Climate Change and the RC Communities

The RC Community, recognizing the clear evidence of dangerous and ongoing climate change caused primarily by human activity, is facing the challenge of finding and acting on ways to stop it. 

We will support all RC Community members to discharge any distress that keeps us from playing any role in the struggle to preserve the world, recognizing the role that all oppressions have played in creating the climate crisis and the need to act against all oppressions to find solutions.

We will each challenge the distress recordings that have left us feeling powerless and alone, and so learn how to move rapidly forward—together and with confidence—in our personal relationships and in public opposition to irrational policies.

We will assist each other to learn about and understand the current situation, including by getting directly involved with those working to stop climate change. 

We will share our knowledge and practice, so that those who are working on climate change can function more effectively.

We will create opportunities for RC Community members to gather to discuss the situation, discharge, and develop new ideas, tactics, and strategies as quickly as possible.

From "A Needed Initiative," Present Time No. 195, page 3. 

Resources for Our Work to Stop Climate Change

We have divided the first part of this page into resources for those who are new to the topic, those who want something a little more advanced, and those who want to look at detailed science issues and our draft program.  And additional resources by category (RC articles, video, website, wide world articles, and so on) are farther down on the page. See also: sections on Care of the Environment and Sustaining All Life.

Resources: An Introduction to Climate Change

An Introduction to Climate Change in 60 Seconds—a brief video from the Royal Society and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences: <www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4e5UPu1co0>.

An article “An Introduction to Climate Change,” by Diane Shisk: <www.rc.org/introtocc>.

Temperature anomalies arranged by country, from 1900 to 2016: <www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4Ra2HR27pQ>. (This video shows the rhythm of global warming for countries around the world, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe—making it clear that temperatures for more than a hundred countries are climbing ever higher on the back of increasing carbon `pollution.)

Our Stories of Climate Change—stories by RCers about the effects of climate change they are seeing in their own communities: <www.rc.org/climatechangestories>.

Resources: Beyond the Basics of Climate Change

Climate Change, How Do We Know? <climate.nasa.gov/evidence/>. (This is from the NASA website, an excellent resource for basic and more detailed information that has many videos and graphics on different aspects of climate change.)

Draft Policy on Care of the Environment—the RC Communities’ draft policy on care of the environment, including climate change: <www.rc.org/draftpolicycoe>.

Multi-media presentation on climate change—Diane Shisk’s summary of the science and key issues, with videos and graphics: <www.rc.org/multimedia>.

Stories of Hope and Courage—excerpts from writings by RCers and from the news showing hopeful ways that people are organizing: <www.rc.org/climatehope>.

The article “Why We Prioritize Addressing Climate Change,” by Diane Shisk and Tim Jackins: <www.rc.org/climatepriority>. (This is a summary, updated every few months, of the basic science of climate change, with citations for more resources and a summary of what we can do.)

Resources: Advanced Information about Climate Change

A proposed Draft Program for the RC Communities on Climate Change (and 2 page summary) that includes an overall program and specific action steps: <www.rc.org/climatechangedraft>. (We expect to update this frequently as more information becomes available about the steps we can and should take now. The program was drafted with a global perspective, but people from every country are encouraged to write an addendum about their specific circumstances, since the situation varies so much from country to country. Last revised 3/5/19.)

Global Warming of 1.5 °C, an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty. A summary of this report is here.

June 25, 2019 report of UN expert on effects of climate change on poverty details the devastating impacts on poor people and poor countries.  

A Summary of the Current Science of Climate Change and why immediate action is needed: <www.rc.org/sciencesummary>. (This is a detailed survey and summary of current peer-reviewed articles on the science of climate change, with citations, that is updated every couple of months.)

Resources for Teaching about Climate Change in RC Classes

"Climate Moments" for your RC class (see article A Climate Moment in Every RC Class)

RC Articles about Climate Change

Taking a Needed Initiative, by Tim Jackins, April 2019

Facing the Climate Emergency, by Bess Herbert, April 2019

Supporting Youth to Take Action on Climate Change, by Brian Lavendel, April 2019

Fully Engaging with the Climate Crisis, by Diane Shisk, April 2019

Climate Change, Capitalism, Movement Building and RC, by Eric Braxton, April 2019

