Does it feel like Climate Change is too big and distant a problem for you to make a difference? Is it too depressing for you to even try? It’s not – because change happens with small steps taken by all of us! Indeed, it’s the only way social progress ever happens.
Support Carbon Pricing
Citizens Climate Lobby proposes that an extraction fee be placed on fossil fuels, based on the CO2 content of those fuels, at the first point of sale. All revenue from that tax would be returned to the public as a monthly payment to protect households from rising costs associated with the carbon fee.
Learn about carbon fee and dividend: http://citizensclimatelobby.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/REMI-National-SUMMARY.pdf
Methane traps 86 times more heat than CO2. When leaks to the atmosphere are factored in, natural gas (mostly methane) is as bad as coal for causing climate change. Fracking for natural gas also consumes huge quantities of water and may increase earthquakes. It is wrong for California. Tell Governor Brown: http://dontfrackcalifornia.org. Contact information at email@example.com
Divest from Fossil Fuels
Ethically Imperative. The Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC), a fellowship of over 300 churches which represent some 590 million people in 150 countries, endorsed fossil fuel divestment, agreeing to phase out its own holdings and encourage its members to do the same. http://350.org/press-release/world-council-of-churches-endorses-fossil-fuel-divestment/
Nobel Peace-Prize winner and former South African Anglican Archbishop, Desmond Tutu, recently called for an “anti-apartheid style boycott of the fossil fuel industry”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlh_ptOljkg
Financially Responsible. Just 90 companies have produced nearly two-thirds of the greenhouse gas emissions since the dawn of the industrial age. Half of these emissions were produced in the past 25 years – well past the date when governments and corporations knew about climate change. The value of these publically traded companies is based upon their fossil fuel holdings (reserves). If world leaders actually enforce the Copenhagen warming limit, roughly 75 percent of the fossil fuels held by publicly traded companies will need to stay in the ground. The value of these “stranded assets” has been estimated at $17 trillion, creating the “carbon bubble”.
Learn more about the Carbon Bubble and Divesting:
Using the atmosphere as a carbon sink: http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/do-the-math/
Start a campaign to divest from fossil fuels: http://campaigns.gofossilfree.org/
Do fossil-fuel-free portfolios perform poorly? Answer: not at all. (See links below.)