• Resources on Climate Solutions

    for Educators and Students

    Our Climate Reality Northern New Mexico Chapter's Schools Team is happy to share this resource - a compilation of videos and websites on Climate Solutions for educators and students.

     

    Under each topic,

    - The videos with an asterisk (*) are presentations made by our Chapter members or friends.

    - The rest are videos curated from Youtube or other websites.

     

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    Topics:

    - About

    - Introduction to Climate Crisis and Its Solutions

    - Telling Your Personal Climate Narrative

    - Reducing Food Waste / Sustainable Diet

    - Circular Economy / Zero Waste Living

    - Drought / Water Security

    - Healthy Planet, Healthy People

    - Transitioning to Clean Renewable Energy

    - Creating Sustainable Cities / Zero Emissions Buildings

    - Zero Emissions Transport / Zero Emissions Industries

    - Afforestation, Regenerative Agriculture and Life on Earth

    - Militarization and the Environment

    - Environmental Justice and Climate Refugees

    - Stopping Plastic Pollution

    - Calling All Innovators

    - Advocating Policy Makers and Influencers

    - Collective Climate Actions by/for Youth

    - Climate Programs for Youth

    - Climate Lesson Plans for Educators

    *Introducing the Climate Reality Northern New Mexico

    Schools Team - by Nicholas Seet

    A 4 minutes video presentation introducing our Schools Team, which aims to increase awareness of climate solutions and empower students and youth towards climate actions.

    Nicholas Seet is a Climate Reality Leader and a member of our Climate Reality NNM's Schools Team. He is an entrepreneur and using his skills to work on solutions to benefit our planet. Nicholas has compiled this 4 minute video to give you an introduction to some of our Schools Team members and a glimpse of some of their presentations and involvement with students. Feel free to reach out to us at climaterealitynnm@gmail.com for more dialogue on how we can be involved.

    *24 Hours of Reality, Taos 2019 - by Jean Stevens

    A 13 minutes video presentation that communicates the climate disruption at hand and the changes and solutions needed through visual art.

    Jean Stevens is a Climate Reality Leader and a member of our Climate Reality NNM Schools Team. She is the Director of the Taos Environmental Film Festival and has extensive skills in teaching, creating short films, artwork, songs, photography and screenplays. She is a retired teacher. She created this video for the 24 Hours of Reality in 2019.

  • Introducing the Climate Crisis and Its Solutions

    Why be a victim? Why not be a part of the solutions of Climate Change?

    "When the future generations ask us what we did in face of the climate crisis, if the answer is "We did what we can", that's not good enough. The answer has to be, "We did what was necessary." - Christiana Figueres

    *Truth in 10 - by Former US Vice President Al Gore

    A 10 minutes video presentation, (start at 2min15sec)

    Founder and Chairman of The Climate Reality Project, Former US Vice President Al Gore gives this Truth in 10 presentation - a brief introduction to the Climate Crisis and its Solutions. This is a mini version of his 2006 movie - An Inconvenient Truth and the 2017 sequel An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

    *Being a Part of the Climate Solutions by Peter Heald

    A 15 minutes video presentation

    Peter Heald, Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Climate Reality Northern New Mexico Chapter, shares tips on how we can be part of the Climate Solutions both individually and collectively

    Climate Solutions 101

    - by Project Drawdown

    A 6 units video course -

     

    Drawdown.org is the leading resource for information and insight about climate solutions.

    6 Units

    Unit 1 - Setting the Stage (13 minutes)

    Unit 2- Stopping Climate Change (16 minutes)

    Unit 3- Reducing Sources (24 minutes)

    Unit 4 - Supporting Sinks and Improving Society (14 minutes)

    Unit 5 - Putting it All Together (9 minutes)

    Unit 6 - Making it Happen (14 minutes)

    How to Save our Planet

    - by David Attenborough

    A 8:27 minutes video

    Sir David Attenborough is without doubt the premier nature and wilderness authority and icon of our age. Here, he makes the case of the Anthropocene - how humans are in imbalance with nature, and how we can regain this balance, for the survival of all species

    Before the Flood trailer- featuring Leonardo DiCaprio

    A 2 minutes trailer. Feature movie is available on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.

    "Before the Flood, presented by National Geographic, features Leonardo DiCaprio, UN Messenger of Peace, on a journey across continents to witness climate change first hand, searching for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news. This documentary shows how interconnected the fate of all humanity is — but also the power we all possess as individuals to build a better future for our planet." - Before the Flood website.

    Trailer - A Life on Our Planet - by David Attenborough

    A 2 minute trailer for the feature film available on Netflix

    In this feature film, Sir David Attenborough, celebrated naturalist, makes his impassioned vision statement and his hope for the future.

    Global Weirding with Dr Katharine Hayhoe

    A Youtube Channel with a series of short videos on climate issues

    Katharine Hayhoe, climate scientist and communicator, features a series of videos about climate change and solutions.

     

    This message - 3 Seconds - will make you want to save the world

    A 4 min 23 sec video

    A National Geographic Short Film Showcase - featuring spoken word artist Prince Ea. This short video "makes a powerful case for protecting the planet and challenges the human race to create a sustainable future. Winner of the Film4Climate competition."

    A series of Podcasts

     

    "From former UN Chief Christiana Figueres and the team who brought you the Paris Agreement, this podcast about issues and politics will inform you, inspire you and help you realize that this is the most exciting time in history to be alive." - Outrage and Optimism

    A Series of Podcasts

     

    Hosted by Peter Heald and Sandra West, Co-Chairs of Climate Reality Northern New Mexico, "Resilient New Mexico is a podcast dedicated to sharing our climate-related stories, highlighting our commonalities, and exploring our capabilities for building a sustainable and socially just future." - Resilient New Mexico

    Climate Adam - Fun and accessible Climate information

    A Youtube channel with a series of short videos

    Hosted by Dr Adam Levy, aka Climate Adam, who is a "Doctor in climate science from Oxford. Trying to make sense of climate change with fun YouTube vids. I discuss climate change through my accessible, award-winning YouTube channel, ClimateAdam, and produce scientific podcasts and videos for a number of platforms." - Climate Adam

    *Expanding Your Climate Friendly Scope of Influence - by Karan Northfield

    A 20 minutes video presentation

    Karan Northfield is a Climate Reality Leader and member of the Climate Reality Northern New Mexico Chapter. She is a therapist and mother of 4. Here she shares how we can expand our influence in pro-climate behavior changes.

