards another loan. It creates a perpetual cycle of help in theory. They boast a return rate of over 90%. Can confirm first hand this one works, check it out.
- Weathering of Olivine Rock - Another idea on how to remove carbon from the air. When olivine rock is eroded by weather, it somehow captures carbon. All the science is there and it goes over my head so I can't explain it. There's also a sub for it called r/ProjectVesta.
- Carbon Offsets From Gold Standard - Buying offsets is basically like buying cleanup in place of some of our polluting ways like driving a car or flying in a plane. From what I've seen, it's roughly $12/ton so it's not a bad price. Here's an example of a newsletter they sent me in my email. Proof they have some updates. Here are a few alternatives from My Climate, Atmosfair, and Project Wren.
- Teaching Women Solar Installation - This is a two for one. You educate women to install solar panels so it helps the environment and the gender gap in other countries. Win win.
- Clean Energy For Poverty - Another two for one. Basically you help pay for renewable energy for those in poverty so you help the poor and the planet.
- Transportation Alternatives - This one is specifically for New York. It focuses on alternative means of transport.
- Earth Lawyers - This pays for lobbying on behalf of the planet. It may seem backwards to fund this kind of thing but there's a lot of legalities these days so we need some good lawyers on our side.
- Saving Rain Forest Land - You can help protect land in the rain forest by giving money to help it be purchased by this organization. This keeps harmful companies and people from being able to obtain it and destroy it. It's sold per acre and each habitat has a different price. At the time of this writing, some range from $0.76 to $459.
- Terra2 - A new project launching in 2020 where you invest in solar farms and can potentially turn it into passive money. Here's a reddit thread where they answer a few questions.
- The Sun Exchange - This company scouts potential businesses for solar panels. They then crowdsource the funding for it, install it, and it acts as a 20 year lease on their energy, with you being paid in bitcoins. Site says it’s roughly $4 UDS per cell.
- Preventing Permafrost Melt - This group plants Arctic grass to help prevent the Arctic permafrost from melting further. Monthly donations through Patreon from $5 and up.
Australia went through one of the worst bushfire seasons in 2019. A lot of damage occurred across homes and wildlife while firefighters worked themselves to exhaustion. This section offers some info and solutions on how to help.
- How To Help Australians After The Wildfires - A short article with links to details about the fires as well as donation links to the red cross. These fires occurred late 2019 but we should keep those affected in mind.
- More Ways To Help - This is mostly more donations but it includes a few unique things like hosting someone in need through AirBNB.
- Stop Adani - Adani is a guy who wants to open a new, big coal mine. If we band together we can help prevent this from happening. The German People have even gone to such lengths to pressure Siemens to refuse Adani. The thread in the link offers contact info to Siemens so anyone can reach out to them.
- Scott Morrison, the Prime Minister of Australia, has been under fire for his refusal to meet the people’s concerns about climate change. People are mad, like really mad! Many are asking for him to be removed from office. Consider joining the cause to at least convince him we need change.
- Galilee Blockade - A civil disobedience movement to protect the Galilee basin from having coal and gas extracted.
- Furries Raise $17,000 For Australia - An unusual title but a great cause. Basically a charity stream with artists and gamers eating hot stuff.
- The Aboriginal People Affected - This article outlines how the indigenous people of Australia have been impacted by the fires. It’s important to remember them in this crisis.
- Drawdown - List Of 100 Solutions - A massive list of everything that needs fixed/changed. It also talks about how they compare emission wise.
- Conservatives for Clean Energy - Climate change tends to be a liberal issue. However we musn't forget our conservative friends. They deserve just as many resources and as much understanding with this subject.
- Christians and Climate - Regardless of your beliefs, we all need to navigate this problem together in our own way. This is a small site for Christians to browse.
- 1 Million Women - This one is for the ladies. Currently at 605K at the time of writing, this site challenges women to reduce their emissions by 1 ton within a year. Has a neat quiz to try.
