A continuously growing list of home pages, projects and media we have ‘bookmarked’ — which means: sites we consider important or relevant as far as carbon awareness and climate safety is concerned. Not an objective list.
→ Climate related knowledge-sharing sites
→ Climate awareness and campaign sites
→ Climate safety ideas worth promoting
→ Climate safety organisations
→ Climate safety science and online news
→ Climate safety bloggers
→ Climate safety paper magazines
→ Climate safety newsletters
→ Climate safety radio and tv
→ Climate related music
→ Climate related pages on Facebook
→ Climate related boards on Pinterest
→ Climate related books, films, reports and recommended reading
Knowledge-sharing is extremely important for any development. So why does the world not have one master database containing, filtering and benchmarking all the most brilliant ideas, ‘greenovations’ and positive changes happening around the world in the field of climate change and carbon reduction?
Why isn’t there a place — one place — on the Internet, for instance under the United Nations’ umbrella, where we can all see how each country is doing at any given moment when it comes to sustainability and renewables?
This would be a question to bodies such as the United Nations, G8, G20, EU, or other transnational bodies: Why haven’t you guys — with all your influence, money and abilities — started building up a user-friendly, global idea-database and a ‘Global Climate Safety Toolbox’ long ago?
None of those that we have been able to find so far are the kind of greenovation-‘killer app’ or ‘booster-rocket’ which the world so badly needs right now. Anyhow, it seems that things are on their way, according to the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) who gave this resumé from the meetings that had been held at COP19 in Warsaw in November 2013:
Climate Knowledge Brokers’ Group
“Set up in 2011, and with more than 50 online initiatives on board, the Climate Knowledge Brokers’ Group has made impressive strides in coordinating and orchestrating what previously had been isolated efforts. The panel at COP19 focused on four key challenges:
• Really understanding user needs was first on the list. Anne Hammill presented the headlines from a recent IISD-led study involving a survey of more than 200 users from four different climate portals. The results provided a timely reminder how websites need to engage with their users, and keep engaging, if they are to stay relevant.
• Pointing users to the right knowledge platform was the second challenge, and Fatema Rajabali from IDS showcased the new Knowledge Navigator tool which is designed to address this head on.
Introduction video about the Knowledge Navigator
• Connecting up knowledge platforms was next. Florian Bauer from REEEP showed how the new REEGLE tagging tool can help information sharing by ensuring web content is tagged consistently.
• Avoiding reinventing the wheel was the final challenge. This is a strong tendency with new websites popping up every week and Jane Ebinger spoke of how her team at the World Bank had benefitted from a CKB “knowledge clinic” event in Washington last autumn as they developed plans for the new Platform on Climate Smart Planning.
The Climate Knowledge Brokers’ Group has achieved a lot in a short space of time, especially as it is still an informal network. It is filling an important gap in the online information market, with a number of new online initiatives approaching the Group for advice at the ideal moment, while they are still in the design phase. The REEGLE tagging API and Knowledge Navigator are being built in to several major new websites as a result.”
Global SCP Clearinghouse
The Global SCP Clearinghouse is a unique one-stop hub dedicated to Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP). Launched by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) – which represents the United Nations’ environmental conscience – the Clearinghouse is a knowledge and cooperation platform for a sustainable future which aims at bringing together and expanding the Sustainable Consumption and Production community worldwide by collecting, disseminating and sharing initiatives, policies, tools and best practices, the latest news and events on Sustainable Consumption and Production – as well as cooperation opportunities in order to trigger more innovation and cooperation towards implementation of Sustainable Consumption and Production around the world.
Within days of its pre-launch at a UNEP Governing Council meeting in February 2013, the Global SCP Clearinghouse recorded nearly 800 new members from more than 500 organisations based in about 100 different countries.
» Home page: scpclearinghouse.org
‘The Tree – Content for Climate & Energy Communicators’ is a project dedicated to aggregating information and resources for individuals and groups engaged in public discourse on climate change and energy issues. ‘The Tree’ is a service provided by the Global Call for Climate Action (GCCA), a network of more than 400 nonprofit organizations.
The Tree Resources Library has indexed hundreds of alerts, photos, quick facts, and other resources. All resources have been placed under a Creative Commons 3.0 license, so you are free to use them for your publications. You can search for resources by type, topic and region.
» The Tree Resources Library: treealerts.org/resources
» Home page: treealerts.org
In the Climate CoLab, you can work with people from all over the world to create proposals for what to do about climate change. The Climate CoLab is a project of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence in the U.S. in collaboration with many other organisations.
» Home page: climatecolab.org
Tools for climate compatible development
Climate & Development Knowledge Network has assembled some key tools to assist you in finding the information you need to address a wide variety of climate compatible development challenges.
• Knowledge Navigator – your guide to climate change platforms. The Knowledge Navigator is a categorised dataset of Climate Change platforms covering adaptation, mitigation and development. There is a search box on this page.
Knowledge Navigator tool
• CDKN Roster of Experts is Climate & Development Knowledge Network’s web-based database of expert advisors and service providers on climate change and development issues. It contains the details of individuals and organisations with specific thematic expertise, competencies and country experience, who deliver services to developing countries. Search the Roster of Experts
• REEGLE tagging tool makes it easier to publish online resources about the clean energy and climate by using automated tagging to identifying specific terms related to clean energy and climate issues. It also suggests related resources that may be of interest, making it easier to search for documents about energy and climate change. Use the Reegle API
» Tools page: www.cdkn.org
Innonatives – open platform for sustainability
“Collaborate for a better world”: “Innovate with the international community, propose your own projects to be funded and implemented, pose your problems and challenges to the platform to be solved, finance radical innovation projects for Sustainability. Join the team today!”
» Home page: www.innonatives.com
“Sharing knowledge to build rich, sustainable lives.” Appropedia is a site for collaborative solutions in sustainability, poverty reduction and international development through the use of sound principles and appropriate technology and the sharing of wisdom and project information. It is a wiki, a type of website which allows anyone to add, remove, or edit content. Registration is encouraged but not required for contributors.
It was started in 2006, and currently the site contains around 17,000 files. For instance, here is what is written on Global warming and on Taking action.
» Home page: www.appropedia.org
“Greenlivingpedia is a free resource for sharing information on green living, now and for the future. This is a wiki, so you can create and edit content to share information and collaborate with others on how we can lighten our footprint on the planet and live in harmony with nature and our environment. You can also publish original information in a protected article if you wish. Our goal is to provide an information resource that you can use and contribute to across a broad range of green living and community action topics. Articles about your project, your group and local community actions are welcome.”
» Home page: www.greenlivingpedia.org
“A movement for identifying and promoting the best clean energy technologies. The community-built resource that focuses on alternative, clean, practical, renewable energy solutions.”
PESWiki was founded in 2004. It is guided by the New Energy Congress, a network of 50+ energy professionals who are dedicated to clean energy technology advancement. More recently, a New Energy Systems Trust has been established to help incubate these technologies to market. As of March 2013, there are over 4,000 articles on free and renewable energy that anyone can edit.
» Home page: www.peswiki.com
Open Energy Info
“Gateway to the World’s Energy Information and Data”. “OpenEI continues to strive to be a global leader in open-data source for energy information — specifically analyses on renewable energy and energy efficiency. The platform is a Wiki, similar to Wikipedia’s Wiki, which many users are already familiar with. Users can view, edit, and add data — and download data for free.” Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, operated by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy.
» Main page: www.openei.org
WIPO Green Database
WIPO GREEN is an interactive marketplace that promotes innovation and diffusion of green technologies.
The WIPO database and network can be used to connect with technology and service providers, or to advertise your needs.
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) launched the database on 28 November 2013, providing innovative and green technologies to a wide variety of groups to improve global climate situation. The database is designed to accelerate innovation and diffusion of environmental-friendly technologies and contribute to the efforts of developing countries in addressing climate change. It also matches owners of new technologies with individuals or companies seeking to commercialize, license or otherwise distribute a green technology. With 35 partners worldwide involved, the freely-accessible database, reportedly having already gained around 1,000 uploads during a pilot and testing phase, offers a broad listing of green technology products, inventions and patents, services and intellectual property (IP) assets.
Solar and Wind Potentials Interactive Platforms
The Global Atlas is the largest ever initiative undertaken to assess renewable energy potential on a global scale. The Internet-based platform is designed to raise awareness of technology opportunities as well as help companies willing to invest in a new market.