    Films and Conference 2021- Themes: Environment and Peace

    Jean Stevens is the Director of Taos Environmental Film Festival and member of Climate Reality Northern New Mexico. In 2021, She showcased environmental films and a conference with 25+ panelists speaking on topics regarding the environment and peace. All these are accessible on the TEFF website.

    A media based website on climate solutions

    This website features numerous videos on pertinent insights, solutions and actions to combat climate change. "The Years Project aims to compel measurable and effective action on climate change through trusted storytelling across all media." - The Years Project.

    A 7 episode animated series hosted by TEDEd

    Following on Bill Gates' book of the same title, here is "A 7-episode series introducing some of the biggest obstacles to avoiding a climate disaster--and how to overcome them. To avoid the worst effects of a warming world - which will be catastrophic - humans need to stop adding greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. This video series is a plan to meet those goals - one that grasps the problem and cuts through the complexity to explain the science in a clear way. Avoiding a climate disaster won’t be easy, but it’s possible. Let’s get started." TED Ed

    A 2:40 minutes video introducing the IPCC and it's 6th Assessment Report

    "In August 2021, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its first of three parts IPCC Sixth Assessment Report - Physical Science Basis by the Working Group I. The report is produced by 234 scientists from over 60 countries, and addresses the most up-to-date physical understanding of the climate system and climate change. It brings together the latest advances in climate science, combining multiple lines of evidence from paleoclimate, observations, process understanding, and global and regional climate simulations." - IPCC.ch

    Together, the scientists issue a CODE RED alarm to the world, urging rapid reduction of Green House Gas emissions and reduction of CO2 to net zero by 2050.

    For a good summary on this report, view this: Just Have a Think's summary.

    A webpage tracking the evolution of climate science, US and international policies

    "A Climate Chronology, developed by University of Maine's Sharon S. Tisher, is a 230 page searchable color-coded record of events in climate science, U.S. policy, and international policy, starting in 1824. It is updated every January. With references and web links to documents, news, and commentary, it is intended as a springboard for research, contemplation, and action." There is also a pilot version of a selective illustrated timeline of the most pivotal events in the full chronology.  - University of Maine A Climate Chronology

  • Telling your Personal Climate Narrative

    It all starts with telling our own climate story.

    Owning our climate story helps us to personalize the climate disruption and motivates us to take action.

    Personal Climate Stories can Persuade - by Yale Climate Change Communication

    A Peer Reviewed Article​

    "Sharing the personal stories of people who have experienced the effects of climate change emphasizes that climate change impacts are here and now, and already harming people and local ecosystems. They also underscore the importance of emotion as well as facts in climate change communication." - Yale Climate Change Communication.

    Raising the voices of youth, especially those on the frontlines of climate crisis

    Acespace.org is imagining and building an alternative vision for a future that will work for everyone, not just a few. We believe that uplifting the voices of young people, especially those on the frontlines of the climate crisis, is critical for a more just, equitable, and resilient future. We use education and storytelling to confront misinformation, bring more young people into the climate movement, and provide platforms and support for young people to be the creators of the narrative that shapes their futures.

    A collection of 10 stories

    "Climate change is one of the most universal environmental and social justice issues of our time, and communities across the country are experiencing and meeting this challenge every single day. At the heart of each story in this collection is a community member with a deep commitment to protecting the people and places that they call home." Wilderness.org

    *My Personal Climate Narrative by Julia Ying

    A 6 minutes video presentation

    Julia Ying is Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Climate Reality Northern New Mexico Chapter. She tells her story of how climate change has impacted all the places she's lived in - from Hong Kong to Australia to the United States, and why this has spurred her on to be a climate activist.

    A project by Global Climate Strike

    "An ongoing hub of youth powered storytelling." by Global Climate Strike, a movement started by Greta Thunberg and spread around the world.

    "Being part of the massive protests in my country made me realize the magnitude of the relation between climate change and social issues. - Sofía Gutiérrez, age 18." - Global Climate Strike

    A project by EarthJustice

    "EarthJustice is the premier nonprofit public interest environmental law organization.

    We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health, to preserve magnificent places and wildlife, to advance clean energy, and to combat climate change.


    EarthJustice's project Lit, a climate justice storytelling project that connects the dots between climate change, systemic racism, and extreme inequality — while highlighting the women, men, youth, LGBTQ+, Black, Brown, and Indigenous people around the world who are tackling them."

    - EarthJustice

    A 3 minutes video by Australian Parents for Climate Action

    "Australian parents share heartbreaking experiences from the 2019-20 Black Summer, and demand government climate action to protect our children." - Australian Parents for Climate Action

  • Reducing Food Waste / Sustainable Diet

    How do we feed the world's population sustainably into the future?

    Reducing food waste is one of the most impactful effort we can make as an individual to help the environment.

    *Food Waste Reduction by Sue Barns

    A 30 minute video presentation

    Sue Barns, Zero Waste Los Alamos and Climate Reality Norther New Mexico member takes a close look at Food Waste in the US and in New Mexico, why this is important, and what we can do to reduce this.

