Welcome, friends! Curious what 31DoCA is all about? Read on!
Hey friends! We wanted to explain what you’ll be seeing here during our 31 days. Don't worry, there won't be a quiz, but if you're curious about our background and inspiration, read on!
A future in which the climate is stabilized and beginning to heal, and where what we love can thrive.
The good news is that most of the solutions we need already exist, and science shows us the way towards that future.
The approach essentially boils down to this:
o The world needs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as rapidly as it can, to as close to zero as we can. That means we need to drop our use of fossil fuels (coal, oil, and gas) as quickly as possible. A lot of people in power don’t want to do it, but the science is very clear on this. We must also reduce emissions from other sources, such as deforestation and agriculture.
o As the world moves away from those emissions, we’ll be moving towards some incredible solutions. Solutions such as renewable energy (like solar and wind), regenerative agriculture (where food production actually improves ecological systems), and reforestation (so ecosystems can thrive again).
o At the same time, we need to support adaptation (because, let's face it, there’s no going back from some of the damage we've done) and climate justice.
31 Days of Climate Action is a time to explore how we can support these solutions. Together, we’ll try out a mix of actions: writing, calling, supporting, supporting, and learning. We’ll push our politicians and corporations, and we'll also try out some new habits for ourselves. Some actions will likely speak to you more than others; if one really isn’t working for you, skip it and come back the next day!
Think of it this way: solving the climate crisis is like trying to solve a giant puzzle with a billion pieces. You obviously can’t solve all of it, and we're not asking you to. And clearly some people and companies have waaay more responsibility for solving a bigger portion of it. But the more people working to solve their little bit (both by putting together the pieces within their reach and by asking for unfair game rules to be rectified), and the more friends they bring along to join them, the faster the puzzle will be solved.
We write this now as Americans with a fair amount of privilege and we've geared these actions towards people in similar positions. This means, first, that privilege is embedded in a lot of the suggested actions, and second, that if you live in a country other than the US, you’ll need to adapt some of the days to fit within your context. We’re all doing what we can, from the place each of us happens to be.
We can't say it enough: we’re so glad you’re here with us!