Day 28: Take your action to work day



Today’s action: Multiplying your impact by working within your institution


Today’s action is to think about whether there is something you’ve done this month that you could bring to your workplace (or school, community group, religious community, or other network that you’re affiliated with).


Take a few minutes to brainstorm and make a plan. Your plan can be as low-key as raising an idea in a relevant meeting or requesting a sustainability committee. If you’re feeling inspired to start a bigger campaign, we can help! Check out our resources in the “looking for more” section below.


If you want some brainstorming prompts, here are some ideas based on this month’s actions:


Related to the office/physical building

Related to commuting and work travel

  • Could your employer support policies that encourage less or smarter driving?

  • If your work involves frequent travel or conferences, can you make the case for flying less and swapping in more telepresence?


Related to work focus

This list isn’t exhaustive, but here are additional ideas linked to our daily actions. Since these ideas are more central to your employer’s core business, you might want to float one with other co-workers first, and then find a way to raise the idea more strategically. We know that any request to your employer can be intimidating, but there is strength in numbers! You can also check out Project Drawdown’s guidance on raising climate solutions at work.


If you work for a …

Related to the institution’s retirement plans, investments, and influence


You can do this, even if you don’t have “sustainability” in your job title! As Project Drawdown says, “Every job can be a climate job.” Yes!


Why this action? Remember when a politician said “Corporations are people, my friend,” and we all did a doubletake? They’re obviously not people (well, except maybe that Subway corpo-humanoid in the show Community), but it IS true that companies, academic institutions, schools, government agencies, and organizations are staffed and run by people. And even more than that, they depend on people, such as clients, students, and customers. That gives us a fantastic opportunity to multiply our impact by pushing for climate actions on a wider scale, within the networks and institutions we’re already linked to.


Looking for more? Read on for more info and actions related to pushing for climate solutions at work and in schools. (And if you happen to be looking for a new job, we’ve got some resources for finding climate jobs!)


Learn and reflect:

  • Project Drawdown’s Climate Solutions at Work is a “how-to guide for employees looking to make every job a climate job.” Get your free copy for creative ways to push your company to be a climate leader, regardless of your specific role in the organization.

  • Check out the “Take Employee Action” Guide for more specific guidance on bringing climate solutions to work, including how to be a voice for the climate and how to team up with other employees for climate action.

  • Flip through this slidedeck on climate leadership for employees, with specific suggestions on what people in various roles within a company can do. Work in Human Resources? IT? Facility management? They’ve got you covered!

  • Want to bring climate solutions to a school (anywhere from early education to high school)? Check out the Eco-Schools program, which offers a Seven Step Framework for student-led positive change. (If you’d rather learn about the seven steps from an animated anteater, here’s the video for you!)

  • If you’re a high school student or know one who might be interested, the Color Your School Green Toolkit was “designed by students, for students to help high school environmental clubs have a greater impact on their school, district, and community.”


Act:

  • Is there already a “green team” at your workplace or institution? If you’re feeling inspired, maybe you’d like to join it! If there’s not, but you’d like one, then check out this guidance on “How to develop a Green Team in your company” – and go get ‘em!

  • You don’t have to quit your day job!! But if you are looking for a new climate-focused job, then Climatebase is a good first stop, with job listings from climate tech companies and environmental non-profits. You can also check out Work on Climate, an online community that helps people find a way to, well, work on climate.


(Hat tip to Anne-Marie Bonneau for some of the specific work-related resources in this “looking for more” section.)


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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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