Grappling with the realities of the climate crisis can be incredibly discouraging—especially when we feel powerless, paralyzed, or don't know where to start. In light of the potentially dark future on our horizon, here's a list of resources we've compiled for existing—and resisting—in the face of impending climate disruption.
In this guide, the New York Times breaks down the choices we all make everyday to help readers see how they can minimize their personal impact on the environment.
From the Natural Resources Defense Council, "a dozen easy, effective ways each one of us can make a difference."
In this 174 page report, last updated in 2018, Founders Pledge researcher John Halstead examines the most effective charities for climate philanthropists—where each dollar stretches furthest. The research ultimately recommends donating to the Coalition for Rainforest Nations and the Clean Air Task Force.
For NPR's Life Kit, education reporter Anya Kamentz shares tips on how to speak to children about climate change, drawing from personal experience.
Environmental writer Emma Marris offers a five-step plan to tackle climate stress and "become part of the solution." We were particularly compelled by her second point—to think about the climate crisis in terms of systems, not individuals.
In The Washington Post, Cornell economics professor argues that peer pressure through "conscious consumption" can help stop climate change.
Some people might not realize the level of influence they can have over their local utilities. This podcast by The Next System Project explores that.
New York Times reporter Cara Buckley documents her search for a "prescription for handling climate grief."
"If you care about the planet, and about the people and animals who live on it, there are two ways to think about this," argues Jonathan Franzen in the New Yorker. "You can keep on hoping that catastrophe is preventable, and feel ever more frustrated or enraged by the world's inaction. Or you can accept that disaster is coming, and begin to rethink what it means to have hope."
For a year, Emily Raboteau documented her conversations on climate change: "I would break climate silence as a woman of color, as a mother raising black children in a global city, as a professor at a public university, and as a travel writer — in all of those places, as all of those people."
This American Psychological Association study from 2017 investigates "the mental health effects on individuals, both short and long term" of climate change. The research finds that "gradual impacts of climate change, like changes in weather patterns and rising sea levels, will cause some of the most resounding chronic psychological consequences."