    Foodspan - by Johns Hopkins Centre for Livable Future

    A 17 units curriculum for high school students

    "FoodSpan is a free, downloadable high school curriculum that highlights critical issues in the food system and empowers students to be food citizens. It is aligned to national education standards in science, social studies, health, and family and consumer sciences." - Foodspan

    Love Letter to Food - by Minute Earth

    A 3:22 minute video

    "This video by Minute Earth effectively and persuasively shows the Food Loss and Waste in the US: The science behind the supply chain, our reliance on food, and how we can stop the waste." - Minute Earth

    A 4:30 minute video

    "Avoiding high-emission foods can have a bigger climate impact than any other consumption change. This video explains why the production of some foods emit more than others, and which foods to avoid to be a more climate-conscious consumer." - Vox

    What is a Healthy and Sustainable Diet - the EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, Health

    A 27 minute presentation,

    "The EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, Health brought together 37 world-leading scientists from across the globe to answer this question:
    Can we feed a future population of 10 billion people a healthy diet within planetary boundaries?" - The EAT-Lancet Report

     

    "EAT is the science-based global platform for food system transformation. It is a global, non-profit startup dedicated to transforming our global food system through sound science, impatient disruption and novel partnerships." - Eatforum.org

     

     

    A list of elected references

    This list of references was collated by Sue Barns. She is a member of the Zero Waste Los Alamos, consultant for the Los Alamos Resiliency, Energy and Sustainability Task Force, volunteers at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, and a member of the Climate Reality NNM. .

    A 4 minutes video introducing the Food Matters Action Kit

    "Children and youth from all over North America are taking action to prevent food waste and help the environment. The Food Matters Action Kit contains over 70 activities to engage youth in preventing food waste. It’s loaded with informative resources and hands-on, creative activities to inspire youth from ages 5 to 25 to implement these activities at home, in school and in the community. These activities range from small initiatives at home, to more ambitious efforts involving the whole community. Join the youth movement! Register as an individual or as part of a club, organization, class, team, group of friends." - Food Matters Action Kit

    Be a Food Waste Warrior - by World Wildlife Fund

    K-12 lesson plans for educators

    "Be a Food Waste Warrior, by WWF, is a series of lesson plans for educators, for K-12 lessons, slideshows, activities, and resources to teach the planetary impact of what we eat, what we throw away, and what we can do to reduce that." - WWF

  • Circular Economy & Zero Waste Living

    Restore Circular Economy to restore balance with our Earth.

    Aim towards Zero Waste Living to tread gently on our Earth.

    Story of Stuff by Story of Stuff Project

    A 21 minute video

    This is the first of a series of animated videos from The Story of Stuff Project, featuring Annie Leonard, Executive Director of Greenpeace. "From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world." - Story of Stuff Project

    Explaining Circular Economy - by Ellen MacArthur Foundation

    A 4 minute video

    Explaining Circular Economy is an animated video explaining the Circular Economy, a system which works in Nature. It's also about how the Linear Economy is trashing the Earth, and how we can return to the way Nature intended.

     

    Zero Waste Home presentation at Google - by Bea Johnson from Zero Waste Home

    A 56 minutes video presentation

    In this presentation at Google, Bea Johnson of ZeroWasteHome.com explains what Zero Waste living is about, and how she has achieved that at her home, where she is bringing up sons to value experiences above material collections.

    A collection of articles from McKinsey

    McKinsey.com offers a collection of articles on Circular Economy. For the slide deck on this title, contact: sustainability@McKinsey.com

  • Drought and Water Security

    Water is essential for life. How do we build water security in face of escalating climate extremes?

    A 19 minute video

    "The global water crisis is at an inflection point. How do we price our most valuable resource, while also ensuring access to it as a human right?" - Netflix in partnership with Vox

     

    An Educational Resource website

    An educational resource website on Water Footprint, and how to save water.

    A 43 minute documentary video

    ​Southern California, an arid region especially vulnerable due to its reliance on imported water, has been a pioneer in the use of innovative water technologies. But as a shadow of drought hangs over the state, much more needs to be done to avert the region's looming water crisis.

    The Water Crisis - by National Geographic

    A 44 minutes video

    "Actor, Adrian Grenier, and National Geographic Explorer, Shannon Switzer Swanson, explore the growing problem of water scarcity in the US. Are we running out of water?" - The Water Crisis.

     

     

     

    *A Water Wise Future - by Sandra West

    An 8 minutes video

    Sandra West, co-chair of the Climate Reality Northern NM, shares some thoughts on building water resilience in the Southwest. Sandra is co-host of Resilient New Mexico, a podcast dedicated to sharing our climate related stories, highlighting our commonalities, and exploring how we can build a sustainable and socially just future. She has worked on sustainability from a variety of perspectives, including climate science, community building, environmental education, marketing, and ecosystems studies. Sandra is dedicated to illuminating and supporting our ability to create a more resilient future.

     

     

     

     

  • Healthy planet - healthy people

    Humans are part of nature. For humans to thrive, nature has to thrive.

    Advancing Human Health in the Age of Climate Change and Planetary Health - by Dr Renzo Guinto

    A 60 minute video presentation

    "This seminar was given by Dr Renzo Guinto, Chief Planetary Doctor of PH Lab - a think-and-do tank for generating global health solutions in the developing world. Dr Guinto is a Doctor of Public Health from Harvard University, and a Climate Reality Leader. He shares his insights and experiences for human health for his home country the Philippines and globally." - The George Institute for Global Health, UK.

     

    Healthy People, Healthy Planet

    - by Dr Katharine Hayhoe

    A 43 minutes video presentation

    Renowned Climate Scientist and Communicator Dr Katharine Hayhoe connects the dots between our health and the health of our planet, and explains how burning fossil fuels and climate change threatens them both.

     

    A webpage by CDC

    "Climate change, together with other natural and human-made health stressors, influences human health and disease in numerous ways. Some existing health threats will intensify and new health threats will emerge. Not everyone is equally at risk. Important considerations include age, economic resources, and location." - CDC.gov

     

    A webpage by WHO.International

    "Climate change affects many of the social and environmental determinants of health – clean air, safe drinking water, sufficient food and secure shelter" - WHO.International takes a look at these in this webpage.

     

    A webpage by WHO.Int

    "Climate change not only has direct impacts on human health, but also threatens the capacity of health systems to manage and protect population health. Health systems should therefore be increasingly strengthened so that they continue to be efficient and responsive to improve population health in an unstable and changing climate."

    - WHO.International

    Their Health and Climate Change Toolkit contains a collection of resources from health impacts to resilience building for various countries.