It provides resource maps from leading technical institutes worldwide, and tools for evaluating the technical potential of renewable energies. It is hoped it could function as a catalyst for policy development and energy planning, and it can support investors in entering renewable energy markets. Currently the platform preliminary delivers results on wind and solar, but it will progressively include other renewable energy resources as well.
» Start page: irena.org/GlobalAtlas
Knowledge Exchange on Sustainable Development
TERI, The Energy and Resources Institute, launched a webportal for ‘Knowledge x-change on Sustainable Development’, KxSD, on 31 January 2013, the first day of the World Sustainable Development Summit in Delhi.
The portal has been constructed with support from the government of United Kingdom – an Internet portal which can facilitate knowledge sharing across the many facets of sustainable development, showcase new research and innovative practices, share knowledge and success stories from diverse regions and sectors, and in this way create awareness among various stakeholders.
There is a high need for this kind of initiative, and hopefully TERI’s database can quickly become THE place to search for current knowledge, and grow to be known and used on a global scale. We only need one place on the planet where information is gathered, rather than five or ten competing sites. And ideally, it should be in Chinese as well. You’ll need to sign up and be approved as a member before you can begin to post your own knowledge, though. (Click on ‘Join us’).
» Home page: kxsd.org
Sustainability Disclosure Database
Global Reporting Initiative’s Sustainability Disclosure Database is a global information resource for sustainability reporting, in one place. The Global Reporting Initiative is a non-profit organisation that promotes economic, environmental and social sustainability. The initiative provides all companies and organisations with a comprehensive sustainability reporting framework that is widely used around the world.
» Home page: www.database.globalreporting.org
Clean Energy Portal
reegle.info is a content-rich clean energy portal run by Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership. It provides information from thousands of trusted sources and makes sense of it all with clear, concise presentation. The portal currently draws more than 220,000 visitors per month.
Listen to Martin Hiller, Director General of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) in Austria, explain about it here:
All data in the reegle.info database are available free of charge for re-use by others. We found it interesting to check out the country-profiles of Denmark, India, and Australia.
» Home page: reegle.info
Clean Energy Ministerial
The Clean Energy Ministerial is a global forum to share best practices and promote policies and programs that encourage and facilitate the transition to a global clean energy economy. Its initiatives help reduce emissions, improve energy security, provide energy access, and sustain economic growth.
» Home page: www.cleanenergyministerial.org
Climate Technology Centre and Network
From the latest technical developments in renewable energy to innovative cropping techniques, the role of technology and research in tackling climate change in developing countries is the focus of a new facility which was (finally!) launched by the United Nations on 1 March 2013: The Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) — which aims to speed up the transfer of climate-related technology and expertise to developing countries in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
» UNEP press release: About the launch
Education: Go Green
Edutopia’s Green Teacher’s Resources “shares evidence-based K-12 learning strategies that empower you to improve education.” — “Explore our ever-expanding trove of environmentally conscious teaching tools. Search for lesson plans, web sites, and educational resources by topic, grade level, cost, or location.”
» Start page: www.edutopia.org/go-green
Your healthy planet
An organisation which seeks to attract ten thousand healthy, green and sustainable individuals, businesses, clubs and organisations onto its Ethical Marketplace and open the first Living Learning Center.
» Home page: www.yourhealthyplanet.com
Springwise Idea database
Springwise, a London-based independent innovation firm, scans the globe for the most promising new business ideas, and has a long list of entrepreneurial ideas from all over the world in the field of eco & sustainability. Almost every week, a new idea is filed here, for instance: a battery-free lamp powered by gravity.
» Start page: springwise.com/eco_sustainability
The Green Register has a category for green innovations — ‘greenovations’ — subdivided in ‘business greenovations’, ‘energy saving greenovations’ and ‘home greenovations’:
» Start page: www.thegreenregister.com/category/greenovations
Search on solar in Make Magazine — and browse through the hundreds of innovations and ideas in the field of solar powered devices. Make Magazine “has been the catalyst for a worldwide Maker Movement that is transforming innovation in industry, hands-on learning in education and the personal lives of makers of all ages.”
IISD Research Library
The International Institute for Sustainable Development in Canada is “connecting people to knowledge and ideas about sustainable development”. Appart from being a research library, they have a web-magazine, and an open, online Research Library Database.
For instance, click here to make a search in the database on Climate Change
» Home page: www.iisd.org/ic
► One Green Earth is a global directory for a wide range of categories within the green sector, business as well as private. In this directory you can also add your own URL free of charge. » onegreenearth.com
► The Green Directory in Canada has set their goal “to make Green Directory the the most informative site online to find guides, information, news, and resources about Green Businesses and Green Living” — but unfortunately for the rest of us, it is built for the Canadians only. When you make a search, you’ll be asked to type your Canadian city, province or postal code before you can proceed. » greendirectory.ca
► Earth & Economy is a “business directory and environmental news featuring respectable organisations making positive environmental and social contributions to our world community.” » earthandeconomy.com
► The Green Pro Directory in New York calls their directory ‘The Public’s Eco Resource Center’. In 2010 it reported to have over 50,000 green professionals, companies, organisations and resources located throughout the US. The initiative was started by “regular citizens that wanted to better practice environmental stewardship”. It seems to have slowed down their level of activity by now, though. » greenprodirectory.com
Getting more scientific about the matter, NASA has developed the Global Change Master Directory which holds more than 28,000 Earth science data set and service descriptions within environmental sciences. The mission of the directory is to assist researchers, policy makers, and the public in the discovery of and access to data and information relevant to global change and Earth science research.
Climate Awareness and Solutions Sites
» Home page: www.realitydrop.org
The World We Want web platform
A joint initiative between the United Nations and civil society, ‘The World We Want’ gathers the priorities of people from every corner of the world and help build a collective vision that will be used directly by the United Nations and world leaders to plan a new development agenda launching in 2015 — “one that is based on the aspirations of all citizens”.
» Home page: www.worldwewant2015.org
Stop Climate Chaos Coalition
Stop Climate Chaos Coalition is allegedly the United Kingdom’s largest group of people dedicated to action on climate change and limiting its impact on the world’s poorest communities: “Our combined supporter base of more than 11 million people spans over 100 organisations, from environment and development charities to unions, faith and belief, community and women’s groups. We’re building a climate movement. Are you with us?”
» Home page: www.stopclimatechaos.org
10:10 – cutting carbon 10 percent a year
An ambitious project to unite every sector of society behind one simple idea: cutting our carbon by 10 percent a year, starting now.
“Any individual, family, business or organisation can make the cuts — and by working together we can make a real difference.”
» Home page: www.1010global.org
Global Campaign for Climate Action
A global alliance of more than 270 non-profit organisations all over the world. The Global Campaign for Climate Action runs (ran? – not sure!) the TckTckTck campaign — ‘The Global Campaign for Climate Action’ — which “strengthens global civil society action to prevent catastrophic climate change, adapt to climate impacts and make the transition to a more sustainable and just world.” (From the website, it is not clear if the campaign is still running, or if it stopped in 2011.)
» Home page: www.gc-ca.org
1 Million Women
“What if living better doesn’t have to be difficult? What if our everyday choices add up to a big difference for the planet and future generations? What if 1 million women were making it that simple? 1 Million Women launched in 2009 in Australia as a community of women determined to act on climate change.
» Home page: www.1millionwomen.com.au
Global Power Shift
“Global Power Shift will begin with an international climate leaders summit of mostly young people in Istanbul, Turkey, June 24-30, 2013. (…) Local groups will in turn educate the public about the realities and solutions to climate change, implement solutions projects and campaigns, and begin to recruit for mass global action leading into 2014 and 2015.”
» Home page: www.globalpowershift.org
Climate Change Guide
Laurent Cousineau in Montreal, Canada, built this website as a means to raise awareness on this issue and to build a community on climate change.
» Home page: www.climate-change-guide.com
Peaceful Uprising is a nonprofit collective committed to action to combat the climate crisis and build a just, healthy world. The collective seeks to inspire citizens to recognise themselves as agents of change, and to build communities that empower and enable each of us to take effective, necessary nonviolent action.
