2016 was a momentous year for the climate. 118 countries successfully ratified the Paris Agreement, making it one of the largest and most significant United Nations initiatives ever undertaken. It begins a transition of our global economy away from polluting fossil fuels and towards a clean, renewable future that keeps global temperatures within safe limits.
The world is beginning to move in the right direction, but at the same time there are forces rising against this progress – people who would like to see the past decade undone in the interest of short-term profits. Now more than ever the climate movement needs you!
Well over 70 million people tuned in to watch Leonardo DiCaprio’s film, Before the Flood, with hundreds of thousands of people signing up to take action to help ensure a safe and healthy climate for future generations. And you are one of those people!
So every month we will send you a collection of actions you can take to help make a difference on climate change. We also urge you to invite your friends to join the “Fight the Flood” action center on our website where they can sign up themselves and explore more ways to make a difference.
We thank you for being a climate warrior!
Action 1: End Amazon Oil Extraction
The Amazon rainforest regulates global weather, contains one-fifth of the world’s flowing fresh water, produces one-fifth of our oxygen, and is home to over 400 distinct indigenous peoples. Yet every day over 9 million gallons of Amazon crude are extracted from oil wells in the western Amazon and shipped to refineries in the U.S. This has a devastating triple carbon impact — burning of the oil, the emissions released from cutting down the rainforest, and the destruction of the world’s largest carbon sink. Help protect the Amazon and the many communities that call it home.
Action 2: Offset your Climate Impact
How big is your carbon impact? Now you can find out in less than 2 minutes through a simple quiz that asks you questions about your lifestyle and compares you to the average individual in your country. This is a non-profit initiative with proceeds going to protect pristine rainforests in Brazil, Madagascar, and Borneo. Your donation also “pays it forward” by supporting cutting-edge ocean conservation projects around the world.
Action 3: Send a Letter to the Future
We are in the midst of the most important challenge in history: the transition to clean energy. Our children, grandchildren and future generations will look back on this moment and wonder what actions we took. Dear Tomorrow is collecting and sharing letters, photos and videos about climate change action to inspire ourselves and others and to preserve this moment in history. All messages will be archived and made available in the years 2030 and 2050. Be a part of this history and add your voice now.