7 Steps to Take to Get Involved in Climate Action

Last Saturday, hundreds of young folks from around the world gathered inside the United Nations Headquarters in New York City to share their thoughts on the Climate Crisis. I was fortunate to join the UN Youth Climate Summit virtually as a UNA-USA Blogger Fellow. Following the event, I found myself reflecting, and came to 3 key conclusions:

  • Just because we do not see change right in front of us does not mean it is not happening. Young people around the world are consistently coming up with ideas to creatively address climate change.
  • Young people are being heard. Not just in New York City, but around the world. We must continue to learn to engage in a meaningful conversation with policymakers.
  • If change is going to happen, we must work together. We cannot assume that others are going to do the work for us.

In order to strive for change, it is important to acknowledge actionable steps.

With that in mind, here are 7 steps we can take to make a difference in our communities.

  • Buy fruits and veggies locally. By buying food locally, we help cut down on transportation distances and support small businesses in our community. We also get to eat food that is much fresher and tastier!
  • Shop sustainably. Something I have recently learned is the importance of researching the place you are buying clothes from – Are they eco-certified? Are they environmentally friendly?
  • Pick up trash. We can make a difference even when walking down the street! It is important to keep streets clean and pick up trash when we see it – even when it is not our own.
  • Printing? Use both sides! Students are constantly assigned lengthy coursework, and essays. Check your printer/computer settings and select printing on both sides. If possible, ask your teacher if you can email the assignments. These little steps keep from cutting down trees!
  • Plant seeds. Speaking of trees, deforestation has increased in recent years. ,  Planting trees supports reforestation efforts as well as biodiversity. Remember, all kinds of animals call trees their homes!
  • Address your representatives! Research where your local representatives stand on climate change topics and write a letter/e-mail asking them to address changes you hope to see.
  • Talk about it. Engage in conversation with family members, classmates and community members to start a dialogue about how to promote actionable change moving forward. Change starts with communication. Read my blog post on how to talk about climate change in your community.