Day 1: Envision

Welcome! Before we get started: if you'd like to learn more about the vision and methods behind 31DoCA, check out our Welcome Post. Otherwise, let's jump in!




Today's Action: Envision the future we're building towards


Today's action is simple: take 3-5 minutes to envision the future you want for the things you love.

1. Start by thinking about what you love and what you are grateful for. (Your family, kids, or grandkids? A favorite winter sport or snorkeling spot? Good wine and coffee? Favorite childhood memories of being outside in nature?)


2. Now think about what a good future on a healing planet looks like for that which you love. Connect this to why you're taking climate action and then write it down. You can make a note in your phone, type it up on your computer, or even just write it on a piece of scrap paper.


For example:

“I’m taking climate action so that my family will thrive in the future." Or "I'm taking steps to address climate change now, so that my grandchildren and all children can have access to clean air, fresh drinking water, and the beauty of nature." Or "I'm taking climate action because I want to enjoy long, powder-filled ski seasons!"


3. Finally, put your note somewhere where you’ll see it or save it on your device, so you can turn to it for inspiration throughout the month.


That's it! Told you it'd be easy!

Why this action? It can be hard to prioritize climate action. We get it; the climate crisis is overwhelming (and sometimes we can barely find time for the basics). But this action--envisioning the future we want--gives us something to build towards. Tying this to what we love reminds us of the urgency of acting now, and provides motivation to continue when the going gets tough.

Did you write it down? Congrats! You just completed Day 1! Can't wait to see you tomorrow for more!



Looking for more? We've got your back! Read on for more info and further actions.


Learn and reflect:

  • For more climate info, check out the resources page for recommendations on books, podcasts, and more.

  • Still doubting the power of your efforts as one individual? First, you’re not alone! You’re now part of our team! But also, here’s an article that lays out the need for as many people as possible to take climate action, and here’s one that explains the importance of individuals taking climate action and shifting their everyday behaviors. You matter.

  • Feeling bummed about climate change and the state of the world? We hear you (really, we do), but it’s not all bad! Get your dose of uplifting environmental news from the Good News Network, follow the Smithsonian’s Earth Optimism, or read the Solutions Story Trackers’ stories focused on climate change solutions. We find that a little good news goes a long way in keeping us motivated!

  • And if you’re looking for a laugh (who isn’t these days?!), check out the Comedy Wildlife Photography Award Winners.

Act:

  • Want a longer brainstorming session and a more formal goal document? Use this template as inspiration to reflect further on the many reasons why you care about climate action, and then draw up a contract with yourself for further motivation.

  • Take a picture of yourself with your “I’m taking climate action so that …” statement, and share it with friends or on social media. Invite them to join you in 31 Days of Climate Action! Tag us. You're now part of our team, after all! (If you forgot, we're @31DaysofClimateAction on Instagram and @31DaysClimate on Twitter.)

  • Oh wow, you want an even more action-y action? We're impressed! Visit Inside The Movement and participate in a highlighted campaign. While you’re there, how ‘bout signing up for their updates (here)?

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This is for everyone, no matter where you are on the climate action journey. 

We suggest one simple and effective climate action each day for 31 days. Do as many of them as you can, but if one isn’t working for you, skip it! You can get a new one the next day. 

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