    A webpage by climate.gov

    "The US Climate Resilience Toolkit - Health - by climate.gov has resources on the impacts of climate on health and how to build resilience to to these: extreme heat, extreme events, increased air pollutants, food and water related threats, changed eco-systems and infectious diseases, and building health care sector resilience." - climate.gov

  • Transitioning to Clean Renewable Energy

    To drawdown on CO2, the world needs to transition to 100% renewable energy - ASAP

    *Climate Change and Renewable Energy in NM by William Brown

    A 15 minute presentation

    William Brown has a wealth of knowledge and experience in implementing clean energy policies in Taos, NM and has been a consultant in renewable energy for NM policy makers and utilities directors. Bill, together with the Kit Carson Electric Cooperative and Renewable Taos, have been successful in spearheading Taos and neighboring communities towards 100% daytime renewable in utilities by 2022, and is a model in NM and nationally.  Bill has been a Climate Reality Leader since it was first formed in 2007 and is a member of the Climate Reality Northern New Mexico Chapter. In this presentation, Bill shares the why and how of transitioning to renewable energy in New Mexico.

    A collection of references

    Click on image above

    William Brown, Climate Reality Northern New Mexico member and consultant in renewable energy, has collated these references to help deepen our understanding of the current state of US energy supply, where it needs to be, and how to achieve that.

    A nonprofit organization

    Rewiring America's Mission - "Electrify Everything! We can combat climate change, create millions of new jobs, and save everyone money – without changing our lifestyles.

    At Rewiring America, we have a plan to rapidly electrify the country. If we act quickly, we can still enjoy a brighter, cleaner, more equitable future for everyone."

    - RewiringAmerica.org

    An independent, non-profit organization

    The Rocky Mountain Institute is "working to transform the global energy system to secure a clean, prosperous, zero carbon future for all." - RMI.org

  • Creating Sustainable Cities/ Zero Emission Buildings

    Creating sustainable cities of the future and achieving zero emissions buildings across the globe requires concerted effort from innovators, policy makers, planners and builders. It will bring about the dawn of a new era of sustainable, clean, healthy and equitable communities.

    *Sustainable Cities by Greg Petty

    A 23 minutes video presentation

    Greg Petty is a Climate Reality Leader and a member of the Climate Reality Northern New Mexico Chapter. In this presentation, he shares with us the modern urban climate challenges and its solutions.

    A 14 minutes video TED talk

    "This TED talk on planning sustainable cities is by Peter Calthorpe, who is a San Francisco-based architect, urban designer and urban planner. He is a founding member of the Congress for New Urbanism, a Chicago-based advocacy group formed in 1992 that promotes sustainable building practices. For his works on redefining the models of urban and suburban growth in America Calthorpe has been named one of twenty-five ‘innovators on the cutting edge’ by Newsweek magazine." - TED

    A 5:48 minutes video

    Is Copenhagen the world's most sustainable city? It aims to be carbon neutral by 2025 - and here's how it's doing it.

     

    Further details here.

    A 15 minutes video

    "The Singapore Green Plan 2030 is a national sustainability movement which seeks to rally bold and collective action to tackle climate change, and to make Singapore a greener and more liveable home. It builds on Singapore's sustainability efforts over the past decades and sets ambitious and concrete targets for the next 10 years. It is spearheaded by the Ministries of Education, National Development, Sustainability and the Environment, Trade and Industry, and Transport." - Singapore Green Plan 2030

    A informational webpage

    "The Zero Carbon Buildings for All Initiative unites leaders across sectors in an international coalition of national governments, development banks and civil society to decarbonize the buildings sector and meet climate goals.

    This webinar, launched on September 10, 2019, raises awareness about the Zero Carbon Buildings for All Initiative, proposed for the 2019 UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit in New York." - WRI Ross Center for

    Sustainable Cities.

    A informational webpage

    by One Click LCA

    "One Click LCA provides practical solutions to help the construction industry decarbonize the world's construction. They are behind the world's #1 leading construction LCA and EPD software. Here, One Click LCA provides information on what it means for buildings to be net zero carbon and the process needed to achieve this." - One Click LCA

    A informational webpage

    by WE Forum

    "From the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, this page provides information on how the world must and can achieve zero emissions cities and buildings using existing technologies." - WE Forum

    A YouTube video

    Tomorrow's Build has a series of videos on cutting edge builds and building technology around the world to build resilience against climate change. This video is on the amazing sponge cities in China to combat flooding.

  • Zero Emissions Transport / Zero Emissions Industries

    Achieving zero emissions transport and industries is an essential part of drawing down CO2 emissions.

    "It is both a challenge and an enormous opportunity. Succeeding on time is daunting, but achievable." - WE Forum

    A website

    "The transportation sector emits more carbon pollution than any other sector of the U.S. economy. ZETA is the first industry-backed coalition of its kind advocating for the full adoption of electric vehicles (EV) by 2030, which will create hundreds of thousands of new jobs, secure American global EV manufacturing leadership, dramatically improve public health and significantly reduce carbon pollution." -zeta2030.org

    Download the Guide on this page of the C40 Cities website

    "Transportation is one of the most significant contributors to global climate change, accounting for 27% of global CO2 emissions. With the expected addition of 2 billion cars globally by 2050, transport-related emissions are projected to grow between 120% and 230%. Low Emission Vehicles (LEVs) are vital for addressing climate change and improving the efficiency of vehicle fleets as they emit lower levels of greenhouse gases than conventional fossil fuel vehicles. The C40 LEV Network was established to support cities in accelerating and advancing policies and actions to increase the uptake of LEVs, facilitating the sharing of good practice and technical expertise amongst C40 cities." - C40 Cities

    Industrial Sector Decabonization - by Energy Innovation

    A website on energy and environmental policies

    "Energy Innovation, headed by Hal Harvey, author of the book Designing Climate Solutions - A Policy Guide for Low Carbon Energy, is a nonpartisan energy and environmental policy firm delivering on high-quality research and original analysis to policymakers to help them make informed choices on energy policy; focussing on what matters and what works.

    Industrial sector decarbonization is a critical step toward achieving a livable climate future. Industrial activities such as manufacturing and construction are responsible for roughly a third of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions when including emissions associated with the electricity and heat purchased by industry – more than any other sector of the economy.

