Actions You Can Take

There are 2 primary responses to the risk of climate change: 

Mitigation involves reducing greenhouse gas emissions and protecting forests to reduce the overall magnitude of climate change. Mitigation is the most effective approach to protecting future generations from catastrophic impacts. 

The problem is, we need drastic and immediate cuts in emissions to avoid the most serious impacts in the future. 

Adaptation includes actions that reduce our vulnerability to the negative impacts of climate change. Adaptation is needed because emissions already released into the atmosphere today cause further climate change for approximately 30 years.  

The choice between mitigation and adaptation is a false one. We have to do both.

Here are some things YOU can do:

Get Involved in Positive Solutions


Over 1000 people participated in Rogue Climate’s event to call attention to climate change using art, youth, and the environment to gain support.

There are many groups that are working at the local, state, and federal level to create economic, social, and policy solutions. Here are a few of our favorite groups that are national in scope:

Be sure and let your elected leaders know your position on policy that affects greenhouse gas emissions. Call them often.

Take Charge of Your Own Carbon Footprint

carbon footprint imageSolar panels are cheaper than they have ever been, and many state and local rebates are in place to make them even cheaper. Electric cars are now affordable and there are many models to choose from. Public transportation is becoming more widely available. Telecommuting and teleconferencing technology have revolutionized remote communications. It is easier than ever make positive choices that support the local economy, save money and time, and take fossil fuels out of our daily lives.

Find many household, school, and workplace tips on the EPA’s website.

Work With Your Community to Initiate Action

Climate change may be a global phenomenon, but many of the solutions need to be implemented at the local level. Let your local decision makers know that you are concerned and want to see action. 

Community Energy Plans - Many cities and towns are coming together to create Community Energy Plans – collaborative and regional blueprints for greening our energy sources. For step-by-step guidance on how to develop and implement such a plan, go to the U.S. DOE’s “State and Local Solution Center.”

The cities on this map are all undergoing the Community Energy Planning process in 2014-2015 as part of the Georgetown University Energy Prize. Many others are also using the framework, but are not included in the national competition.

Community Resilience - Many communities are increasing their resilience to protect citizens from increasing extreme events, such as floods, droughts, and wildfires. Community resilience planning addresses a variety of stressors to vulnerable populations and natural resources so that communities can withstand extreme events while protecting economic, social, and environmental well-being. Get more information on developing community resilience in a highly collaborative manner..


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