Listening, and Working on Oppressor Distress, by Dulce Cisneros

Racism, Internalized Racism, and Climate Change, by Barbara Love, January 2019

A Climate Moment in Every RC Class, by Russ Vernon-Jones, January 2019

The Disproportionate Impacts of Climate Change, by Diane Shisk, January 2019

The California Wildfires, by Anonymous Mom, January 2019

Taking a Big Step, by Caroline New, January 2019

An Introduction to Climate Change, by Diane Shisk, October 2018

Facing the Seriousness of Climate Change, Diane Shisk, October 2018

Science of Climate Change, multimedia outline, by Diane Shisk, October 2018

Standing Up to Fracking in the North of England, by Sheena Mooney, October 2018

Becoming Warriors for Climate and Economic Justice, by David Ratzlow, October 2018

Facing the Seriousness of Climate Change, by Diane Shisk, October 2018

Resources for Increasing Our Awareness about Climate Change, by Diane Shisk, October 2018

Climate Change and "Mental Health" Liberation, by Russ Vernon-Jones, October 2018

Bringing Our Strengths as RCers to the Movement to Stop Climate Change, by Diane Shisk, July 2018

Preparing to Play a Key Role in Transforming Society, by Irene Shen, Jenny Sazama, Eric Braxton, and Diane Shisk, April 2018

Sustaining All Life at COP23, in Bonn, Germany, Teresa Enrico and Wytske Visser, January 2018

A Good Experience with Civil Disobedience, Russ Vernon-Jones, January 2018

What to Do in the Current Situation, by Diane Shisk, October 2017

Climate Change and RC, by Tim Jackins and Diane Shisk, April 2017

Learning about Climate Change in an RC Class, by many, April 2017

The Present Conditions and Tasks, by Tim Jackins, January 2017

Why We Prioritize Addressing Climate Change, by Diane Shisk and Tim Jackins, June 2016 (updated March 2019)

Gathering Friends to Look at Climate Change, by Anna Shapley-Quinn, April 2016

Bringing RC to the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, July 2015

 

Websites explaining climate change

NASA: Climate Science, How Do We Know? This NASA website is an excellent resource for both basic and more detailed information that has many videos and graphics on different aspects of climate change.

Six Graphics that Explain Climate Change, by BBC News, does exactly what it says - nice succinct graphics show what’s happening, why it’s happening, and what can be done.

Climate Change 101 with Bill Nye the Science Guy is a 4-minute video that explains global warming and its effects.

Climate Science: What you Need to Know is a 6-minute video making the case for human-created climate change, explaining the science of how greenhouse gases create global warming and its effects seen in rising sea levels, ocean life, and more.

A Timeline of Earth's Average Temperature is one giant (humorous) graphic showing the increase in average global temperature from 20,000 BCE to the present day.

Global Cities at Risk from Sea-Level Rise has short videos that show what flooding would look like in different cities around the world if average temperatures increased 4 degrees Celsius versus 2 degrees.

The Oceans and Climate Change is a 6-minute video that explains the carbon cycle, especially the critical role of the ocean in regulating Earth’s carbon balance.

Solutions to Climate Change

How to Cut U.S. Emissions Faster? (New York Times, February 2019). This is an interactive graphic showing how policies that are already used by other governments could cut US greenhouse gas emissions drastically.

Bill McKibben on solutions (January 2019). This video (start at 10:25) talks about climate change as an opportunity to address equity. He discusses the Green New Deal; government policies to support renewable energy; how the work of activists is less about pushing for specific policies and more about changing ideas about what’s normal and reasonable; climate strikes; and that we are past the point of individual actions, it has to be about collective action.

Hope in a Changing Climate, John Lui, 2009, showing possibilities for restoration of degraded land.

Climate Change Solutions from November 2018 Climate Change Town Hall, Washington, D.C., USA

 

The Solutions Project, thesolutionsproject.orgThis is a U.S.-based NGO that works for 100% clean energy by providing research, visuals, and grants.

Climate Change Solutions (April 2017) is an 8-minute video that discusses putting a price on carbon, making massive investments in renewable energy, and keeping fossil fuels in the ground.

Ten Solutions for Climate Change talks about a mix of individual actions and policies: alternatives to fossil fuels, infrastructure upgrades, shorter commutes, reducing consumption, energy efficiency, eating lower on the food chain, unplugging electrical devices, and more.

Drawdown: 100 Solutions to Reverse Global WarmingBased on the 2017 book Drawdown, this list of 100 policies, practices, and individual actions is divided into categories by electricity generation, food, women and girls, buildings and cities, land use, transportation, and materials.