    Only three industries – iron and steel, chemicals and plastics, and cement – are responsible for roughly 55 percent of industrial emissions, and the top ten industries are responsible for roughly 90 percent of industrial emissions." - Energy Innovations.

     

    5 Ways to Unlock a Zero Carbon Future for Heavy Industries - by Christiana Figueres and Warren East

    A World Economic Forum article

    "This article is written by Christiana Figueres, former head of UN Climate Change Convention, and Warren East, CEO of Rolls Royce PLC.

    Together, heavy industries account for around 30% of global emissions. Thousands of companies have joined the UN's Race to Zero to align their entire value chain with achieving net zero by 2050 because it’s a future-proof strategy, and because no company can do this alone. We are on the cusp of the most significant opportunity business has or will see for generations. We need to work across value chains to ensure technology contributes to the shape of the global economy for the next century.

    Technology is only one part of the equation. Policy is the other. We need innovation in both." - WE Forum

  • Afforestation, Regenerative Agriculture & Life on Earth

    “It’s surely our responsibility to do everything within our power to create a planet

    that provides a home not just for us, but for all life on Earth.” - David Attenborough

    *Gardening to Benefit our Home and our Environment - by Sari Jensen

    A 24 minutes video presentation

    Sari Jensen, a Climate Reality Leader and member of Climate Reality Northern New Mexico and a retired educator shares with us the benefits of gardening for our environment.  

    Growing Solutions: Soil, Water, Farmers, Seeds, Roots -by Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future

    A 42 minutes film

    The film discusses numerous ways in which farmers and others are innovating to protect and regenerate the natural resources needed for a sustainable farming future. This documentary is part of the Johns Hopkins FoodSpan curriculum, which provides an overview of the food system for high school students.

    A 2:29 minute trailer - Feature movie is available on Netflix

    Kiss the Ground movie is "produced by Josh and Rebecca Tickell who are Sundance Award-Winning documentarians. This movie explains why transitioning to regenerative agriculture could be key in rehabilitating the planet, while simultaneously invigorating a new sense of hope and inspiration in viewers." - kissthegroundmovie.com

    Tropical Forest Alliance Jurisdictional Approaches

    Hosted by the World Economic Forum, with 170+ alliance partners

    "The Tropical Forest Alliance is facilitating the multi-stakeholder consultation process to develop a set of principles and roadmap to reduce deforestation from soft commodity supply chains including palm oil, cacao, soy, beef and paper/pulp." - Tropical Forest Alliance

    Tiny Urban Forests -  by WeForum

    An article by We Forum

    World Economic Forum features this article about tiny urban forests which are springing up, planted by local community groups around the world, using the Miyawaki Method. This boosts biodiversity and fights climate change.

    A 53 minutes feature documentary

    The film explores the successes and challenges inherent in creating new legal structures that have the potential to maintain and restore ecosystems while achieving a balance between humans and nature.​

    A 3:41 minute video introducing the IUCN Red List

    "Established in 1964, the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species has evolved to become the world’s most comprehensive information source on the global extinction risk status of animal, fungus and plant species. It is a powerful tool to inform and catalyse action for biodiversity conservation and policy change, critical to protecting the natural resources we need to survive." iucnredlist.org

    A webpage by WHO.International

    "Healthy communities rely on well-functioning ecosystems. They provide clean air, fresh water, medicines and food security. They also limit disease and stabilize the climate. But biodiversity loss is happening at unprecedented rates, impacting human health worldwide, according to a state of knowledge report jointly published by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the World Health Organization (WHO)." - WHO.int

    A 14 minute video presentation

    Host Dave Borlace, in this episode of Just Have a Think, presents how the earth has practiced regenerative agriculture over the millennia, how humans have destroyed this cycle in recent times, and how it is urgent that we revert to these life-sustaining practices.

    An organization helping communities set change in motion

    Rare's Mission is to "inspire change so people and nature thrive. Rare is the global leader in social change for the environment." - Rare.org

    Rare has helped communities in over 60 countries shift their behaviors and practices to protect the nature that sustains their lives.

    PBS documentary videos

    "To celebrate Native American Heritage Month with a nod to the care for the environment that make up Indigenous ways of life. These documentaries explore Native American traditions that demand ecological stewardship for today and future generations alike." PBS 2020

    Videos spotlighted:

    - Water Warriors

    - The Seven Generation Rivers

    - My Louisiana Love

    - Burning a Forest to Revive a People

    - The Blessing

  • Militarization and the Environment

    The dual existential threats facing all living beings - climate change and nuclear holocaust.

    The two are interconnected.

    *Militarization and the Environment by Jean Stevens

    A 28 minutes video presentation

    Jean Stevens is a Climate Reality Leader and a member of the Climate Reality Northern New Mexico Chapter. She is the director of the Taos Environmental Film Festival and a retired teacher. She shares with us the 2 existential threats facing mankind - climate change and nuclear armament, their challenges and solutions.

    A references page

    This Reference on Militarization and the Environment is by Jean Stevens, member of Climate Reality Northern NM, who is passionate about the dual and interconnected existential threats facing mankind and all living species - nuclear war and climate change.

    A TedX video presentation

    "In this sobering talk, atmospheric scientist Brian Toon explains how even a small nuclear war could destroy all life on earth -- and what we can do to prevent it. He contributed to the U.N.’s Nobel Peace Prize for climate change and holds numerous scientific awards, including two NASA medals for Exceptional Scientific Achievement." - TEDx

    Dr Ira Helfand speaks at the UN - from Physicians for Social Responsibility

    10 minutes video

    "Dr Ira Helfand, 1985 Nobel Peace Prize for Physicians for Social Responsibility and also the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize team for the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons speaks at the UN General Assembly "- Physicians for Social Responsibility

     

    Films and Conference 2021- Themes: Environment and Peace

    Jean Stevens is the Director of Taos Environmental Film Festival and member of Climate Reality Northern New Mexico. In 2021, She showcased environmental films and a conference with 25+ panelists speaking on topics regarding the environment and peace. All these are accessible on the TEFF website.