» Home page: www.peacefuluprising.org
Climate Solutions’ mission is “to accelerate practical and profitable solutions to global warming by galvanizing leadership, growing investment and bridging divides.” Since 1998, Climate Solutions has pioneered the vision and cultivated political leadership in the Northwest of USA for the proposition that clean energy and broadly-shared economic prosperity can go hand-in-hand. Through programmes like New Energy Cities, Business Leaders for Climate Solutions and Harvesting Clean Energy, Climate Solutions builds a constituency for local, regional and national action on climate and clean energy policies.
» Home page: climatesolutions.org
The Solutions Project
“It’s not enough to simply be against something.” The Solutions Project wants to use “science + business + culture to accelerate the transition to 100% renewable energy.”
Mother Jones – 3 January 2013:
Mark Ruffalo Wants You to Imagine a 100 Percent Clean Energy Future
The celebrity activist isn’t just against fracking; he wants to turn the conversation to green solutions.
» Inquiring Minds – Climatedesk.org’s podcast on soundcloud.com:
Mark Ruffalo – Our 100 Percent Clean Energy Future
In this brilliant podcast, Mark Ruffalo talks about his vision for a clean energy future, what he’s doing about it, and how you can help. If you don’t have an hour to listen to this podcast, then start with listening to the three-and-a-half minutes from 31:15 to 34:45.
MOSAIC: Put Solar On It
– an exemplary toolbox concept by MOSAIC:
» Pledge and toolbox page: www.joinmosaic.com/putsolaronit
Connect4Climate is a campaign, a coalition, and a community that cares about climate change. The goal of Connect4Climate is to create a participatory, open knowledge platform that engages the global community in climate change conversation to drive local action through advocacy, operational support, research, and capacity building.
» Home page: connect4climate.org
Teens Turning Green
“We hope to empower and inspire youth everywhere to realize their potential, take action, and affect change. We strive to show how interconnected we, as young people of today’s world, are with the each other and the environment. Through initiatives like Project Green Challenge and Project Lunch, participants learn how to live and act sustainably, also encouraging schools and communities to do the same! We promote conscious decisions across the board.”.
» Home page: www.teensturninggreen.org
Enviro Media Association
The Californian Enviro Media Association mobilises the entertainment industry in the US in an effort to educate people about environmental issues and inspire them into action. It is “a nonprofit organization dedicated to harnessing the power of the entertainment industry and the media to educate the global public on environmental issues and motivate sustainable lifestyles. Linking the power of celebrity to environmental awareness, EMA believes that through television, film and music, the entertainment community can affect change in a positive way.”
» Home page: www.ema-online.org
“A leading source of socially relevant news”.
» Home page: www.takepart.com/environment
The Green Guide
“The directory for planet-friendly living”.
» Home page: www.greenguide.co.uk
Good climate safety ideas
– worth promoting
The Carbon Disclosure Project
The Carbon Disclosure Project is an independent not-for-profit organisation working to drive greenhouse gas emissions reduction and sustainable water use by business and cities.
They provide a transformative global system for thousands of companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage and share environmental information. Their idea is that when provided with the necessary information, market forces can be a major cause of change. “Working with the world’s largest investors, businesses and governments, the Carbon Disclosure Project is uniquely positioned to catalyze action towards a more sustainable economy.”
500 largest companies asked
In 2012, Carbon Disclosure Project’s list of the world’s best companies in terms of climate change disclosure and performance shamefully revealed that large companies such as Apple and Amazon.com — shamefully — were ‘non-responders’ to the request for a report on their emissions. Generally, four out of five among the world’s 500 largest companies managed to reply.
» Here is an article about this.
Renewable energy payments
This video explains the meaning of ‘renewable energy payments’ — also known as ‘feed-in tariff’ or ‘clean contracts’ — and why it is an effective way of increasing the amount of renewable energy produced in a province, state or country.
According to Bill McKibben of 350.org, Germany is the only large economy that is taking the threat of climate change seriously, and according to The Green Word it is in particular the implementation of renewable energy payments that has helped Germany become one of the world leaders in renewable energy.
The mission of Alliance for Renewable Energy is to build support in North America for bold, proven, renewable energy policies that will rapidly increase our shift from fossil fuels to decentralised, clean, renewable energy.
» Home page: www.allianceforrenewableenergy.org
Green Business Certification
“Customers want to buy from eco-friendly companies, so gain a competitive advantage by displaying the Green Business Bureau seal, the Green Business Certificate. Businesses that earn the certification also save on energy and material costs. Thousands of small business owners across America have joined this which also gives them access to an online sustainability tool that helps assess, manage and report on a library of 400-plus green initiatives.
» Home page: www.gbb.org
Carbon Neutral Certification
In Australia, you can be certified as carbon neutral. Australia has Carbon Neutral Program — the only government backed carbon neutral program — which assures business, employeers, customers and shareholders of a company’s sustainability commitment.
» Home page: www.lowcarbonaustralia.com.au
Crowdfunding renewable energy
When governments can’t figure it out, individuals nowadays luckily have a new tool: crowdfunding.
In January 2013, an American company called Mosaic made a splash in the renewable energy world when it introduced a crowd-funding platform that makes it possible for small, non-accredited investors to earn interest financing clean energy projects.
When Mosaic posted its first four investments online — solar projects offering 4.5 percent returns to investors who could participate with loans as small as US$ 25 — the company’s co-founder, Billy Parish, thought it would take a month to raise the $313,000 required. Within 24 hours, 435 people had invested and the projects were sold out. The company had spent just $1,000 on marketing. All told, by 6 March Mosaic had raised $1.1 million for a dozen solar projects.
Crowdfunding-platform for solar projects in developing countries
Another group has set up a site which is equivalent to kickstarter.com, called sunfunder.com — a crowdfunding platform to finance off-grid solar projects in developing countries. It was chosen as winner of Facebook’s ‘Cleantech Goes Social Contest’ 2013.
» Home page: www.sunfunder.com
The New York Times – 6 March 2013:
Crowdfunding Clean Energy
Mother Jones – 27 March 2013:
This Company Is Kickstarter for Solar Power
Oakland-based Mosaic figured out that pricy solar panels are much more affordable when the crowd chips in. By Kate Sheppard
Solar Schools is an innovative project to help schools crowdfund the cost of solar panels from their local community. » More at: solarschools.org.uk
Renewable Energy World – 11 March 2013:
Crowdfunding Coming of Age in Cleantech
With early stage capital for cleantech innovation becoming increasingly scarce, crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter, Indiegogo and a new crop of clean/green ones are beginning to emerge as significant sources of funding for selected next-gen clean technologies. By Dallas Kachan
A world you like with a climate you like
EU’s call for inspirational low-carbon project within the EU. The site has a map where you can “explore success stories from all over Europe”
» Home page: www.world-you-like.europa.eu
One Great Idea
A video series that brings together the leading thinking and lessons learned in the world of corporate sustainability.
» Home page: www.greenbiz.com/topic/one-great-idea
One person can
The One Person Can project is not affiliated with any particular environmental group or political party. It is for everyone.
It was initiated by Margaret Hender in Adelaide, Australia, who is also a chairman and spokesperson for CORENA, the Citizens Own Renewable Energy Network Australia.
» Home page: www.onepersoncan.org
Keep Earth in business
1% for the Planet is a growing global movement of more than 1,000 companies that donate 1% of their sales to approved environmental causes carried out by a network of more than 3,000 approved environmental organisations worldwide.
» Home page: www.onepercentfortheplanet.org
Green gamification — the use of games to make sustainability fun and rewarding — is on the rise: “There’s actually some real, solid progress at the intersection of two of today’s most disruptive business forces: gamification and sustainability,” wrote Ashok Kamal in Venturebeat on 30 January 2013:
GreenBiz.com – 19 March 2013:
The State of Green Business: Sustainability goes app crazy
As data increasingly spews from everything — buildings, vehicles, transit systems, cash registers and potentially every light fixture, switch, plug and machine — there’s a growing opportunity to capture it and make it useful for consumers and professionals. Some of it is making its way into apps. By Joel Makower
Sustainability- and energy-focused organisations
Organisations in The Guardian’s network
The British newspaper The Guardian has a network of around 30 content partners which are among the leading sustainability organisations in the world, running “The world’s best environment sites” — see the left column of this page:
With its headquarters in the US, founded by Bill McKibben (see video above), 350.org has grown to become a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis, led from the bottom up by thousands of volunteer organisers in over 188 countries.
