In the Toolkit --

Introduction

I. Choosing a Role for Your League
Your League can play an important role in educating your community about global climate change and the need for strong action to reduce GHG emissions.

II. Grassroots Action Priorities
Learn about key issues where state and local League action can make a real difference right now. Priorities: Climate Change. Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Renewable Energy. Adapting to Climate Change.

III. Basics of Climate Change
Get up to speed on the basics of climate change with the clearly written and accessible resources in this section.

IV. Engaging Individuals
The decisions that people make every day have an impact on climate change. Help individuals and groups from school-age kids to congregations and business communities learn about actions they can take to reduce their carbon footprint.

V. Promoting Public Policy
Explore ideas and resources for working with your community to reduce its collective carbon footprint. Find examples of League climate action and learn about international efforts to address climate change.

VI. Resources
Explore this comprehensive set of resources for in-depth information about key climate-related topics, including climate science, energy, economics, ethics, health, and national security.

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