Whether you are full-on doomer who believes the cause is hopeless but you want to go down fighting or a person who is just realizing that the climate crisis exists and wants to do something, there is a place for you. Here are some of the options.
360.org: One of the first groups who called out the climate crisis, 360.org’s original mission was to keep the level of carbon in the atmosphere to below 360. As we know, we’ve flown right past that number. 360.org continues to fight though: “360.org uses online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions to oppose new coal, oil and gas projects, take money out of the companies that are heating up the planet and build 100% clean energy solutions that work for all. 350’s network extends to 188 countries.”
Climate CoLab: The goal of MIT’s Climate CoLab is to “harness the collective intelligence of thousands of people from all around the world to address complex societal problems, starting with global climate change.” It is an open problem-solving platform where a growing community of over 90,000 people — including over 300 of the world’s leading experts on climate change and related fields — work on and evaluate plans to reach global climate change goals.
Climate Lab Book: An experimental blog in ‘open source’ climate science written by climate scientists but open to anyone to see and comment. The aim is to promote collaboration through open scientific discussion, and to improve understanding of the evolving climate. It also contains some very helpful and well-known “climate spirals” – animations showing the increase of temperature over time.
The Climate Mobilization: The Climate Mobilization is a community and network of organizers, researchers, volunteers, and policymakers spanning the U.S. and extending internationally. They leverage organizing technologies and work on the ground with concerned individuals, communities, organizations, and governments to initiate a massive, economy- and society-wide Climate Mobilization to restore a safe climate.
The Climate Reality Project: Their mission is to catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every level of society.
Earth Guardians: Earth Guardians empowers young people by providing them with leadership opportunities and tools to bring their innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing issues. They are suing the federal government for failing to act on climate change. You can support them as an ally or join them in actions.
Extinction Rebellion: Extinction Rebellion has taken the world by storm in the last few months staging climate actions all over the UK, Europe, and the US. They have branches popping up all over which you can join, or you could make your own.
Green For All: The mission of Green For All is to make sure people of color and working families have a place and a voice in the climate movement. Green For All is a Dream Corps initiative, an organization that supports campaigns and initiatives that empower the most vulnerable people in society.
Sane Energy: A a New York-based organization working toward a sane energy future that includes shutting down fossil fuel infrastructure and building a just transition toward renewable energy. They hold regular fun events that people can participate in.
Scientists Warning: The stated mission of scientistswarning.com is the “protection and preservation of life on Earth.” They have a lot of great information on the site including information about how to take action: “All scientists, citizens, companies and organizations are invited to sign/endorse the articles’ recommendations, and help change civilization’s current trajectory.”
Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC): SETAC’s mission is to “support the development of principles and practices for protection, enhancement and management of sustainable environmental quality and ecosystem integrity.” You can either join as a paid member or get a free guest account and can learn more about environmental issues as well as take part in committees or interest groups.
Sunrise Movement: The Sunrise Movement is “ordinary young people who are scared about what the climate crisis means for the people and places we love” Their intention is to create a movement to stop climate change. They have all kinds of participation from direct, in-person actions to signing petitions.
United Nations Climate Action Messenger Bot: This is a tool developed by the United Nations to recommend everyday actions – like taking public transport and eating less meat – and track the number of actions everyone individually is taking.
We Don’t Have Time: On Earth Day, 22 April 2019, wedonthavetime.org is opening a new social network – a platform for trying to save the climate and make a difference. You can sign up now for an invitation on their site.