“To preserve our planet, scientists tell us we must reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere from its current level of 392 parts per million to below 350 ppm. Therefore the name: 350.org.”
» Home page: 350.org
Global e-Sustainability Initiative
In collaboration with members from major Information and Communication Technology (ICT) companies and organisations around the globe, the Global e-Sustainability Initiative is a leading source of impartial information, resources and best practices for achieving integrated social and environmental sustainability through ICT. The Global e-Sustainability Initiative supports member initiatives in both developed and developing nations to quickly and effectively respond to issues such as climate change, energy efficiency, e-waste management and resource efficiency, responsible supply chain practices and human rights. “Building a sustainable world through responsible, ICT-enabled transformation.”
» Home page: www.gesi.org
“Communication technology has the potential to reduce emissions by 15 percent”
Smart 2020 report, written by the Climate Group on behalf of the Global e-Sustainability Initiative
The Guardian – 29 May 2013:
Communication is power: tackling the sustainability challenges of our time
Niall Dunne, BT’s chief sustainability officer, explains why communication technology can play a significant role in tackling global sustainability challenges
The International Energy Agency
IEA is the world’s top energy think tank. It is an autonomous organisation which works to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for its 28 member countries and beyond. It is at the heart of global dialogue on energy, providing authoritative and unbiased research, statistics, analysis and recommendations.
» Home page: www.iea.org
Global Energy Network Institute
The Global Energy Network Institute GENI is an international non-government non-profit volunteer organisation accredited with the United Nations and affiliated throughout the world. GENI researches and disseminates information on the relationships between population, development, the environment and energy issues and promotes a practical solution to the world’s most pressing problems through the global interconnection of renewable resource energy.
GENI’s vision is to accelerate the realisation of optimal, ecological sustainable energy solutions in the shortest possible time for peace, health and prosperity for all.
Working to stem climate change, build a more sustainable future and help the communities, people, and planet in crisis with green projects and initiatives. Based in California, USA.
» Home page: www.globalgreen.org
Carbon War Room
“Carbon War Room focuses on the market barriers that reinforce the status quo and prevent capital from flowing to sustainable solutions with compelling returns. Often, strong policy is a necessary but insufficient condition, and technology is not the bottleneck: Capital has to flow to solutions in a well-functioning market-place. Our vision is a world where over $1trillion invested in climate change solutions is an annual occurrence, not a historic milestone. We seek to accelerate profitable, entrepreneurial solutions that reduce carbon emissions at gigaton level.”
» Home page: www.carbonwarroom.com
R20 will show that 75 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions reductions needed by 2020 to limit the increase in world average temperature to 2 degrees Celsius can be achieved at no net cost. Arnold Schwarzenegger is R20’s founding chair.
» Home page: www.regions20.org
“Unleashing your talent to solve the world’s biggest problems”. Since 1987 and with head quarters in New York, USA, Echoing Green has provided more than 500 promising social entrepreneurs working in over forty countries with $31 million in start-up funding…
» Home page: www.echoinggreen.org
The Global Alliance for 100% Renewable Energy
At a conference in San Francisco on 17 April 2013, the alliance launched a new international campaign that seeks to build political will among a critical mass of decision makers and set a required goal of 100% renewable energies. Among the founding partners of the new alliance are the World Future Council, Renewables 100 Policy Institute, World Wind Energy Association, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, DeENet, World Bioenergy Association and ISES.
» Home page: www.go100percent.org
Citizens Climate Lobby
Citizens Climate Lobby is a relatively new, fastgrowing, nonpartisan, nonprofit group with 91 chapters across the United States and Canada. “If you want to join the fight to save the planet, to save creation for your grandchildren, there is no more effective step you could take than becoming an active member of this group,” Dr. James Hansen has said. “I think they’ve moved the needle on this issue,” said Bob Inglis, a South Carolina Republican.
“With a staff of 9 and about 700 active volunteers, the C.C.L. reports that in 2012 it conducted 534 meetings with members of Congress or the Canadian Parliament or their staffs; met with 24 newspaper editorial boards; published 537 letters to the editor; and directly prompted or placed 174 editorials, op-eds or articles, all focusing on this policy. In 2013, the group is on track to double or triple its outreach,” wrote the New York Times.
» Home page: www.citizensclimatelobby.org
Beyond Zero Emissions
Australia’s leading solutions-focused climate change research and education organisation.
» Home page: www.beyondzeroemissions.org
The Climate Council (previously ‘The Climate Institute’) is an independent research organisation established in 2005 by Australia’s government, based in Sydney, Australia. Today it is an independent body since the Abbott government wanted to shut it down when it came to power in 2013. The council is a reliable source of information about the science of climate change, the international action being taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and the economics of a carbon price. Working across sectors and disciplines with a positive and pragmatic approach, The Climate Council draws attention to critical issues and fosters the understanding and support necessary for the transition to a zero-carbon Australia.
» Home page: www.climatecouncil.org.au
The Climate Group
Founded in 2004 and based in London, The Climate Group works internationally with a coalition of companies, states, regions, cities and public figures as an independent, not-for-profit organisation working to inspire and catalyze leadership for a Clean Revolution: a low carbon future that is smarter, better and more prosperous — for all. Coordinated by The Climate Group, ‘The Clean Revolution’ is a partnership of international statesmen and governments, business leaders and corporations, thinkers and opinion formers.
» Home page: www.theclimategroup.org
Klimabevægelsen i Danmark (The Climate Movement in Denmark)
The Climate Movement in Denmark is a broad, popular movement which fights against global warming, and works for a serious climate policy in Denmark and internationally. The movement is independent of party politics.
» Home page: www.klimabevaegelsen.dk
Environmental Media Association
The Environmental Media Association is a nonprofit organisation dedicated to harnessing the power of the entertainment industry and the media to educate the global public on environmental issues.
» Home page: www.ema-online.org
Sustainability Science and Online News
The British newspaper The Guardian is a world-leading source for news about climate change. Personally, one of my favourites. The Guardian aims “to minimise our digital footprint while also maximising accessibility and reader experience, improving operational resilience and supporting commercial growth.”
Its environment-section highlights environment news, comment and discussion on key green, environmental and climate change issues from the Guardian.
» Climate Change: www.guardian.co.uk/environment/climate-change
» Environment: www.guardian.co.uk/environment
» Sustainability: www.guardian.co.uk/sustainability
Carbon Brief reports on the latest developments in climate science, and fact-checks stories about climate and energy online and in the press, from a UK point of view. They have funding and support provided by the European Climate Foundation.
» Home page: www.carbonbrief.org
The Climate Desk
The Climate Desk is a journalistic collaboration dedicated to exploring the impact—human, environmental, economic, political—of a changing climate. The partners are The Atlantic, Center for Investigative Reporting, The Guardian, Grist, Mother Jones, Slate, Wired, and PBS’s public-affairs show Need To Know.
» Home page: www.climatedesk.org
Climate News Network
“A free, ready-to-use factual service that brings you the latest news of climate change science.” Climate News Network is a news service led by four veteran British environmental reporters and broadcasters. They help both scientists and journalists to overcome the difficulties they face in reporting the vital facts about climate change.
The network delivers news and commentary about climate change for free to media outlets worldwide.
» Home page: www.climatenewsnetwork.net
InsideClimate News received the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in the US.
» Home page: www.insideclimatenews.org
Renewable Energy World
This online enterprise calls themselves nothing less than: “World’s #1 renewable energy network for news & information. Perhaps the single most recognized and trusted source for Renewable Energy News and Information on the Internet.”
I subscribe to their newsletter, and its true, they are recommendable, in particular within the field of business, renewables and sustainability.
» Home page: www.renewableenergyworld.com
Fresh Updates from the Green Energy Revolution
In the framework of paper.li, ‘Fresh Updates from the Green Energy Revolution’ gives you an alternative view of the news stream on the Internet.
A similar news service is getprismatic.com/ which you can set up to deliver you current news about green energy, renewables, and climate change (works best if a good part of your twitter connection are focused within this field, and you connect prismatic with twitter).
» Home page: www.getprismatic.com
“InsideClimate News is an award-winning, non-profit, non-partisan news organization that covers clean energy, carbon energy, nuclear energy and environmental science—plus the territory in between where law, policy and public opinion are shaped.”
