Links to Information and Citizen Actions
In our research on organizations that offer ideas and support for activities that will reduce our contribution to global warming, we were pleased to see that much is already being done. You may not find everything you are looking for here, but these links will take you to websites that will give you easy to read materials on global warming, offer do-able recommendations for minimizing our personal and institutional production of global warming gases, and suggest how your family and community can take action to reverse the global warming trend. And remember - while we face a problem of global proportions, every positive action, done at every level of society, has an impact that will eventually turn the tide!
Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)
UCS site provides comprehensive information on global warming and
climate change. It's a good place to start if you are new to the issue
and is also a great source of information for those who are looking for
thoroughly researched information on climate change and its impacts.
Frequently asked questions about global warming:
- The mainstream scientific consensus on global warming is becoming clearer
every day: changes in the climate are real and they are having an
impact. Now. USC Climate Blog:
- Climate Change in California
great source of information on climate change, recommendations for
reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, and opportunities for getting
involved. The Greenpeace site provides comprehensive information on
global warming and climate change. It's also a great source for breaking
news on climate and energy issues.
information on studies concerning health and environmental matters in a
language that is clear and accessible to the non-scientist.
BBC's Open University - Information on Global Climate Change
on climate change and efforts to address it. Help climate scientists by
participating in the global experiment that models future climate
Robert W. Corell's Climate Change Testimony
- Read Dr. Robert W. Corell's powerful testimony made to a US Senate subcommittee on April 26, 2006:
Projected and Past Effects of Climate Change: A Focus on Marine and Terrestrial (pdf)
purpose of this site is to provide links to educational resources on
Climate Change and Global Warming. (ClimateChangeEducation is an all
volunteer organization so don't despair if you occasionally notice a
broken link - they are updated on a regular basis.)
US EPA Education Resources
Global Warming Site contains a wealth of materials that educators and
outreach professionals can use in presentations and classroom activities
on climate change science, potential impacts, and mitigation options.
US Global Change Research Program - Education Resources
U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) supports research on the
interactions of natural and human-induced changes in the global
environment and their implications for society. This site provides an
incredible array of educational resources on earth sciences and climate
Solar Schoolhouse Workshops (San Francisco Bay Area)
- Solar Schoolhouse Workshops (San Francisco Bay Area)
Rising Sun Energy Center
- Promotes energy awareness, renewable energy and resource conservation through educational and community service programs.
ENERGY ACTION website is an on-line resource dedicated to energy
conservation, environmental stewardship and the promotion of positive
action through better energy education. For educators and K12 students.
Global Systems Science
- A high school curriculum composed of 9 student books and teacher guides that emphasize how scientists from a wide variety of fields work together to understand significant problems of global impact.
GSS Climate Change book addresses the controversial question of how
human activities may be changing Earth's climate. Students learn how to
measure carbon dioxide in the Earth's and identifies scientific
questions which still remain unanswered, involving students in thinking
about the economic, political, and ethical implications of regulating
human activities to reduce the likelihood of global climate change.
Global Warming Hot Spots Map
- An interactive map that illustrates the local consequences of global warming.
- Curriculum Guide is located at: http://www.climatehotmap.org/curriculum/
"Global Warming & the Greenhouse Effect" GEMS teacher guide
do hands-on science activities and experiments, a simulation game,
analysis of articles, a story about an island threatened by rising sea
levels, and a world conference on global warming. This GEMS guide aims
to present the scientific theories and evidence behind the phenomenon of
global warming, and to help students see environmental problems from
different points of view.
For People, Cities and Businesses
Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)
- Profitable market-based measures that everyone can use to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Green Chamber of Commerce
time for progressive businesses large and small to join together and
announce in no uncertain terms that we represent the NEW voice of
commerce, one that can envision the future – a future where businesses
work to protect our planet, not corrupt it
350.org - what is 350?
350 means safety from the climate crisis.
To preserve our planet, scientists tell us we must reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere from its current level of 392 parts per million ("ppm") to below 350 ppm. But 350 is more than a number - it's a symbol of where we need to head as a planet.
Three years ago, after leading climatologists observed rapid ice melt in the Arctic and other frightening signs of climate change, they issued a series of studies showing that the planet faced both human and natural disaster if atmospheric concentrations of CO2 remained above 350 parts per million. Everyone from Al Gore to the U.N.'s top climate scientist has now embraced this goal as necessary for stabilizing the planet and preventing complete disaster.
At 350.org, we're building a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis and push for policies that will put the world on track to get to 350 ppm.
For Faith-Based Organizations
National Religious Partnership for the Environment
- The National Religious Partnership for the Environment is an association of independent faith groups across a broad spectrum: the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the National Council of Churches U.S.A., the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life, and the Evangelical Environmental Network.
- Each partner - in common biblical faith
but drawing upon its distinctive traditions - is undertaking scholarship,
leadership training, congregational and agency initiative, and public
policy education in service to environmental sustainability and justice.
Together, they seek to offer resources of religious life and moral vision
to a universal effort to protect humankind's common home and well-being
Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL)
seeks to expand the contemporary understanding of such Jewish values as
tikkun olam (repairing the world) and tzedek (justice) to include the
protection of both people and other species from environmental
degradation. COEJL seeks to extend such traditions as social action and
g’milut hasadim (performing deeds of loving kindness) to environmental
action and advocacy. And shalom (peace or wholeness), which is at the
very core of Jewish aspirations, is in its full sense harmony in all