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.

PREPARING FOR A MEETING ON CLIMATE CHANGE

Whether your audience will be members of your League or those of another organization in your community, here are some suggestions to help make your meeting a success.

Determine your goal. What is the purpose of your meeting?

Decide how you will measure your results. What outcome(s) are you seeking?

Understand your audience. What is the attitude of your audience to climate change?

Choose a program and format suited to the group. Here are some suggestions and resources for developing the content of your meeting.

Bring the message home. Include information about the specific climate impacts that are projected for your area. Here are two good sources of regional information --

Provide opportunities for discussion. Whatever type of program you choose, try to build in time for group interaction and discussion. Depending on your audience and the format of your meeting, you might ask people to share their "best practices." What steps have they taken to become more energy efficient? Celebrate all successes and avoid creating guilt.

Ask audience members whether they have a question about any particular aspect of climate change? Do their questions suggest that there are misconceptions that need to be addressed?

Offer solutions. Give audience members suggestions of specific things that they can do to address climate change -- steps that they can take to reduce their carbon footprint, prepare for the climate impacts projected for your community, and/or make their voices heard on proposed climate policies. Empower them to become part of the solutions process.

Prepare 'solutions' handouts for audience members to take home. Good resources include:

Last updated: 11/2/2013