  • Environmental Justice and Climate Refugees

    Often, those least responsible for causing climate change are most impacted by the effects of climate disruption.

    "The world could see up to 1 billion climate refugees by 2050" - Ecological Threat Register

    NRDC - an organization fighting for Environmental Justice and defense of the natural environment

    "NRDC works to safegaurd the earth - its people, plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends. We put people at the center of our environmental work by taking a holistic approach. We fight for the right to clean air and water, healthy homes and food, green space and infrastructure, and efficient buildings and transportation.​ We use policy, science, law, finance, and public engagement to change systems—at the neighborhood, city, state, and national levels—so that everyone can thrive." NRDC

    A video by the Climate Reality Project

    The Climate Reality Project recruits, trains, and mobilizes people to become powerful activists, providing the skills, campaigns, and resources to push for aggressive climate action and high-level policies that accelerate a just transition to clean energy.

     

    "This video highlights the impacts of climate change in Asia due to global carbon pollution Climate change has hit home across the globe, especially in countries like Bangladesh, China and India." - The Climate Reality Project

    Climate Displacement Program - by Refugees International

    A program by Refugees International

    "Through our Climate Displacement Program, Refugees International plays a leading role in developing initiatives aimed at promoting action to avert, minimize, and address climate-related displacement. More importantly, our work looks to give a voice to those affected on the ground. To date, we have conducted over a dozen missions to countries experiencing climate-related displacement to shine a light on this urgent issue and to recommend ways forward to ensure that the most vulnerable are protected." - Refugees International

    A website by EarthJustice

    "EarthJustice is the premier nonprofit public interest environmental law organization.

    We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health, to preserve magnificent places and wildlife, to advance clean energy, and to combat climate change.

    We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer."

    - EarthJustice

    A project by IEP

    "The Ecological Threat Register measures ecological threats that countries are currently facing and provides projections to 2050. The ETR is unique in that it combines measures of resilience with the most comprehensive ecological data available to shed light on the countries least likely to cope with extreme ecological shocks, now and into the future.

     

    This report is conducted by the Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP), an independent, non-partisan, non-profit think tank dedicated to shifting the world’s focus to peace as a positive, achievable, and tangible measure of human well-being and progress." - by IEP

  • Stopping Plastic Pollution

    Plastic Pollution, produced by fossil fuel, 

    is a global disaster of monumental proportions for humans, animals, land and sea.

    It is also an environmental justice issue. What can we do to halt this?

    Story of Plastic (animated short) - by Story of Stuff Project

    A 4:15 minute video

    "The Story of Plastic (Animated Short) pulls back the curtain on the plastic pollution headlines, revealing the true causes and consequences of the global plastics crisis." - by Story of Stuff Project

    Story of Plastic -trailer of documentary movie by The Story of Stuff Project

    A 2 minute video

    A feature length movie by The Story of Stuff Project. "Learn how the mass production of single-use plastic has put us in the biggest environmental crisis in history." - Go to Storyofplastic to find out how to access the feature movie.

    A series of video lessons

    5 Gyres presents Trash Academy, with a series of video lessons. Visit 5gyres.org/trash-academy for all the videos. "Learn all about the history of plastic and what you can do today for a cleaner planet and a plastic-free tomorrow." - 5 Gyres Trash Academy

    Open Your Eyes - narrated by Jeff Bridges - by The Plastic Pollution Coalition

    A 4 minutes video

    The Plastic Pollution shows in this video the extent and harm of the plastic pollution problem, and ways to tackle this world wide.

  • Calling All Innovators

    "Without innovation, we will not solve climate change. We won't even come close," Bill Gates

    A TED Countdown video

    "The single most important thing for avoiding a climate disaster is cutting carbon pollution from the current 51 billion tons per year to zero, says philanthropist and technologist Bill Gates. Introducing the concept of the "green premium" -- the higher price of zero-emission products like electric cars, artificial meat or sustainable aviation fuel -- Gates identifies the breakthroughs and investments we need to reduce the cost of clean tech, decarbonize the economy and create a pathway to a clean and prosperous future for all." - TED Countdown

    A Youtube video, start at 3:15 minute

    Entrepreneur and ingenious innovator "Elon Musk talks to XPRIZE founder, Peter H. Diamandis about the 100 million dollar challenge to develop carbon removal technologies to fight climate change." - CNET Highlights

    A webpage by IRENA

    "IRENA, the International Renewable Energy Agency, is an intergovernmental organisation that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future. IRENA has published the full series of 30 Innovation Briefs under its Innovation Landscape report. It is the most comprehensive analysis available on innovation priorities that policymakers must address to successfully decarbonise the electricity systems with renewables and push for innovative renewables solutions in a COVID-19 recovery stimulus. The full series of briefs analyzing innovations in the four dimensions of the power system - enabling technologies, business models, market design and system operation." - IRENA.org

    A webpage

    "The world has to change if it's to survive: here are some of the most interesting sustainable innovations that could save the planet.

    There's never been a greater push for sustainable products and technologies than there is today. We've reached a critical point with regards to climate change, and many innovators and businesses are stepping up to the plate to build a greener future. Here are just some of the incredible examples of sustainable innovation that could change the world as we know it, and pave the way for a more sustainable way of living." - Interesting Engineering

    Just Have a Think - The Climate and Sustainable Energy Channel

    A Youtube channel with a series of short videos

    A great website to learn about cutting edge innovations needed to save our planet. Hosted by Dave Borlace, "this channel seeks to understand the issues that face our civilisation in the 21st Century and focusses on the potential solutions that will save as many lives as possible and hopefully bring about a greater level of equality in the world." - Just Have a Think.

  • Advocating Policy Makers and Influencers

    "We have a single mission, to protect and hand on the planet to the next generation."

    - Francois Hollande, President of France

    A webpage on NRDC.org

    "Whether you want to fight against Big Coal or for struggling species, adding your voice will make a difference." NRDC. Take action the easy way using NRDC's Take Action page. Just add your own comments to personalize the letter already formulated, and press Send.

    A webpage on TheYearsProject.com

    "We’re often asked “What can I do to fight climate change?”

