Why Does This Matter?

I personally believe that the climate crisis is the single most important issue our world faces right now (and will for a while); but I understand that you may not feel the same.

Maybe you haven’t really looked into it. Maybe you have heard that it’s not as bad as “the alarmists” say. Maybe you look around and personally don’t see anything to be concerned about. Maybe you just have other, more pressing matters to worry about. Whatever your reasons for not seeing this as that important, I would love to invite you to think about this from another angle.

This is why I’m choosing to use the broader term sustainable development rather than climate change. It speaks to the interconnected nature of these problems. Poverty, health, education, human rights, economics, you name it - it’s all connected. It’s also a more solutions-oriented term. Yes, the problem of climate is at the heart of it; but this speaks to an opportunity of what can come.

As Varshini Prakash says, “if you want to solve everything, solve climate.”

You’re New To This

Great! It’s never too late to learn something important. What I want to do is point you in the direction of some good foundational resources to help you wrap your head around this topic.

We are resolved to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal and secure our planet. We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path.

-- From the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

You’re Ready To Go Deeper

Okay, you’ve got the basics down and want to learn more. Here’s a few books I’ve found helpful.

Personal responsibility is not about what you consume, because those choices are so baked into wealth and access and broader systems…

[It’s] not about focusing on swapping out your light bulbs. Yes, do that; but how are you using your talents? It is great to compost and set your thermostat low when you’re not home, but if your day job is helping fossil fuel companies find more oil, you are still helping bring humanity to a dangerous place.

-- [Kendra Pierre-Louis]()

What Can You Actually Do?

This is the big question isn’t it? As the above mentioned book, Green Washed suggests, this is a bigger issue than just buying “green” products. This is something that requires a whole rethink of our consumption and production.

Have any good ideas or resources? Let me know!