» Home page: www.insideclimatenews.org
Discovery – on Global Warming
Once a week or so, Discovery Communications — “the number-one nonfiction media company” — run a story on global warming. They are usually worth checking out.
» Theme page: www.news.discovery.com/earth/global-warming
Also, I’d recommend you run through their articles on the topic of Alternative Power Sources.
The Energy Collective
theenergycollective.com is a leading aggregator of international energy experts, supposedly “The world’s best thinkers on energy & climate”, and a platform where online conversations about energy policy and climate change are led by these experts. Sponsored by Siemens and Shell, the site is run by Social Media Today — an online business-to-business community that “connect large organisations with people they want to influence”.
“Latest environment and energy news, green-IY projects, animal stories and more”…
» Website: www.huffingtonpost.com/green
We’ve been meeting a number of ‘sustainability bloggers’, and we’ve been brainstorming on some ideas whether it would be an idea to create a kind of network of independent ‘sustainability bloggers’ from around the world who once in a while could meet at festivals and conferences, maybe create some kind of a ‘superblog’ – or simply link up with each other via online videoconference/hangouts, in order to get inspiration from each other, share knowledge, and to strengthen the outreach of our work.
On Linkedin.com, we have started an informal network of freelance journalists and bloggers who write about sustainability, climate change and carbon emissions, ‘Bloggers for Climate Safety’.
Below follows a very unfinished list of independent sustainability bloggers from around the globe.
Blog about climate change, socialist ideas, activism and sustainability.
“My writing is based on my involvement in movements for social change.”
Climate Change will make our country better. Because it’s our only choice.
· Manila, Philippines
environmentalist; philosopher; father; nature lover; peace activist; revolutionary
A green blog dedicated to providing you with practical, helpful information on living a greener life.
“Bringing you the latest, most complete, thorough and honest investigation into what is means and how best to bring eco-consciousness and total wellness into your life in daily practice. Online since April of 2008 and still going strong.”
· California, USA
Blogger, writer, artist. More info
‘Sustainability, climate change, environment, coffee and stuff. Graham Readfearn is an Australia-based journalist who writes about the environment, climate change, energy and the role of lobbying and denial in the planet’s future.
This website originally started out as Mik Aidt’s kind of personal, digital notebook about carbon emissions, carbon awareness and climate change issues, problems and solutions. More people are collaborating and contributing today, still in the same spirit as a blog.
The first motto of this blog was: ‘Everything Begins With Awareness’
“Beat the spin; Read the Science”. The who – what – when – where – how of current climate research.
· Vancouver, Canada
An environmental chemist and sports fanatic from Melbourne, Australia. Works in the environmental industry in Vancouver and blogs regularly for CarbonTalks.
Sustainability Leaders connects sustainable tourism thinkers, shakers and doers. It offers sustainability insights, case studies and examples of environmental leadership and best practice in travel and tourism, including climate change mitigation and adaptation initiatives at hotels, resorts, tours and destinations.
Florian Kaefer, PhD
· Wellington, New Zealand
Researcher, Writer, Advisor
News, information and opinions about environmental issues from Canada and around the world.
“The Green Word is my way of sharing information about environmental issues.”
John Abraham is a professor of thermal sciences and Dana Nuccitelli is an environmental scientist. They write about climate science and scepticism.
Alexander White is a campaigner and writer who blogs on environmental issues in Australia, with a particular focus on climate politics and campaigning.
From a list of 800 environment bloggers, the British paper The Guardian has selected 10 who they call The world’s best environment bloggers – and they are now part of The Guardian’s environment blogs.
The top ten finalists in the UNEP World Environment Day 2013 Blogging Competition:
Bri Johnstone is a project coordinator and a student of communication design. Her interests are education, sustainability, simple and healthy living, and integrating design into business solutions.
Antonio Pasolini is a blogger, journalist, writer and film curator. He has been blogging about green issues since 2007. He writes to raise awareness about environmental issues.
» Blog: energyrefuge.com
Charles Immanuel Akhimien is a newly graduated medical doctor who is passionate about the environment. In addition, he writes for various environment and human rights blogs and volunteers for non-profit organizations.
Deja Dragovic is a freelance writer, minimalist, vegan and cyclist. Originally from Montenegro, she has lived, studied and worked in many countries and speaks 7 languages.
Elizabeth Bold is a blogger, businesswoman and mother. Elizabeth has been a passionate environmentalist since the age of ten. She blogs about current environmental issues as well as about her attempts at living sustainably.
Heidi Beckwith is a high school teacher who has long had an affinity for nature and desire to be a good steward of these things. A little over a year ago, she stumbled upon permaculture as a way to not just be sustainable, but also to heal the problem areas of the planet.
Inka Leisma loves to blog about eco-fashion, books, Finnish nature, cycling and recycling, and different aspects of society. For a living, she works in communications for a Finnish governmental agency.
Rajani Mani is a writer, documentary filmmaker and prolific doodler. She is very passionate about people’s mobilization and environmental action. As a filmmaker, she has attempted to tell stories that provoke and engage viewers in discussion and action.
Stefanie Neidenberg isn’t afraid to eat her vegetables! She waits at a cafe in her city and can also be found volunteering for things she believes in like equine riding therapy and wilderness protection.
Ty Schmidt is a father of two boys, physical therapist and chief pile turner at Carter’s Compost. He enjoys riding bikes, working in the garden, living simply, and learning something new every day.
» More about the blogger competition: unep.org
Here is a list of 80 more blogs
The One Green Earth Directory lists these 10 blogs.
What If We Change
I like the slogan of this web-magazine: “Let’s fix this earth”.
“Stories of hope on the future of our planet”. Produced in Holland.
» Home page: whatifwechange.org
“Practical, positive and focused on solutions you can trust”. Produced in Sydney, Australia.
» Home page greenlifestylemag.com.au
“India’s first mainstream green lifestyle magazine”. Produced in Delhi, India.
» Home page: facebook.com/greenlifemagazine
About “sustainable archtecture and landscape design”. Produced in Sydney, Australia. If you subscribe to the digital version for one year you all receive access to all 27 back issues plus the six new issues.
» Home page: greenmagazine.com.au
Nature – Climate Change
Nature Climate Change is a monthly journal dedicated to publishing the most significant and cutting-edge research on the science of climate change, its impacts and wider implications for the economy, society and policy.
» Home page: nature.com/nclimate
News.me Daily Briefing
Top stories and ‘talk of the town’ from Facebook and Twitter delivered to your inbox as a newsletter. If your Twitter and Facebook friends and activities reflect your interest in climate change and sustainability, then it is a very good idea to subscribe to News.me Daily Briefing, which will then send you the most popular stories currently circulating in these two social media platforms within this topic. A very useful and recommendable tool to stay in tune with the ‘buzz’ on social media.
» Subscribe: news.me
InsideClimate News won of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting and is one of the biggest environmental newsrooms in the U.S. — non-profit, non partisan and aiming to come to full scale.
» Subscribe: insideclimatenews.org
I can recommend subscribing to GreenBuzz which is published by GreenBizz.com. A daily newsletter, delivered every weekday morning, with daily updates of breaking news, insights from Joel Makower, and special sections for Technology, Buildings and Facilities, Energy and Carbon tools, and more.
» Subscribe: info.greenbiz.com
You can subscribe to ‘email alerts’, e-mail updates on progressive ideas and policies, from the ThinkProgress team, as well as the daily Progress Report, a review of the reality behind the news from the ThinkProgress team at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, and the weekly InProgress, resource guide to current and upcoming reports, events, and news analysis from the Center for American Progress.
» Subscribe: thinkprogress.org/signup
Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy
The English edition of the newsletter from Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy keeps you up to date on upcoming events, new studies and much more activities of the Wuppertal Institute, and tells you about European and German projects you don’t hear about anywhere else in the news stream. It is published about once a month.
» Subscribe: wupperinst.org
Renewable Energy World’s e-newsletters
Renewable Energy World covers all renewable energy technologies:
Solar Energy – Wind Power – Geothermal – Hydropower – Hydrogen – Bio Energy – Ocean Energy – Green Power – and other emerging renewable energy technologies. More than 100,000 readers strong, their range of free e-newsletters are a good choice for anyone interested in renewable energy.