- 90 Companies Are To Blame - In general the wealthy are the worst offenders of emissions. These companies need to be held accountable in nonviolent but meaningful ways.
- 100 Individuals Responsible - Similar to the above, this article names specific individuals that need to be held accountable.
- Debating Against Deniers (With Clickable Links) - Many deniers mean well and have logic to what they believe. This link has almost 200 arguments and rebuttals with facts for you to use to help others understand the role we play in this issue. Here's a video to help get you started.
- CO2 Earth - This is an interesting one. This site measures CO2 in the atmosphere and constantly updates. It's a unique tool to look into where we are at this moment.
- IPCC - The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is an organization that gathers scientific info to help countries develop plans against climate change. Their work is often referenced in climate change talks so it's worth a look.
- Real Climate - A site that talks about climate science by actual climate scientists. Very science-y for those who love data.
- Appropedia - This is a wiki with articles all about sustainability, permaculture, etc. It's useful for looking over if you have a project you're working on or would like more of this kind of info in general. Also helps if you know a thing or two and want to contribute.
- Fourth National Climate Assessment - Like the title says, this is a big site of information for impacts, risks, and adaptation in the US.
- Green New Deal For Europe - Basically what the title says. This is one of the best plans out there for taking down climate change swiftly and strongly. We can't forget our friends around the world after all!
- 8 Activists Who Were Killed Fighting Climate Change - A somber article but I wanted to share this here to honor them. Sometimes the battles we fight have a higher cost than we anticipate.
- Farming Hemp - Hemp is one of the most effective plants at absorbing CO2. This short article has some great info.
- Year Of The Planet - A pledge to sign up and reduce your single use plastics. Offers advice and news through email.
- Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator - A neat calculator you can mess around with. Arcadia Power derives their stats using this site.
- Carbon Tax - Some info about Carbon Taxing.
- Interview About Green Schools - Schools are a great place to share the relevance of the environment with young people and foster a healthy mindset with it. This interview shares some ideas on that.
- Info About Refrigerants - One of the easily forgotten things, refrigerants are a big problem. They’re actually ranked number one on the Project Drawdown link. Here’s an article with plenty of humor that breaks down all you need to know about it.
- End Coal Tracker - A handy tracker for keeping tabs on coal plants and their status worldwide. Likewise, here’s a US version provided by the Sierra Club.
- Study Shows Coal Shutdowns Is Good - Just a little more proof on how coal shutdowns improve human and plant health.
- Uplink - A new platform for entrepreneurs to come together on the basis of tackling climate change. A great way to get in touch with new people with unique ideas.
- Fossil Free Funds - A nice tracker to try and switch your money from FF stuff to something better.
- Guide to Monkeywrenching - This is a guide to basically disabling machinery and equipment to protest what’s being done to the environment. This is non violent and should not target humans!!
- Digital Sustainability Audits - Saw this on reddit. It’s a tool that pinpoints how efficient websites are at reducing their carbon footprint, while offering ideas for improvements. Here’s their website if you want to give it a try.
- Infographic about Canada's Fossil Fuel Industry - This gives an idea of who is doing well to help out the cause and who needs to do more, specifically for Canada.
The following are various links with some hard science. You can learn more about climate change and use it for debates if you’re looking for something more concrete.
- How Global Warming Works
- Evidence From NASA
- Topics In Cognitive Science
- How To Communicate The Science By Yale
- Info About Landfills
- Sciencey Info About Fixing Climate Change
- 36 Pages of Proof
- Most Americans Want To Learn About Climate Change
Laws & Government
- Look Up Your Officials (U.S.) - A handy site that lets you look up local, state, and federal officials. Includes a fair amount of contact info on them too.
- Contact Your Reps - A quick and easy site to write an email to your reps. Just look 'em up and write a message.
- Bernie Sanders is one of the leading candidates in the US that is fighting for climate change. His breakdown of the Green New Deal could really help turn things around. Consider checking the links for more info.
