By Conor Flynn
April 8, 2020
SDG #13 – Climate Action
UN Sustainable Development Goal #13 consists of “taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.” Driven by increasing greenhouse gas emissions, climate change presents a massive threat to the sustainability of life on our planet.
Fortunately, many organizations are taking innovative action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change. This post highlights eight organizations at the forefront of climate action.
Organizations Innovating for Climate Action
Comprised of youth leaders and adult mentors, this “movement family” adamantly believes “that #thisisZeroHour to act on climate change.” Their current initiative, Getting to the Roots of Climate Change, is a grassroots movement to educate communities throughout the United States about key systems of oppression, which Zero Hour has identified as the root causes of climate change. Visit their website to join the movement as an ambassador, mentor, or partner organization.
An initiative run by American young people, “Sunrise is a movement to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process.” The movement adheres to guiding principles that emphasize inclusivity, innovation, and empowerment. Their primary focus areas are reducing American dependency on fossil fuels and facilitating economic growth by promoting legislation, such as the Green New Deal. Learn how to get involved here.
“Extinction Rebellion is an international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and minimise the risk of social collapse.” Organizing “above the ground” civil disobedience, XR uses economic disruption and civil disruption to respectively impact political systems and large-scale raise awareness. You can get involved with XR initiatives by following the concrete steps explained here.
“Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy empowers individuals and their communities to engage in solutions to climate change.” The organization relies on education, collaboration, and partnership strategies to design climate solutions at the community level. One of their most innovative initiatives, Climate Stories helps people understand how climate change is relevant to their lives. Climate Generation provides excellent guidance on several action steps people can take, including teaching climate change.
Leveraging the power of digital activism and storytelling, “EndClimateSilence.org is a volunteer organization dedicated to helping the media link stories about climate-change impacts to climate change itself.” This organization offers wonderfully simple ways for people to engage in climate activism. You can get involved by following/retweeting @EndClimtSilence, sending them media stories, and starting conversations with friends about climate change.
This organization is on a mission “to help the world reach “Drawdown”— the point in the future when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline.” Working to advance business leadership in the area of climate solutions, Project Drawdown has an exceptional solution library that provides climate actions that different economic sectors can take. With sophisticated research and partnership opportunities, Project Drawdown is an ideal resource for business leaders.
Simplifying community-based climate action, Our Climate Voices uses storytelling to connect people with grassroots climate solutions. They use an anthology of stories to put the people most impacted by climate change at the center of climate dialogues. You can start by reading their moving profile on Maya Menezes, climate action and immigrant justice advocate.
Mobilizing over 1 billion individuals, Earth Day Network is on a mission “to build the world’s largest environmental movement to drive transformative change for people and planet.” With initiatives ranging from education to conservation, this organization drives meaningful action on a global scale. Learn how to get involved on Earth Day and beyond by exploring their numerous resources and recommendations for taking action against climate change.
Will You Take Action?
Now that you understand the organizations at the forefront of the climate movement, how will you get involved? The time to act is now, so reach out and join the climate movement today!