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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!

General Information

Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

Greenpeace International

  • Another 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.
    http://www.greenpeace.org/international/campaigns/climate-change

Green Facts

BBC's Open University - Information on Global Climate Change

  • Information on climate change and efforts to address it. Help climate scientists by participating in the global experiment that models future climate changes.
    http://www.open2.net/climatechange

Robert W. Corell's Climate Change Testimony


For Teachers

General:

ClimateChangeEducation

  • The 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.)
    http://www.climatechangeeducation.com/

US EPA Education Resources

  • EPA's 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.
    http://yosemite.epa.gov/oar/globalwarming.nsf/content/

US Global Change Research Program - Education Resources

  • The 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 change.
    http://www.usgcrp.gov/usgcrp/education/default.htm

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.
    http://risingsunenergy.org

Energy Action

  • The 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.
    http://www.nef1.org/ea/home.html

High school:

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.
  • The 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.
    http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/gss/

Global Warming Hot Spots Map

Middle school:

"Global Warming & the Greenhouse Effect" GEMS teacher guide

  • Students 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.
    http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/gems/GEM322.html

For People, Cities and Businesses

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)

Green Chamber of Commerce

  • It’s 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
    http://www.greenchamberofcommerce.net/

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.
    http://www.350.org/en

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 on Earth.
    http://www.nrpe.org/

Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL)

  • 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 creation.
    http://www.coejl.org/