- Environmental Voter Project - A site which helps urge environmentalists to vote as well as helps getting environmental issues pushed to the forefront of political agendas. You can also sign up for email reminders about when elections are being held near you. Super handy!
- Sign Up To Vote! - Check your registration status or sign up in 2 minutes. Easy peasy.
- Plug Star - A handy site to help you look up electric cars by make and model. You can even search for a dealer near you at the end. Sweet.
- Information On 15 Electric Cars - This site gives a description of many EV models as well as their price and their range. It also has a lot of good info for newcomers in the bottom half of the page.
- More Information On Electric Cars - This is an alternative guide to the one above. Never hurts to have more information before making such a large purchase.
- (U.S.) Federal and State Incentives - In the U.S., incentives are offered for buying new electric vehicles. Think of it as a rebate or a refund to what you're paying. This handy guide allows you to check what incentive you can quality for by state and the federal level and even provides links to the actual laws proving this. Nice!
Meat / Dairy Alternatives & Sustainable Foods
- Vegan Info - A good site to get you started if you're considering veganism.
- 7 Plant Based Foods To Try - A quick list of different planty meats to try.
- 6 Alternatives To Cow Milk - A list explaining pros and cons of different types of milk.
- Info About Meat Emissions - This site has a lot of info, graphics, and charts about the impact meat has on emissions. It even talks about it in a global sense so you can get an idea of what's going on all over the world.
- More Science! - Another site with a lot of info. The science jargon is heavier here but it has a lot more data than the previous link. Has detailed references and charts.
- Lab Grown Meat - Also referred to as Cultured Meat is a means by which animal cells are taken and grown to make the meat we eat. This is just a wiki article but it has the info you need here.
- Plant Based Ice Cream - Don't forget about dessert! This article talks about some brands that are out there.
- Sustainable Wine - This describes how wine makers can take care of the planet while making wine.
- Animal Agriculture Causes 51% of Emissions - I mostly put this one here for the hilarious picture.
The following are just straight links to manufacturers websites where you can look over for more information.
- Beyond Meat
- Impossible Foods
- No Evil Foods
- Upton's Naturals
- Sunflower Family
- Mrs. Goldfarb's Unreal Deli (As seen on Shark Tank)
- Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream
- Fetzer Wines
Climate Change Anxiety
- General Info - This article explains climate change anxiety, how it differs from others as well as the guilt of maintaining our lifestyles. Even if you personally don't feel it, it can help you understand family, friends, or others online who may be dealing with this.
- Ways To Cope - Generations before us dealt with really scary stuff. War, famine, natural disasters, you name it! This article offers a few ways to ease your mind so you can keep up on your mental health.
- How To Deal With Climate Change Worry - An alternative to the link above.
- We Stopped Climate Change Once - An inspirational article for those who may be feeling stressed about the responsibility we face.
- How To Calm Your Anxiety and Help Out - An article by the NY Times which offers some advice.
As always, please reach out for help if you feel you need it. We are all in this together so please seek professional help if you feel you are in trouble.
The following are organizations focused on tackling climate change. Many of them have chapters all over the world and are great ways to get more involved with people around you and around the world.
- Rising Up!
- Extinction Rebellion
- Citizen's Climate Lobby
- Sunrise Movement
- Earth DNA - Ambassadors
- Alliance for Climate Education
- Yale Program on Climate Change Communication
- Scientists Speak Up
- Climate Reality Project
- Union of Concerned Scientists
- National Resources Defense Council
- Honor The Earth
- The Climate Coalition (U.K)
- Stop Ecocide
- Bee Friendly Tips - Bees are often seen as pests when it comes to our yards. They are not only necessary to us but the environment as a whole. Here's some tips that can give you some ideas how to help the bees.
- More Bee Tips - An alternative to the above. More great info here.
- Why Bees Are Important - Self explanatory. Has a nice PDF file to look over.