    Well, there are a LOT of things you can do. Some are big and will require a lot of you and some are small, but ALL of them make a difference. We encourage you to try any and all of the solutions" on this page. - The Years Project

    A 7 minute video

    "What if we actually pulled off a Green New Deal? What would the future look like? The Intercept and Naomi Klein present a 2019 Emmy-nominated short film, A Message from the Future with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, narrated by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and illustrated by Molly Crabapple. Set a couple of decades from now, the film is a flat-out rejection of the idea that a dystopian future is a forgone conclusion. Instead, it offers a thought experiment: What if we decided not to drive off the climate cliff? What if we chose to radically change course and save both our habitat and ourselves?" - The Intercept

     

    "Following on in October 2020, is the sequel A Message from the Future 2 - The Years of Repair. This is an animated 9 minute short film that dares to dream of a future in which 2020 is a historic turning point, where the lessons of the Covid-19 pandemic and global uprisings against racism drive us to build back a better society in which no one is sacrificed and everyone is essential." - The Intercept

     

    For more background to the Green New Deal, read Naomi Kleine's book, On Fire - The Burning Case for a Green New Deal.

     

     

    Take Action with Sierra Club's Thrive initiative

    "The movement for the Green New Deal is changing the course of history, and you can be a part of it.

    What is the Green New Deal?

    The Green New Deal is a bold vision to help us transition from an economy of low wages, toxic pollution, and systemic injustice to one driven by dignified work and 100% clean energy for all." - Sierra Club.

    Read more about The Green New Deal here.

    A youth-led climate strike movement

    "Fridays for Future is a youth-led and -organised global climate strike movement that started in August 2018, when 15-year-old Greta Thunberg began a school strike for climate.

    Their demands:

    1. Create a safe pathway under 1.5C. 
    2. Climate justice and equity for everyone. 
    3. Follow the Paris Agreement. 
    4. Unite behind the science." - FridaysforFuture.org

    A webpage by UN Climate Change Conference 2021

    "COP26 is the 2021 United Nations climate change conference - Nov 1 to 12, 2021.

    For nearly three decades the UN has been bringing together almost every country on earth for global climate summits – called COPs – which stands for ‘Conference of the Parties’.

    This year will be the 26th annual summit – giving it the name COP26. With the UK as President, COP26 takes place in Glasgow.

    In the run up to COP26 the UK is working with every nation to reach agreement on how to tackle climate change. World leaders will arrive in Scotland, alongside tens of thousands of negotiators, government representatives, businesses and citizens for twelve days of talks.

    Not only is it a huge task but it is also not just yet another international summit. Most experts believe COP26 has a unique urgency." - UN Climate Change Conference, 2021

     

  • Collective Climate Actions by/for Youth

    "There is hope in the leadership of our young people, in our collective power, and in our unwavering faith in justice."

    Rachita Taneja

    ​*100% Committed Campaign with Los Angeles Unified School Districts -by Michael Zrelniker (Los Angeles Climate Reality)

    A 10 minutes video presentation

    Michael Zelniker, past Co-chair of the Los Angeles Climate Reality Chapter, shares the story of how his Chapter was able to get the Los Angeles Unified School Districts, (the second largest School District in the country) to commit to transitioning to 100% renewable energy ahead of the Paris Climate Agreement goals.

    *The Green Schools Campaign, by Ava Acavedo

    A 10 minutes video presentation

    Ava Acevedo, a high school student from Northern CA, gives this presentation on the Green Schools Campaign, a youth led initiative to promote schools to commit to transitioning to 100% renewable energy. This campaign has now spread nationally and internationally. Ava explains the support this group offers to other schools

    A youth led climate action and advocacy group

    "YUCCA (Youth United for Climate Crisis Action) - coordinated by Earth Care - is a 501c4 dedicated to holding our elected officials accountable to the health of future generations. We the next generation will ensure that candidates and elected leaders hear our voices and face the reality of our endangered future with justice, equity, accountability and courage." YUCCANM

    A platform for individual and collective challenges

    "Eco Challenge - Join hundreds of thousands of everyday people creating habits and taking action for a better shared world.

    • Everyone can participate
    • It’s effective for individuals, families, community groups, schools, businesses and organizations
    • You can see the difference your action makes as an individual and as part of a collective"

    *Writing and publishing a Climate Column for a Newspaper - by Judith Polich

    A 13 minutes video presentation

    Judith Pollich is a Climate Reality Leader and a member of the Climate Reality Northern New Mexico Chapter. She writes a weekly column for the Albuquerque Journal on Climate Change issues and solutions. Here she shares the steps on how to write and publish such a column.

    Climate Actions webpage

    The Years Project, which aims to compel measurable and effective action on climate change through trusted storytelling across all media, suggests a list of actions individuals and groups can undertake to heal our planet.

    You'r the Voice - by 1 Million Women

    A 5 minutes song video

    "You're the Voice is an anthem from women for climate action and hope by 1 Million Women. It celebrates the glorious power of women to be changemakers and leaders on climate action. Be inspired, sing with us and use your voice to share it widely! #IMTHEVOICE" - 1 Million Women.

    TED Circles - by TED

    A TED Initiative

    "TED Circles is an open community of small groups that engage in conversations about big ideas.

    Circles can take place 100% virtually so they are helping communities stay connected, especially now. Hosted by volunteers, Circles watch and discuss a TED Talk. They share takeaways online to consider each other’s perspectives and create a global conversation." - TED

    Earthrise by Amanda Gorman - a poem for 24 Hours of Reality 

    A 4:30 minutes video

    Earthrise is a poem by Amanda Gorman, Inaugural Youth Poet Laureate of America in 2018, written for the 24 Hours of Reality, an annual event of The Climate Reality Project.

  • Climate Programs for Youth

    Environmental programs for youth.

    "Instead of looking for hope, look for action. Then, and only then, hope will come." - Greta Thunberg

    *Global Warming Express presentation - by Genie Stevens

    A 56 minutes presentation/discussion

    Genie Stevens is the Executive Director of the Global Warming Express, an award winning program offering once weekly after school program to students in 4th to 6th Grades. It aims to impart information about climate science, and empower the students to choose and carry out 2 climate action goals - a small goal and a big goal for the year.