Hopeful Articles about Climate Change

10 Reasons to Feel Hopeful About Climate Change in 2019, Sierra Club magazine, January 2019

Resources to Learn More about Climate Change

The Impacts of Climate Change at 1.5C, 2C and BeyondThis interactive graphic shows the effects of 1.5 degrees Celsius warming versus 2 degrees Celsius on different parts of the world as well as on specific areas such as oceans, ice, temperatures, rainfall, storms, flooding, crops, wildlife environments, GDP, and public health.

Climate Interactive is a website that provides online interactive tools to see the effects of climate change and policy solutions, as well as videos.

Carbon Brief--Carbon Countdown is a UK-based website with a daily briefing and collection of articles on climate science, climate policy, and energy policy. Lots of clear graphics and easy-to-follow explanations.

Climate Justice/Environmental Racism resources

The Equitable and Just Climate Platform advances the goals of economic, racial, climate, and environmental justice to improve the public health and well-being of all communities, while tackling the climate crisis. video

The People's Demands for Climate Justice is a website that collected signatures to support a set of demands for climate justice to the government delegates at the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference (also known as COP24).

Poor People's Campaign, 50 year reportProduced in conjunction with the 2018 Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, this report presents data about the impact of racism, poverty, militarism, and ecological devastation on poor and working class people and people of the global majority, and calls for transformative action.

Food SecurityThis graphic and article discuss the impact of climate change on hunger and food security around the world.

Our Power Film/Black Water Mesa CoalitionThis 8-minute video discusses the work of the Black Water Mesa Coalition in fighting for a just transition to clean energy on Navajo Nation land, with partners from around the country in the Climate Justice Alliance.

Movement Generation, Transition Is Inevitable, Justice Is NotThis website outlines a set of principles for what they call a “Just Recovery” from climate-caused disasters that are based on working for justice, rights, self-governance, and ecological restoration.

Environmental Racism ExplainedThis 3-minute video describes how environmental racism targets communities of the global majority for polluting industries, hazardous waste, and lack of access to clean air and water. It looks at Flint and Detroit, Michigan, and other places as examples.

Environmental Justice, ExplainedThis 3-minute video explains how communities of the global majority and poor people are segregated and then targeted for environmental contamination, in different neighborhoods within cities and also globally.

Environmental Justice Atlas is an impressive website that has a map of the world where you can choose different places that are the sites of struggle over environmental issues. Each site has extensive information about the details of the conflict, with citations for further information.

Videos About Climate Change

Why the IPCC Report is so Scary is a 10-minute video about the 2018 Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the United Nations body that is the internationally recognized authority on climate change. The report talks about the catastrophic consequences of the difference between a global average temperature increase of 1.5°C versus 2°C.

Ah'ah Laot: People of the Sea is a 7-minute video about the impact of climate change on the people of Tigtabon Island in the Philippines, who depend on the ocean for their livelihood.

Young Voices for the PlanetThis website has a series of short videos of young people talking about the impact of climate change in their lives and taking action to address it.

Human Flow

Climate Change Solutions from November 2018 Climate Change Town Hall

The Devastating Impact of Climate Change in Ethiopia

The Story of Climate Change (April 2017)

Climate Change Solutions (April 2017)

Sea Level Rise in the Pacific

India Man Plants Forest Bigger Than Central Park to Save His Island

Al Gore: The case for optimism on climate change

Before the Flood, National Geographic

This Changes Everything

The Coming Storm of Climate Change

Call to Earth: A Message from the World's Astronauts to COP21

Years of Living Dangerously (2 seasons, search on the internet)

 

Videos that get your attention out

Greta Thunberg on Hope

Julia Roberts as Mother Nature

Morgan Freeman, Our Future

I'm A Climate Scientist

Funny videos

John Oliver, Green New Deal

Old People Don't Care about Climate Change

John Oliver, Climate Change Debate

Coal Lobby Warns Wind Farms May Blow Earth Off Orbit

What's so Funny about Climate Change

Climate Change Helps Homeless People

Useful short videos and graphics

The Countries with the Largest Cumulative Emissions since 1750

Carbon Brief: Data Dashboard

Fossil Free Divestment

The Climate Risks of Natural Gas

Top Ten Solutions to Climate Change from Drawdown

Carbon budget, global mean temperature, CO2 concentration

Countries most likely to survive climate change

CO2 Emissions of top ten countries over time

Current CO2 Emissions

What the world would look like if all the ice melted

IPCC Report, October 2018

Global Warming of 1.5 °C

Draft Programs of Other Organizations

The Sunrise Movement--Sunrise is a movement to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process. We're building an army of young people to make climate change an urgent priority across America, end the corrupting influence of fossil fuel executives on our politics, and elect leaders who stand up for the health and wellbeing of all people. Plan.