» Subscribe: renewableenergyworld.com
Author Paul Gilding’s newsletter Cockatoo Chronicles. You’ll find the subscribe button in the right column.
» Subscribe: paulgilding.com/view/cockatoo-chronicles
Podcasts, radio and tv
TV: Climate Change TV
TV: Sustainability Television
Sustainability News & Entertainment Radio
Podcast: This Week in Energy
Podcast: Beyond Zero – Community
Monday 5:00pm to 6:00pm. Australian radio podcast produced by the staff of the organisation Beyond Zero Emissions. “Climate change – what’s hot and what’s not. Find out what is happening in community campaigns around the country, as well as the latest science and the solutions that are available now.”
Latest episode: www.3cr.org.au/beyondzero
Podcast: Beyond Zero – Science and Solutions
Friday 8:30am to 9:00am. Australian radio podcast produced by the staff of the organisation Beyond Zero Emissions. “Climate change – what’s hot and what’s not. Find out what is happening in community campaigns around the country, as well as the latest science and the solutions that are available now.”
» Latest episode: www.3cr.org.au/beyondzero-0
Podcast: The Environment Show
“A leading Australian program on sustainability and the environment” using multi-media platforms, including radio, podcast and blog: “The Environment Show features important current environment issues, interviews with leading campaigners and experts, best practice and solutions to our big environmental challenges, how you can find work in the environment, travel to pristine natural places, reviews of environmental films and books, and a what’s-on guide to events.”
» Home page: www.theenvironmentshow.com
» Facebook page: www.facebook.com/EnvironmentShow
Mrs Green’s World
“We are creating a community of people who care about the planet. Join us each week to learn everything from simple tips to live green to living life in balance. You will hear cutting edge leaders from around the world share exciting information about energy, technology, automobiles, healthy living, fashion and so much more. Listen to Mrs. Green’s World live every Saturday at noon.”
» Home page: mrsgreensworld.com
» Archived podcasts: mrsgreensworld.com/past-shows
The Green Divas Radio Show
“Sharing low-stress ways to live a deeper shade of green” – radio show, podcast, blog, tv. “Green content with a sense of humor and eco-style”.
Thursdays 4–5pm EST via HomeGrownRadioNJ.org. Podcast available via iHeart Radio, Stitcher, iTunes, Swell Radio, Spreaker or listen from the GD Podcast page.
» Home page: www.thegreendivas.com/green-divas-radio-show
» Pinterest boards: www.pinterest.com/GreenDivas
Go Green Radio
“If the world’s natural resources were evenly distributed, people in 2050 will only have 25% of the resources per capita that people in 1950 had. If we intend to leave our children and grandchildren with the same standard of living we have enjoyed, we must preserve the foundation of that standard of living. Go Green Radio is the beginning of an important new shift in the way we treat our world.
This grassroots program promotes the very best character traits in children and adults: caring for yourself and caring for others. Through simple, responsible behavior shifts, together we can protect human health through environmental stewardship.”
Go Green Radio airs live every Friday at 9am Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica.
» Listen: voiceamerica.com/show/1303/go-green-radio
Podcast: On The Green Front
Leading radio show on climate change which unfortunately recently closed. It was presented by veteran green radio host Betsy Rosenberg.
» Home page: www.thegreenfront.com
» Progressive Radio Network front page: www.prn.fm/shows/environmental-shows/on-the-green-front
» Archived podcasts: www.prn.fm/category/archives/on-the-green-front
If You Love This Planet
Archive of nearly 200 radio programmes by Helen Caldicott, M.D.. After four-and-half-years on the air, ‘If You Love This Planet’ ended in December 2012.
» Listen: www.ifyoulovethisplanet.org
Climate Change TV
Responding to Climate Change (RTCC) is a non-governmental organisation and an official observer to the United Nations climate change negotiations dedicated to raising awareness about climate change issues. RTCC also officially supports the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in its outreach programme through Climate Change TV, the world’s first online video broadcaster dedicated entirely to climate change issues.
Climate Change channels on YouTube.com
Read the current #ClimateSecurity thread on Twitter.
GEELONG PAGES ON FACEBOOK
Environmental climate pages such as
‘Green’ pages such as
Solar and cleantech companies such as
» Geelong Sustainability’s Facebook Group
» Geelong Climate Action Network
» Transition Town South Barwon
» Barwon Heads Sustainability Group
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MELBOURNE AND VICTORIA ON FACEBOOK
Darebin Climate Action Now – Facebook group:
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AUSTRALIA ON FACEBOOK
Climate action and environmental sustainability pages such as:
» Climate Change (Australia) – Facebook group:
» Aussies Against Fracking – Facebook Group:
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INTERNATIONAL FACEBOOK PAGES
NB: The above list of Facebook pages is only a small fraction of what is out there. But this might get you started.
Sustainability and Climate on Pinterest
► Alliance for Climate Education boards:
– Climate news
– Read, watch, and learn
– Green at home
– Green design for all
– Inspiring activists
– Protect our planet!
– All Things Green
– Sustainable Community
– Putting the art in earth
– Climate cartoons
– Quotes & jokes
► Centre for Climate Safety boards:
→ Greenovation and Solutions
→ Carbon reduction tips
→ 100% Renewable Energy
→ Pathway to a decarbonised world
→ Green Cities
→ Sustainable Business Practices
→ Climate Change Optimism
→ Climate Change Activism
→ Must-see Climate Change Videos
→ Climate Change Videos
→ Climate Change Talk
→ Renewable Energy
→ Climate Change Art
→ Climate Change Music
→ Climate Change Posters
→ Climate Change and Food
→ Climate Change and Faith
→ Climate Change and Children
→ Climate Change and Youth
→ Climate Change Crisis
→ Big Oil
→ Climate Change Denial
→ Carbon World War
→ Climate Change Humour
→ Planet Earth
► Tracy Walker: NO Fracking Way!!
► Laura Lee Dooley: Climate Change Impacts
► Chrom Solutions: Climate Change
► Raptor Enthusiast: Climate Change
► fjcamarena: Climate Change
► Moms Clean Air Force: Climate Change
► Green Divas: Green Divas
► Many many more boards with this title: Climate Change
Books, reports and recommended reading
Climate Changed: A Personal Journey through the Science
By Philippe Squarzoni
“What are the causes and consequences of climate change? When the scale is so big, can an individual make any difference? Documentary, diary, and masterwork graphic novel, this up-to-date look at our planet and how we live on it explains what global warming is all about.”
» Article about the book in Grist Magazine: This graphic novelist tells the true story of climate change
» Available on www.amazon.com
‘Requiem for a Species’
By Clive Hamilton
“Australian academic Clive Hamilton which explores climate change denial and its implications. The book argues that climate change will bring about large-scale, harmful consequences for habitability for life on Earth including humans, which it is too late to prevent.”
» Home page: www.clivehamilton.com/books/requiem-for-a-species
» Wikipedia page about the book: www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Requiem_for_a_Species
» Extract on: www.theguardian.com
» By same author: ‘Scorcher: the dirty politics of climate change’ from 2007.
‘The Climate Bonus – Co-benefits of Climate Policy’
By Alison Smith
“This book shows us how, instead of being paralysed by the threat of climate change, we can use it as a stimulus to escape from our dependence on polluting fossil fuels, and make the transition to a cleaner, safer and more sustainable future. The book maps out the links between low carbon policies and their co-benefits, and shows how low carbon policies can lead to cleaner air and water, conservation of forests, more sustainable agriculture, less waste, safer and more secure energy, cost savings for households and businesses and a stronger and more stable economy. The book discusses the ways in which joined-up policies can help to maximise the synergies and minimise the conflicts between climate policy and other aspects of sustainability. Through rigorous analysis of the facts, the author presents well-reasoned and evidenced recommendations for policy-makers and all those with an interest in making a healthier and happier society.”
» Read more on www.routledge.com
‘The Great Disruption’
By Paul Gilding
“The Great Disruption offers a stark and unflinching look at the challenge humanity faces-yet also a deeply optimistic message. The coming decades will see loss, suffering, and conflict as our planetary overdraft is paid; however, they will also bring out the best humanity can offer: compassion, innovation, resilience, and adaptability. Gilding tells us how to fight-and win-what he calls The One Degree War to prevent catastrophic warming of the earth, and how to start today.”
