In the Toolkit --

Introduction

  • Guide to the Toolkit
  • Leagues in Action
  • I. Choosing a Role for Your League

    II. Grassroots Action Priorities

  • Climate Action
  • Price on Carbon
  • Our Children's Trust
  • Energy Efficient Buildings
  • Renewable Energy
  • Adapting to Climate Change
  • III. Basics of Climate Change

    IV. Engaging Individuals

  • Communicating About Climate Change
  • Preparing for a Meeting on Climate Change
  • Engaging Groups in Your Community
  • V. Promoting Public Policy

  • Community Action Models
  • Organizing For Community Action
  • Tips for Building Grassroots Support
  • League Action on Climate Change
  • International Action
  • VI. Resources

    IV. ENGAGING INDIVIDUALS

    Tips for saving energy and reducing one's carbon footprint appear regularly in all sorts of publications, but for most of us, this is not enough. To get serious about making changes, we need direct encouragement, a chance to ask questions, an opportunity to share energy-saving ideas with friends and neighbors, an experience that will inspire us to take action and help us feel connected to a larger effort.

    There are multiple positive results when we improve our climate literacy and take steps to decrease our own climate-disrupting actions. Not only do we reduce our personal carbon footprint, but we also become more motivated and empowered to press for action at the local, state, and national levels. It will require a full array of actions -- individuals changing both light bulbs and public policy -- if we are to safeguard the future of our planet.

    Communicating About Climate Change

    Different audiences, even individuals within the same audience, will have different perspectives on climate change and will be more receptive to certain ways of framing the issue than to others. Moreover, communicating effectively about global climate change -- a complex, easily overwhelming topic -- presents special challenges. A number of recent studies, however, provide useful insights and strategies that can help us communicate about climate change in ways that will resonate with our audiences.

    Preparing for A Meeting on Climate Change

    Steps in planning a successful meeting on climate change include setting a goal, deciding how you will measure your results, understanding your audience, choosing the right format for your group, gathering information relevant to your community, and preparing messages that will empower your audience to become a part of the climate change solution.

    Engaging Groups in Your Community