Extinction Rebellion--Extinction Rebellion is a campaign by the Rising Up network. We aim to promote a fundamental change of our political and economic system to one which maximises well-being and minimises harm.

Exponential Climate Action Roadmap--A report to the Global Climate Action Summit, September 2018 outlining the global economic transformation required by 2030 to meet the Paris Agreement on climate.

The Climate Mobilization--Faced with a catastrophically failing system, the only rational response is a system overhaul. To protect humanity, we need a massive transformation of our economy and society in a matter of years, not decades. We must rapidly direct our resources toward a singular national purpose: restoring a safe climate for our world.

The Leap Manifesto--We call for a Canada based on caring for each other and the planet, moving swiftly to a post-carbon future, upholding Indigenous rights, and pursuing economic justice for all.

World on the Edge, Earth Policy Institute--In this urgent time, World on the Edge calls out the pivotal environmental issues and how to solve them now.

Useful websites

Carbonbrief.org--and you can subscribe to a very useful daily email briefing

trillionthtonne.org--showing our approach to the emissions that will bring us to 2C, 3C, and 4C.  

ClimateActionTracker--independent scientific analysis of 32 countries with 80% of all carbon emissions, tracking progress towards the globally agreed aim of holding warming well below 2°C, and pursuing efforts to limit warming to 1.5°C.

Green Climate Fund Dashboard

George Washington University listing of 53 climate change websites

US Climate Resilience Toolkit

World Institute on Disability: Climate Change and Disaster Preparation for People with Disabilities

United States Climate Alliance

Important books

Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, P. Hawken, http://www.drawdown.org/

The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy, M. Mann & T. Toles.

The Sixth Extinction, by Elizabeth Kolbert

Storms of My Grandchildren, James Hansen

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, Naomi Klein

Important publications from groups working on climate change

Missing Pathways to 1.5C, Climate Land Ambition and Rights Alliance (2018)

Equity and the Ambition Ratchet, Civil Society Review (2018)

Carbon Pricing: A Critical Perspective for Community Resistance (2017)

Dirty Energy Dominance: Dependent on Denial (fossil fuel subsidies), Oil Energy International (2017)

Important articles

UN expert condemns failure to address impact of climate change on poverty, report to the UN June 24, 2019

Blue Collar Workers: Let's Support the Green New Deal, https://systemchangenotclimatechange.org/article/blue-collar-workers-lets-support-green-new-deal (by Steve Morse, RC leader in Oakland, CA, USA)

Time to Panic, NY Times, February 2019

Ten Reasons to Feel Hopeful About Climate Change, Sierra magazine, January 2019

Global Commission Calls for a Food Revolution to Solve World’s Climate & Nutrition Problems, Inside Climate News and The Lancet, January 2019

The World Needs to Quit Coal. Why Is It So Hard?, November 24, 2018

Palm Oil Was Supposed to Help Save the Planet. Instead It Unleashed a Catastrophe., November 20, 2018

10 ways to accelerate progress against climate change, VOX, October 2018

Major Climate Report Describes a Strong Risk of Crisis as Early as 2040, October 7, 2018

What genuine, no-bullshit ambition on climate change would look like, VOX, May 8, 2018

When Will the World's Polluters Start Paying for the Mess They Made?, Climate Change News, May 2, 2018

Alaska’s Permafrost is Thawing, The New York Times, Aug. 23, 2017

Well Below 2° C: Mitigation strategies for avoiding dangerous to catastrophic climate changes

2020: The Climate Turning Point

The U.S. Is the Biggest Carbon Polluter in History. Will It Walk Away From the Paris Climate Deal?, The New York Times

The world's biggest gamble, Johan Rockström & others

Recalculating the New Climate Math, Bill McKibben, New Republic, September 22, 2016

A World at War, Bill McKibben, New Republic, August 15, 2016

ZnetAfrica’s Human Existence Is at Severe Risk

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP),  “Climate Change in Africa – What Is at Stake?

Oxfam International: Suffering the Science: Climate Change, People, and Poverty. 2009

“Shock Waves: Managing the Impacts of Climate Change on Poverty,” World Bank Group. 2016


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