8 Communities to Fight Against Climate Change

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Do you feel overwhelmed by the climate crisis? Do you want to fight climate change and do something to take care of the planet we live on? Although some people still see climate change as something distant that will not affect them, in recent times, we’ve begun to see the effects of the climate crisis. That’s why we need to do something about it.

However, as individuals, it’s also common to not know where to start. But for things to change, it’s important to transform frustration and desire into action.

How can you be part of the climate solution? Does individual change have an impact on reducing emissions? We believe it does. So let’s learn more about how individuals can fight climate change. And the communities you can become part of if you’re interested in doing something for our planet πŸ‘‡


How Can Individuals Fight Climate Change

At home, on your table, at work, on social media, or in your community. We can all make small changes in almost every aspect of our lives that will contribute to curbing climate change and its effects on the environment. Here are some ways you can do your part πŸ‘‡

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

The carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gases emitted directly or indirectly by an individual. It is usually expressed in equivalent units of carbon dioxide (CO2). Also, it’s one of the simplest ways to measure the impact that a person has on the planet.

Currently, according to the World Resources Institute‘s climate database, the G20 countries are responsible for more than 75% of global greenhouse gas emissions. However, the good news is that there are ways to calculate and reduce the impact of our carbon footprint.

One way of measuring your carbon footprint is with Global Footprint Network’s calculator, which provides users the possibility to measure their individual carbon footprint. Once we know how much greenhouse gases we emit, we’re ready to make small and progressive changes.

🚲 This includes riding our bikes to work or using public transport instead of using a car, washing our clothes with cold water instead of warm, and changing lightbulbs to LEDs.

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Buy local and focus on seasonal foods. These are great ways of reducing the carbon footprint of your food! Also, that way you’ll have a positive impact on your community’s economy, while reducing emissions too.

Also, you can focus on consuming foods produced in a sustainable way. According to the UN’s Environment Programme, sustainable agriculture uses up to 56% less energy than traditional agriculture. And generates 64% fewer emissions.

🌳 Plant Trees

Each year, approximately 12 million hectares of forest are destroyed. And according to the UN’s Environment Programme, deforestation, agriculture, and other land use charges are responsible for almost 25% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

In this sense, another great way to reduce the carbon footprint is to plant trees! You can choose to do it individually or collectively. There are plenty of organizations, communities, and groups that dedicate their time to planting native trees around the world.

Get Informed

If you’re going to get involved, it’s essential to always get information from reliable media outlets. Also, follow news and social media accounts with certified information.

Raise Your Voice

Think of your social media platforms as a megaphone to communicate your voice to the world. But apart from being active on social media, you can also join a local or global movement with which you feel identified.

Also, you can propose to your friends and family to do the same. A great way of convincing them to join your cause is to talk to them about the reasons why we should care about these issues. And how these problems impact our daily lives and socio-economic context.

Be Careful When Choosing Where to Donate

Take your time to choose the organizations, communities or groups you’ll donate your time and money to. That includes checking on their reputation and credibility.

🌎 Donate or join NGOs, groups, and communities that share your concerns. This will not only help you to discover that you are not alone but also you’ll be able to contribute fully to the causes that move you.

List of 8 Global Impact Communities

It’s really important to join communities, groups, or movements that represent your vision and help you connect with like-minded people. This will help you stay motivated when fighting for the cause you believe in. So here are some communities that nucleate people who want to fight climate change! πŸ’‘

WorkForClimate

If you want to do something to take care of the world we live in, it’s possible that you’ve already started making small changes in your personal life. However, how can you start to make some in your work environment?

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WorkForClimate is a free community. It aims to amplify professionals’ climate impact, helping them apply positive changes in the companies and organizations they work in. To achieve that, it offers its members, educational programs, playbooks, and the opportunity to network with like-minded colleagues via Slack.

Crowdsourcing Sustainability

Crowdsourcing Sustainability is a group that seeks to empower people with knowledge and information about the climate crisis. And give them resources so that they discover what they can to fight climate change.

It has more than 150,000 members from over 150 countries, and it offers its members access to a free newsletter. It also gives them access to a Slack community. There, they can engage in discussions and fruitful conversations surrounding topics such as sustainable practices and climate change.

Climate Action

If you want to take climate action, this is the group for you! Climate Action’s an initiative of one of the UK’s largest environmental organizations, Friends of the Earth.

Like many citizen-driven movements, this initiative is based on the creation of groups by individuals in different cities, communities, or towns around the world. Their aim is to make communities more climate-friendly and make a real difference at local and national levels.

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You can create your own group, have access to multiple resources, and participate in webinars and workshops. However, if you’re not interested in creating a new hub, you can join an existing one and participate in environmental activist demonstrations.

Understory

Understory’s a free community for those who are interested in sustainable tech solutions. And the aim of this group is to bring innovation to a sustainable world, accelerating sustainability tech startups.

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It has more than 160 members to whom Understory gives access to a Slack group where they have the possibility to engage in discussions and conversations with peers. Also, it offers its members a job board with plenty of opportunities and environmental and sustainability-focused resources.

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Climate Action.tech

If the information and communications technology sector continue working as it has been until now, by 2040 it will be responsible for 14% of the world’s carbon footprint, according to an article published in Harvard Business Review in 2020.

In this sense, the Climate Action.tech community seeks to engage workers in this sector with the environment, looking for ways to reduce the industry’s carbon footprint. They do this through promoting a sustainable business culture and behavior change, green software engineering. And sustainable product design, and low-carbon infrastructure.

This group has over 2,500 members, it’s free and colleagues network with each other via Slack.

Climate Changemakers

If you want to get political, this is the community for you! Climate Changemakers is a non-profit political organization that seeks those young people who are worried about the climate crisis to turn concern and anxiety into action.

The first thing you have to do to become a member is to show up to a weekly Hour of Action which are one-hour Zoom meetings to learn more about the organization’s actions and speak up about your own environmental concerns.

Members also organize events, connect with each other via Slack, and participate in social demonstrations all around the US.

Work on Climate

Eugene Kirpichov and Cassandra Xia were two software engineers at Google who wanted to do something about the climate crisis but didn’t know how. That’s how they started to connect with others who were in the same spot as them. And started taking action. That’s how they met Work on Climate’s third co-founder, Eva Illescas.

This free community‘s present in Slack, but also has more specific learning groups. It also offers events where members can speak to climate specialists and speakers, a job board with plenty of opportunities, and volunteer work too.

Global Shapers

Global Shapers Community is an initiative of the World Economic Forum. With over 14,000 members, the community’s goal is to build a network of inspiring young people under the age of 30 working together to address local, regional, and global challenges.

Although this community’s not dedicated exclusively to fighting climate change, they have some environmental initiatives for those who want to take action. These include waste management projects and the promotion of sustainable energy in local communities.


To conclude, the climate crisis is a problem that no longer concerns only scientists and specialists. On the contrary, it has become a topic of daily discussion in the media, groups of friends and family, and communities.

We know that the biggest responsibility for reversing this situation is in the hands of industries and world leaders. But also in our own homes and workplaces, in decisions as simple as riding a bike instead of using the car, or unplugging some household appliances when we do not need them. We can all do our part to fight climate change!

Victoria Mortimer

Victoria Mortimer

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