News flash


Moving Forward from the World Conference
led by Tim Jackins
February 5

Threats from Nuclear Weapons
led by Julian Weissglass
February 11

Unified Goal on the Climate
led by Diane Shisk
& Janet Kabue
March 4 or 5

Climate Change and the
RC Communities

The Unified Goal on the Climate

On August 14, 2022 the World Conference of the RC Communities passed a new Goal: The Unified Goal on the Climate. Tim explained the Goal as follows:

This is a unified goal on the climate. Because of the exceptional, unprecedented situation that exists today, I wanted to change once again the way we use our Goals.

My intent is that this Goal become our primary Goal for the next four years—because what happens in the next four years will significantly affect the quality of life for our children and grandchildren.

This Goal does not make our other Goals less important. Indeed, it clarifies their importance. We cannot achieve any Goal on the climate without working just as hard on all of our other Goals. So the Unified Goal on the Climate is structured in this form: First, the central Goal on the Climate and the reason for it are stated. Then, in the following sections the Goal on the Climate is interwoven with accomplishing all of our other Goals. I do want you to read the whole Unified Goal carefully.

This Goal has its own unique structure compared to our other Goals. It is a big undertaking that we are proposing, and many of us have worked hard to state this Goal as well as we could.

Tim Jackins, "Introducing the Unified Goal on the Climate," Present Time 209, October 2022, page 15.



Resources for Our Work to Stop Climate Change

Basic, Beyond the Basics, and More Advanced Resources

  • Resources: An Introduction to Climate Change
    • Brief video, short Diane article, temperature spiral, RCers talk about the impacts of climate change and how they got started taking on climate change

  • Resources: Beyond the Basics of Climate Change
    • NASA website. Short draft RC program, RC draft policy, UN climate poverty report, RC-powered updates (good & bad news), Why we prioritize climate change article by Diane and Tim

  • Resources: Advanced Information about Climate Change
    • Proposed draft program, IPCC report 2021/2022, special report on global warming, 6th Assessment report

RCers Addressing Climate Change


Excellent Overview Videos

Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation & Vulnerability, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Ten Years to Transform the Future of Humanity or Destabilize the Planet (TED talk by Johan Rockstrom)

Scientist Rebellion, April 2022

Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis

See What 3° of Global Warming Looks Like

Meet the People Getting Paid to Kill Our Planet (agriculture)

The carbon cycle is key to understanding climate change (The Economist)

Coalition COP26 trailer (Coalition COP26 organized the People's Summit and Global Day of action alongside COP26 in Glasgow)

You can find lots more videos about climate change here, including a lot of funny videos, like this one: Honest Government ad: Net Zero by 2050.

What's Happening with the Climate?

Regular updates on "The Good News" and "The Bad News" of climate change, with a short summary, a photo, and a link to more information if you want to go deep.  An excellent resource to stay in touch with climate news.  Updated daily.

Climate Justice

Outside RC

Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice maintains an excellent website and has a strong platform for action on climate justice.

Comic Book The Case for Climate Justice. From Global Justice Now! in the UK.  An excellent presentation of the key issues. 2022

Amanda Gorman Addresses the UN September 2022--Poem on climate change and oppression (An Ode We Owe) delivered to United Nations General Assembly.

Some other important climate justice organizations in the U.S. and their websites are listed below.

Indigenous Environmental Network

It Takes Roots

Climate Justice Alliance

United Frontline Table

People’s Climate Movement

Other organizations like Black Lives Matter and the Poor People's Campaign have strong climate justice components.

Inside RC

For more information on the work in RC on racism and genocide, see here.

The Sustaining All Life page on climate justice is here.

For more resources on climate change outside the RC Community, see here.

RC Short Draft Program on Climate Change

Short and easy to read, with translations.

Teaching about Climate Change in RC Classes

Class outlines for teaching about climate change and care of the environment

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

Annotated PowerPoint

The Basics of Climate Change (1.20.23) (PDF)

And, for attention out, nothing but climate cartoons and cute baby animals (PDF)

RC Webinars on Climate Change

We are posting the videos of RC webinars about climate change here.

The key thoughts and resources referenced the webinar on teaching about climate change can be found in this pdf.

Basic, Beyond the Basics, and More Advanced Resources

We have divided the next 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, Sustaining All Life, and Resources Outside the RC Community.

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.

An article “An Introduction to Climate Change,” by Diane Shisk.

Temperature spiral, showing the average temperature rising globally (with monthly anomalies), year by year, from 1900 to 2021.

Our Stories of Climate Change—stories by RCers about the effects of climate change they are seeing in their own communities.

How we got started--stories by RCers of how they got started taking action on the climate emergency.

Resources: Beyond the Basics of Climate Change

Climate Change, How Do We Know? 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.

Short draft program on Climate Change--easy to read, with translations.

Draft Policy on Care of the Environment—the RC Communities’ draft policy on care of the environment, including climate change.

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

Stories of Hope and Courage—replaced by Regular updates on "The Good News" and "The Bad News" of climate change.  So many hopeful things are happening.

The article “Why We Prioritize Addressing Climate Change,” by Diane Shisk and Tim Jackins (January 2023). This is a summary, updated every year or so, 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. (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 8/31/21.)

IPCC Sixth Assessment Report 2021

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.

Sixth Assessment Report 2022

Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability: assessing the impacts of climate change, looking at ecosystems, biodiversity, and human communities at global and regional levels. It also reviews vulnerabilities and the capacities and limits of the natural world and human societies to adapt to climate change.

RCers Addressing Climate Change

(more videos: here)

Five-year plans

RCers Five Year Plans for addressing the climate emergency.  Updated regularly.  To add yours, email a PDF to

Some RC Articles about Climate Change: here

Stories of the Climate Emergency, RCers Experiences: here

Stories from RCers about the impact of climate change around us. Excerpts below, click on title for full version of the story.

Direct Production Worker, Sydney

The fires are really full on (intense). 4000 people sitting on a beach down on border of Victoria is unheard of. So many fires they can't keep up with them.

South Dakota, by Marcie Rendon

The state of South Dakota is home to 9 Native American Reservations. The majority of these reservations have had floods covering their lands since the spring of 2019. South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem referred to recent flooding as the greatest natural disaster the state has ever seen. Noem said federal disasters have been declared in 58 of 66 counties in the state and on three tribal reservations. The March bomb cyclone and heavy rains since have created a slow-rolling natural disaster.

Trinidad & Tobago, by Chantal Esdelle

Yesterday (September 22, 2019) Tropical Storm Karen passed over Trinidad and Tobago. I was in Tobago. I sat with two friends inside our shared room looking out at the continuous heavy rain and wind outside and looking at videos, sent via WhatsApp, of raging flood water in areas 20 miles from us (in Tobago) rushing through houses and washing away cars.

Kenya, by Janet Kabue

This was one of the headlines in our local newspapers today "Grim days await Kenyans as long rains fail". It was one of the newspaper articles that has  in the recent past  highlighted the delay of the March-April-May rain season.  This rainfall highly impacts on the agricultural sector and hence food security in the country. The Meteorological department today stated that  there will be no rains  this season.  


Climate Emergency Coordinators resources

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