    A network of young people, educators and supporters from communities across the US

    Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) educates young people on the science of climate change and empower them to take action. Their impact: 3 million students educated on climate science, impact and solutions; 1 million climate actions taken; 4 thousand students trained to be climate leaders. Visit Our Climate Our Future for their education page.

    A climate program for youth, with an annual climate summit

    "The Wild Center’s Youth Climate Program works to convene, engage, connect and empower young people around the world to take action on climate change.

     

    The W!ld Center organizes an annual Youth Climate Summit.. Starting as a local event, it has now spread around the US and the world." -Wild Center

    A worldwide science and education program

    "The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program is an international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process." -GLOBE

     

    A 2:54 minutes introductory video - by CAVU.org

    "In the Climate Innovation Challenge (CIC)–CAVU's FREE NGSS-aligned, STEAM climate education program–student leaders explore solutions that build climate resilience in their communities and present their ideas in short videos that are eligible for cash prizes and scholarships! The Challenge culminates with a student video showcase featuring inspirational speakers, the screening of student projects, and the awarding of cash prizes and scholarships for outstanding entries! Register today at ClimateInnovationChallenge.org"

    - CAVU.org

     

  • Climate Lesson Plans for Educators

    “Among the highest callings we have as educators in preparing leaders of tomorrow is to help students under our care learn how to better protect and preserve this planet for all future generations." - James Brenneman, President, Goshen College

    A database with 700+ climate and energy educational lessons

    "CLEAN is a database with 700+ climate and education lessons, aligned with the NGSS, options for various grade levels, Spanish language, culturally relevant climate teaching. Professional development tools and option to be involved with CLEAN are available." -CLEAN.org

    For Educators Grades 6 -12 - Yale Climate Change Communication

    A set of lesson plans for teachers

    These lessons plans with slides aim to inform students of climate science and help them become better science communicators.

    Climate smart educational resources

    "Welcome to the Years of Living Dangerously (YEARS) education website, where you will find climate smart educational resources and learning opportunities that correspond to the science and issues presented in the series.

    The real stories and changes occurring in our natural world as told in YEARS offer middle and high school students, teachers and parents the foundation for experiential learning through analyzing the science of climate change, distinguishing facts from opinions, and investigating solutions. Here we offer age- and developmentally appropriate curriculum, resources, online learning, contests and events which relate to daily life.

    Our free, online tools and resources are aligned with national standards for education and correlate with Common Core State Standards. These instructional materials will advance newly developed Next Generation Science Standards that feature climate education as a goal for most schools over the next three to five years." - climateclassroom.org

    A centre for resource, curriculum, education, and projects for youth

    "Cornell Climate Smart Solutions Program provides resources and supports youth climate change education through the youth development program, including youth curriculum and activities, citizen science projects, climate change guidebooks, and materials for youth climate summits.

    The Cornell Climate Stewards program provides cutting-edge, research-based training of volunteers who can support their communities to become “Climate Smart Communities” by planning and implementing climate change mitigation, adaptation, and education projects at the local level." -Cornell.edu

    An educational resource by NOAA 

    "NOAA Education keeps citizens informed and engaged in our planet’s dynamic environment, from space weather to fish migration patterns. We provide education resources, educator and student opportunities, and competitive funding for education projects." -NOAA

    A Climate Solutions Simulator

    "Climate Interactive is an independent, not-for-profit think-tank that grew out of MIT Sloan in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Based on a long tradition of system dynamics modeling, our simulations and insights help people see connections, play out scenarios, and see what works to address climate change, inequity, and related issues like energy, health, and food. " - Climate Interactive

    A virtual program for educators on climate education and solutions - with Certification

    "The Climate Action Academy is a virtual training program on climate change and green solutions for K-12 and informal educators. The aim of this training is to prepare you to teach climate change through an interdisciplinary and solutions-oriented perspective not limited to math and science, but also geography, civic education, arts, history, language, and other subject areas." - Climate Action Academy

    Extreme Event Game - by LabX The National Academy of Sciences

    An in-person role playing game

    Extreme Event is an award-winning in-person role-playing game that gives participants a taste of what it takes to build community resilience in the face of disaster. Players work together to make decisions and solve problems during an engaging, fast-paced disaster simulation.

    An 40 minutes video

    "This Critical Thinking About Climate video explains 23 rhetorical techniques used in misinformation. Understanding the techniques of science denial is like a universal vaccine against misinformation. Once you know these red flags, you’ll be able to spot attempts to mislead you."-Dr John Cook of Skeptical Science.

    Cranky Uncle Game - a game App - by Dr John Cook

    A Game App

    "Cranky Uncle is the creation of scientist and cartoonist John Cook, who uses cartoons, humor, and critical thinking to expose the misleading techniques of science denial and build public resilience against misinformation.

    The Cranky Uncle game, produced by Dr John Cook, uses cartoons and critical thinking to fight misinformation. It is now available FREE as a game app on iPhone and Android.

     

    The book - Cranky Uncle vs Climate Change - is also available.

    An in depth online course

    Making Sense of Climate Science Denial is a FREE 7 week online course run by scientists, including Dr John Cook of Skeptical Science, climate scientists and environmental scientists. "Climate change is real, so why the controversy and debate? Learn to make sense of the science and to respond to climate change denial." -edX.org

    A webpage by Santa Fe Public School Sustainability

    This webpage of Resources for PreK-12 teachers has been collated by the Santa Fe Public School's Sustainability Department. It contains a "cross curricular collection of resources for integrating environmental topics into standards-based instruction. This collection is for both outdoor and indoor classroom use, with articles, websites, videos and other media that integrate climate change activities into content area." Santa Fe Public School Sustainability

    A web-based learning program for ages 8 to 11

    Growing from the award winning Global Warming Express after school program for students age 8 to 11, is the Global Warming Express-Learn program - an online program for students in 4th to 6th Grades. It aims to impart information about climate science, followed by experiential learning of climate actions suitable for that age.