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Eric Holthaus @EricHolthaus
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If you're looking for a New Years resolution and are worried (read: share my unending unquenchable existential fear) about our planetary crisis, here is what science says are the most effective individual actions you can take.

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grist.org/briefly/ground…
1) Talk about it. It may seem counter-intuitive with the world literally falling apart all around us, but talking about climate change is the quickest and most effective way to ensure radical change actually happens.

Here's @KHayhoe with more: ted.com/talks/katharin…
1) (cont.) The reason talking is so effective is simple: The average American only has 1-2 conversations about climate change each YEAR. If you can double that for someone, and they can double it for someone else, we can quickly build political momentum for radical action.
2) Besides talking about it, the most important thing we can do, per @ProjectDrawdown, is support reproductive justice and women's/girls health and education.

wired.com/story/heres-a-…
2) (cont.) For those of us living in wealthier high-consuming countries, that might look like planning smaller families -- but deciding to have fewer kids for climate reasons, beyond avoiding suffering, spreads that decision out over decades.

We need to cut emissions now, fast.
3) The best way to cut emissions quickly, if you're a frequent flier, is to fly less. For many people (like me) it was half my personal emissions.

A single avoided roundtrip cross-country flight avoids the equiv of giving up driving completely for ~8mo.
slate.com/technology/201…
4) For most people (that fly less than 2-3 times per year), driving is their main source of emissions. Selling your car and living a mostly car-free lifestyle -- public transit + biking + walking + carshare -- is possible in many cities. @eefandrews did it grist.org/ask-umbra-vide…
4) (cont) For people who live in rural areas or cities w/o great transit, switching to a hybrid or electric car can cut your vehicle emissions in half -- but those cars are often much more expensive, which is why your goal should be to ditch the car completely if possible.
5) The next biggest step you can take is buying renewable energy for your home. You can do that a lot of ways; most utilities now have an option where you can select 100% wind power (the cheapest source of new electricity in the United States) for just a few dollars per month.
5) (cont) Buying green energy through your utility is usually much much cheaper than buying solar panels for your house. Supporting community solar might be another very good option, which also often helps give green energy access to lower-income households.
6) The other major high-impact action you can take is switching to a vegetarian or vegan diet. This has the added justice benefit of helping reduce the huge impact of industrial farming and helps restore the land for subsistence and traditional meat-eating.
7) Some relatively *very* low impact actions, in comparison to these main ones: Switching light bulbs, hang drying clothes, shorter showers, turning your thermostat down, recycling. These actions are overrated -- and equate a green lifestyle to suffering. THATS NOT TRUE
8) There's a main theme here:

Effective climate action is intersectional -- it acts courageously to help bring about a world focused on justice and equality and joy.
Effective individual action on climate change brings about radical societal change AT THE SAME TIME.

That's the whole point.

That's what this is all about.

Happy 2019. Now -- let's go change the damn world. ❤️🌍🌹
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