What You Can Do - 4 Levels of Action

 

 

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

 

In this section of the website we provide a range of actions that can be taken that support the restoration of health for people and our planet. Will Grant has identified 4 levels of actions that can be taken as:

  1. Individual
  2. Friends and Family
  3. Community
  4. Policy and the Economy

One of the best overall lists of what an individual can do comes from the Elders Climate Action. We highly recommend using this link as a great starting point to help answer the question, "What can I do as an individual?" A really good starting point is to assess your current carbon footprint. Most of the analyzer tools  provide specifc individual actions based on their assessments. There are many carbon footprint analyzer tools. We list 3 here for your consideration:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The Nature Conservancy

World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

People ask us at Synectics what we are doing to help reduce our climate footprint. Here are examples of what we are doing listed under Will Grant's template:

Individual

Some examples of what we have done at Synectics are:

  • Switched out all light bulbs to LED
  • Composting all kitchen scraps
  • Switched to largely vegetarian diet
  • Reduced food waste - extra diligent to use everything that we prepare
  • Taking our own containers for take out food
  • Turned down winter time themometer by one degree and turned up themostat by one degree in summer
  • Electric car
  • Upgrading solar system to assure 100% production based on our usage
  • Using alternative products to single use plastics whenever possilbe - i.e. dryer wool balls, beeswax replacement for Saran Wrap

Family and Friends

  • We started a family Zoom Group where we are educating each other about global warming and looking for steps each of us can take to reduce our carbon footprints. We are journaling our experience as a family so that we can share it with other people.
  • As a family (6 family units), we are getting ready to challenge ourselves to collectively reduce our carbon footprints by 25%
  • Some of our family have initiated Zoom Groups with their friends, using the David Attenborough documentary as the catalyst for conversation.

Community

With our client base of organizations and regenerative leaders, we have taken the following actions:

  • Redesigned our monthly newsletter to provide information, tools, and motivation to all our clients to support them in their journey toward regenerative leadership. We are using our newsletter to invite people to engage in conversations with us about taking action on global warming. This is our main organizational strategy for reaching out to others.
  • Provide periodic leadership blogs on regenerative leadership
  • Participate in a Zoom Group sponsored by Tim Dalmau and Ernesto Sirolli made up of leaders from around the world. This group has committed to reach out to their 20,000 - 30,000 social media contacts.
  • Taken very initial steps to convene a Zoom Group of educational leaders across California to identify systems changes to reduce carbon footprint in school systems. 

Policy and The Economy

We have joined the following very effective organizations focused on policy and collective action:

Citizen’s Climate Lobby

Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change.

Our consistently respectful, nonpartisan approach to climate education is designed to create a broad, sustainable foundation for climate action across all geographic regions and political inclinations. By building upon shared values rather than partisan divides, and empowering our supporters to work in keeping with the concerns of their local communities, we work towards the adoption of fair, effective, and sustainable climate change solutions.

In order to generate the political will necessary for passage of the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act we train and support volunteers to build relationships with elected officials, the media and their local community.

Elders Climate Action

Elders Climate Action is committed to a non-partisan effort to end the climate crisis and build a just and sustainable future for our children, our grandchildren, and all children. "Some of us are new to climate activism and some have been working for years, but each of us has faced a personal reckoning and decided that there is no better use of our wisdom and strength, our time and resources, and our anger and good will, than to join in this struggle.  We believe that collective action is the most effective way to force policy changes on the scale and timetable that will be necessary to protect all of us. And we mean all of us, in all our colors, genders, abilities, origins and political persuasions, poor and rich, young and old and, most importantly, our most vulnerable." 

The following link is a great resource for answering the question, “What can I do about climate change?”

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