- Replace Your Lawn With Wildflower Meadows - In general, mowing your lawn isn't as good for it as you might believe. Mowers burn fossil fuels and often destroy biodiverse species in the ground. Following the idea of bees, why not turn your lawn into a wildflower meadow? Better for bees, the planet, and less hassle for you. This site can also give you tips on how to grow your meadows and what kind of seeds to buy.
- Electric Push Mowers Info - This site has a plethora of information about electric lawn mowers. It features a few reviews of models but a lot of general info. In general, electric is better because it doesn't burn gasoline so keep this in mind when buying weed eaters, riding mowers, etc. Basically any outdoor equipment.
- Electric Riding Mower Reviews - Same as above but it's all reviews and for riding mowers specifically.
- Electric Weed Eater Reviews - Similar to the above. Has links to Amazon listings.
- Guide For Composting Leaves - You should never burn leaves, sticks, or really anything in general in your yard. You can mulch them with a lawn mower or compost them to get nutrients back into the ground.
- Tips For Composting Sticks - Similar to the above but it talks more about sticks, twigs, and branches.
- Transform Your Yard Into A Food Forest - This guy explains how he did this in 3 years. Really cool and efficient way to use your yard.
Things In General
- Most homes' energy is created by fossil fuels. Try to reduce/limit the amount of energy you use in your home. Buying renewable energy systems for your home such as solar, wind, hydro, or geothermal is an excellent way to reduce your footprint.
- The same goes for water consumption. Try to save water when you can.
- Vehicles are commonly powered by fossil fuels as well. Try walking or biking where you need to go. Carpooling to work is another easy way to reduce the use of gasoline. Buying an electric car is one of the best ways to reduce this part of your footprint.
- Eating meat causes emissions as well. Worldwide meat consumption has been growing and this causes deforestation to make room for more animals on farms. Not only that but many animals release methane when they belch. More animals = more emissions. Going vegan is not only healthy for you but an easy way to reverse this. If that's too extreme, try avoiding beef and lamb as they are the worst options and elect for something else when you can. Consider checking out r/vegan or r/vegetarian for more info.
- Reduce plastic and packaging use as much as possible. Most plastic is made from oil and takes incredibly long to break down in landfills, often leading to pollution. Try buying biodegradable plastic that's made from plants and avoid buying single use items like straws. Also consider taking your own bag to the grocery store to avoid their single use bags.
- Vote for climate conscious candidates. You can contact the representatives in your area by phone, email, letter, and even fax. Feel free to contact them multiple times to let them know how important this issue is. Remember to be polite and to vote at both local and federal levels.
- The world overall, just needs a big upgrade as soon as possible.
Things To Keep An Eye On
- Goldman Sachs To Spend $750B Towards Fighting Climate Change
- Entrepreneur Raises $4.3 Million Towards Bioplastics
- Hartford Limits Insurance Coverage To Those Invested In Coal & Tar Sands
- Vegan Shoes In Development By Nike, Adidas, & Reebok
- Blackrose Technology Is Working On The Plastic Problem
- Mattel Will Produce First Sugarcane Plastic Toy In 2020
- Lego Is Also Trying
- The Senate Passes Biggest Conservation Bill Yet
- Biggest Private Coal Owner Goes Bankrupt
- Most Insurance Won't Cover Coal
- Renewable Jobs Are Booming
- Renewable Energy Prices Can Compete With Fossil Fuels
- Power From Renewables Exceeds Coal In US
- Milk Sales Down By $1.1 Billion In US
- 6 Positive Stories From 2019
- Rooftop Farming In Bangkok Prevents Flooding
- Black Rock Has a $7 Trillion Investment Plan Against Climate Change
- Fossil Fuel Companies Know What's Going On
- Billionaires Are Buying Doomsday Bunkers
- Microsoft Pledges to be Carbon Negative By 2030
- Portugal Reaching 100% Renewable Energy
- Scotland Is On Track To Hit 100% Renewable Energy
- Vietnam's Solar Power Grows Faster Than Expected
- MarinaTex - Plastic Made From Fish Scales