‘Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist’
By Bill McKibben
Bestselling author and environmental activist Bill McKibben recounts the personal and global story of the fight to build and preserve a sustainable planet. Bill McKibben is not a person you’d expect to find handcuffed in the city jail in Washington, D.C. But that’s where he spent three days in the summer of 2011, after leading the largest civil disobedience in thirty years to protest the Keystone XL pipeline. A few months later the protesters would see their efforts rewarded when President Obama agreed to put the project on hold.
» Read more: www.billmckibben.com
State of the World 2013
State of the World 2013 cuts through the rhetoric surrounding sustainability, offering a broad and realistic look at how close we are to fulfilling it today and which practices and policies will steer us in the right direction.
In ‘State of the World 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible?’ thought leaders attempt to restore meaning to sustainability as more than just a marketing tool. Experts define clear sustainability metrics and examine various policies and perspectives, including geoengineering, corporate transformation, and changes in agricultural policy, that could put us on the path to prosperity without diminishing the well-being of future generations.
» Info about the book: www.worldwatch.org
» Download preview: State of the World 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible? Preview Edition (PDF)
Good 32-page report about the climate problem as well about the solutions. Published by The Climate Institute.
» Download the report here: www.climateinstitute.org.au (PDF)
‘The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change’
By Al Gore
Al Gore surveys our planet’s beclouded horizon
“With the same passion he brought to the challenge of climate change, and with his decades of experience on the front lines of global policy, Al Gore surveys our planet’s beclouded horizon and offers a sober, learned, and ultimately hopeful forecast.” In ‘The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change’, Al Gore identifies the emerging forces that are reshaping our world. (…)
A deeply flawed economic compass is leading us to unsustainable growth in consumption, pollution flows, and depletion of the planet’s strategic resources of topsoil, freshwater, and living species. There has been a radical disruption of the relationship between human beings and the earth’s ecosystems, along with the beginning of a revolutionary transformation of energy systems, agriculture, transportation, and construction worldwide.”
“Provocative, smart, densely argued … a tour de force of Big Picture thinking.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“A luminously intelligent analysis that is packed with arresting ideas and facts.”
— The Guardian
Al Gore’s campaign, the Climate Reality Project, states that “We are all paying the price of carbon pollution. It’s time to put a price on carbon and make the polluters stop the carbon destruction”, and he had a new book out in February, ‘The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change’, which a reviewer in the Danish newspaper Politiken headlined, ‘Yet another climate book from Al Gore, but is anyone listening?’.
Back in 1992, Al Gore wrote the book ‘Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit’ — the title in itself tells you his message — and in 2007, he published ‘An Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis of Global Warming’ which was also made into a famous documentary film.
» Read more about ‘The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change’ on Amazon.com
Making the climate crisis into a drama, a Canadian film company started communicating about ‘the climapocolypse’ already in 2008, creating the kind of narrative that scientists with their reports and conferences have not been able to.
‘Burn Up’ is a high stakes conspiracy thriller set against the backdrop of the oil industry. “It is a story that mirrors the world in which we live – where we struggle to be both economically successful and globally responsible.”
“We follow the charismatic and ambitious Tom McConnell who, at first glance, seems like the perfect man to take over as the new chairman of Arrow Oil. But after an Inuit woman lights herself on fire, in protest against what the oil companies are doing to her native land, Tom begins a dangerous inquiry into the dealings of his company. ‘Burn Up’ is an eviscerating tale where the stakes are terrifyingly real.”
Gemini Award Winner. Produced by SEVEN24 Films, one of Canada’s leading production companies.
‘Climate Code Red’
By Spratt & Sutton
“This is a call to action to stop emissions now before the earth’s climate systems reach a point of no return.
The authors present a compelling argument for the unacceptable inaction of politics and business as usual. A realistic framework is proposed that will tackle the emergency the all of the earth’s inhabitants will face.”
‘The Weather Makers’
By Tim Flannery
“In this groundbreaking and essential book, Tim Flannery argues passionately for the urgent need to address – NOW – the implications of a global climate change that is damaging all life on earth and endangering our very survival.
This book is unimpeachable in its authority, deftly and accessibly written in its vision for what each of us can do to avoid catastrophe. It is a global call to arms, laying out plainly if not controversially what we know, what we think might happen, and what tools we have available to us to make a difference. The Weather Makers will change your life.”
‘Storms of My Grandchildren’
By James Hansen
‘Storms of my grandchildren: the truth about the coming climate catastrophe and our last chance to save humanity’
Dr. James Hansen, the world’s leading climatologist, shows that exactly contrary to the impression the public has received, the science of climate change has become even clearer and sharper since the hardcover was released. In ‘Storms of My Grandchildren’, Hansen speaks out with the full truth about global warming: The planet is hurtling even more rapidly than previously acknowledged to a climatic point of no return. In explaining the science of climate change, Hansen paints a devastating but all-too-realistic picture of what will happen in our children’s and grandchildren’s lifetimes if we follow the course we’re on. But he is also an optimist, showing that there is still time to take the urgent, strong action that is needed – just barely. The book was published in 2009.
» Read more on Amazon.com
» Home page for the book: stormsofmygrandchildren.com
‘The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars’
By Michael Mann
“Michael E. Mann, lead author of the original paper in which the Hockey Stick first appeared, shares the real story of the science and politics behind this controversy. He introduces key figures in the oil and energy industries, and the media front groups who do their bidding in sometimes slick, bare-knuckled ways to cast doubt on the science. Mann concludes with an account of the “Climategate” scandal, the 2009 hacking of climate scientists’ emails. Throughout, Mann reveals the role of science deniers, abetted by an uninformed media, in once again diverting attention away from one of the central scientific and policy issues of our time.”
» Read more on Amazon.com
‘Merchants of Doubt’
By Naomi Oreskes and Eric Conway
“How can it be that scientists who study the matter are so certain that human activity is causing global warming, yet there be so much doubt among the general public? Naomi Oreskes and Eric Conway’s book goes a long way toward explaining this anomaly. Further, it exposes the individuals who are doing their best to seed this doubt, and who have successfully muddied the picture about scientific results in the past. Climate denial is part of a broader pattern of casting doubt on science, perpetrated by people who care less about the truth than about economic dogma and their own vested interests.”
» Review on books.gather.com
‘Madlands: A Journey to Change the Mind of a Climate Sceptic’
By Anna Rose
“Anna Rose, environmental crusader since the age of fourteen and co-founder of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, is on a mission. This is the story of her biggest challenge yet: a whirlwind journey around the world with conservative powerbroker and arch climate sceptic Nick Minchin.”
» More info on www.annarose.net.au/books
‘Living in denial: Climate change, emotions, and everyday life’
By Kari Marie Norgaard
“In Living in Denial, sociologist Kari Norgaard searches for answers to this question, drawing on interviews and ethnographic data from her study of “Bygdaby,” the fictional name of an actual rural community in western Norway, during the unusually warm winter of 2000-2001. (…)
Norgaard traces this denial through multiple levels, from emotions to cultural norms to political economy. Her report from Bygdaby, supplemented by comparisons throughout the book to the United States, tells a larger story behind our paralysis in the face of today’s alarming predictions from climate scientists.”
» The book can be purchased on amazon.com
Up-to-date summaries – Free downloads online
IPCC AR5 Summaries for Policymakers
By United Nations’ climate panel IPCC:
WG I: The Physical Science Basis – 2013
WG II: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability – 2014
WG III: Mitigation of Climate Change – 2014
» Read more: www.ipcc.ch
‘Climate Change: Evidence & Causes’
By Royal Society
» Read more: www.royalsociety.org
‘What We Know: The Reality, Risks and Response to Climate Change’
Report by the American Academy for the Advancement of Science
» Read more: www.whatweknow.aaas.org/get-the-facts
The great climate experiment
With an Australian focus
‘Zero Carbon Australia Stationary Energy Plan’
By Beyond Zero Emissions
Launched in 2010
Beyond Zero Emissions is developing a detailed, costed blueprint for the transition to a completely decarbonised Australian economy within a decade. The Zero Carbon Australia Project (ZCA2020) will consist of 6 transition plans covering the 6 sectors of energy, buildings, transport, land use, industrial processes and coal exports. Stationary Energy Plan
The plan demonstrates that 100% renewable energy is achievable and affordable. It designs a fully costed and detailed system of concentrated solar thermal plants and large scale wind farms, and it proves that with commercially available and proven technologies renewable energy can power Australia within 10 years.
‘Screw Light Bulbs: Smarter ways to save Australians time and money’
By Green & Minchin
“Do we risk crashing our economy by tackling climate change? Should we stop eating chocolate for the good of the planet? How did cheap petrol become so expensive? And what’s the real story behind Australia’s light bulb ban? ‘Screw Light Bulbs’ is the book for Australians who want environmental solutions that go beyond changing light bulbs.”
The authors are making a mistake with what they write about fracking and gas mining, but apart from that this book is worth reading.
‘Four Degrees of Global Warming’
Edited by Peter Christoff
“ ‘Four Degrees of Global Warming – Australia in a Hot World’ is an important book that addresses the defining question of the 21st century: Can we really afford to let the world slip down the warming slope – towards the 4 degrees mark or even beyond? The authors provide compelling evidence from the Australian perspective that the answer reads “no”. Peter Christoff should be praised for initiating and editing this colossal intellectual effort.”
– Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Postdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany
» Read more on www.amazon.com
‘Rich Land Wasteland’
By Sharyn Munro
“For nearly a year Sharyn Munro travelled through rural Australia, visiting communities in coal-mining areas. She found a war zone.”
“Every Australian politician ought be locked up with this book and not let out until they’ve read it; and then they should all be frog-marched around the devastated moonscapes that the mining industry has made while they were looking in some other direction.”
– Fred Baker, Knocklofty Press
‘Big Coal: Australia’s Dirtiest Habit’
By Guy Pearse, Bob Burton and David McKnight
“Former lobbyist and political insider Guy Pearse, media and politics commentator David McKnight and environment writer Bob Burton cut through the spin to expose the underbelly of an industry whose power continues to soar while its expansion feeds catastrophic climate change.”
» Read more on www.newsouthbooks.com.au
Climate science with an Australian focus
Free downloads online
‘The Critical Decade 2013: Climate Change Science, Risks and Responses’
By Climate Commission (now the Climate Council)
‘The Angry Summer 2013/2014’
‘Be Prepared: Climate Change and the Australian Bushfire Threat’
‘Heatwaves: Hotter, Longer and More Often’
‘The State of the Climate 2014’
By Bureau of Meteorology
Climate-related fiction literature
Climate change fiction, often referred to as ‘cli-fi’, is an emerging literary genre that focuses on the calamitous consequences of climate change, examining the impact of pollution, rising sea levels, and global warming on human civilisation.
‘Anna – A fable about the Earth’s climate and environment’
By Jostein Gaarder
‘Anna’ is a fabulous story that glides back and forth between time frames and the two main characters Anna and Nova. The plot of this exciting novel goes beyond the limits of possibility. At the same time, this is a serious story about how things may turn out for the Earth if we do not come to our senses and recognise our responsibility as residents of this planet. It’s still not too late. Is it? We can certainly be given another chance?
The book is being translated into Czech, German, Greek, Indonesian, and Spanish.
By RP Siegel and Roger Saillant
‘Vapor Trails’ is an eco-thriller by RP Siegel and Roger Saillant — the first in a series covering the human side of various sustainability issues including energy, food, and water in an exciting and entertaining format.
With stories derived from real world events, the book exposes intrigue at the highest corporate level which unravels when one senior executive defects from the dark conspiracy in order to escape from the burden of his past, regain self respect and perhaps open himself to the potential of a new love. Written by two authorities on sustainable business and the environment.
» Available as e-book on Amazon.com
‘Wool’ is a science-fiction’s underground hit, a New York Times bestseller. The story takes us to a ruined and toxic landscape, where a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo’s rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.
His fateful decision unleashes a drastic series of events. An unlikely candidate is appointed to replace him: Juliette, a mechanic with no training in law, whose special knack is fixing machines. Now Juliette is about to be entrusted with fixing her silo, and she will soon learn just how badly her world is broken. The silo is about to confront what its history has only hinted about and its inhabitants have never dared to whisper. Uprising.
» Available on Amazon.com
By Ian McEwan
“Solar is an engrossing and satirical novel which focuses on climate change. It is a stylish new work by one of the world’s greatest living writers about one man’s ambitions and self-deceptions.”
» Read more on: www.ianmcewan.com
By Liz Jensen
‘The Rapture’ by British-Danish author Liz Jensen is an electrifying psychological thriller that explores the dark extremes of mankind’s self-destruction in a world on the brink.
In a merciless summer of biblical heat and destructive winds, Gabrielle Fox’s main concern is a personal one: to rebuild her career as a psychologist after a shattering car accident. But when she is assigned Bethany Krall, one of the most dangerous teenagers in the country, she begins to fear she has made a terrible mistake. Raised on a diet of evangelistic hellfire, Bethany is violent, delusional, cruelly intuitive and insistent that she can foresee natural disasters — a claim which Gabrielle interprets as a symptom of doomsday delusion.
But when catastrophes begin to occur on the very dates Bethany has predicted, and a brilliant, gentle physicist enters the equation, the apocalyptic puzzle intensifies and the stakes multiply. Is the self-proclaimed Nostradamus of the psych ward the ultimate manipulator, or could she be the harbinger of imminent global cataclysm on a scale never seen before? And what can love mean in ‘interesting times’?
A haunting story of human passion and burning faith set against an adventure of tectonic proportions.
» Available on Amazon.com
By Barbara Kingsolver
‘Flight Behavior’ is Barbara Kingsolver’s fourteenth book. The novel is a heady exploration of climate change, along with media exploitation and political opportunism that lie at the root of what may be our most urgent modern dilemma.
Set in Appalachia, a region to which Kingsolver has returned often in both her acclaimed fiction and nonfiction, its suspenseful narrative traces the unforeseen impact of global concerns on the ordinary citizens of a rural community. As environmental, economic, and political issues converge, the residents of Feathertown, Tennessee, are forced to come to terms with their changing place in the larger world.
The book was in the New York Times bestseller list in June 2013. (Harper; November 2012; $28.99)
» Read more on www.kingsolver.com.
» Review on www.telegraph.co.uk.
You can search for climate fiction – ‘cli-fi’ – on Amazon, which will instantly give you a choice of over 730 different books.
Whereas 10 or 20 years ago it would have been difficult to identify even a handful of books that fell under this banner, there is now a growing corpus of novels setting out to warn readers of possible environmental nightmares to come.
Nathaniel Rich’s ‘Odds Against Tomorrow’ is set in a future New York, about a mathematician who deals in worst-case scenarios.
Australian author James Bradley’s ‘Clade’ from January 2015 is “a provocative, urgent novel about time, family and how a changing planet might change our lives”.
Missy Higgins wrote about it: “‘Clade’ begins with a scientist working in Antarctica while his wife is trying to conceive via IVF in Sydney. He becomes increasing frustrated with society’s refusal to heed the warnings of climate change, which leads him to feeling more and more anxious about the idea of bringing a child into this world. The book goes on to span multiple generations, showing the slow but devastating results of climate change on future generations. It is epic.”
Australian author Mireille Juchau’s third novel ‘The World Without Us’ from August 2015 is not about climate change, rather it is “a whispered account of the calamity facing an overheating and over-exploited planet” and the effects of the of the mining and fracking which spreading over the district where the story takes place. However, it has often been mentioned as part of the rapidly growing canon of ‘cli-fi’.
The South African-German film ‘The Lost Future’ tries to visualise what humanity’s post-apocalyptic future would look like – in a world where jungles, forests, primeval wetlands and deserts have obliterated civilisation.
» RenewEconomy – 4 December 2014:
Interstellar: Climate Change and the Evolution of Cli-Fi Movies
The evolution of Cli-Fi movies and climate lessons for the present. Article by Roberto Mera
» Grist – 8 April 2014:
Climate change: The hottest thing in science fiction
Some call it “cli-fi” — sci-fi infused with the increasingly frightening impacts of climate change. By Dave Burdick
» The Guardian – 31 May 2013:
Global warning: the rise of ‘cli-fi’
Unlike most science fiction, novels about climate change focus on an immediate and intense threat rather than discovery. Article by Rodge Glass
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» Dan Bloom is a passionate cli-fi blogger and reporter. In 2014, he posted almost 500 blogposts in his blog ‘Hollywood goes Cli-Fi’: www.klima101.blogspot.com.au