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High-Impact Climate Solutions You Can Take
Some climate actions make a bigger impact than others. Here are steps individuals can take that help reduce carbon emissions. First, keep in mind:
- Start with one action. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and do nothing!
- If you care about climate action, you’re not alone. Studies show the majority of Americans (78%) want action on climate, yet people dramatically underestimate how many people feel the same way.
- You have more influence than you realize. Share this list of actions with others and tell them what action you’re taking.
Influence Your Networks and Advocate
- Influence your networks. Help your workplace, book club, neighbors, family, or place of worship go green (share this list with them!)
- Vote and campaign for clean energy candidates, donate to their campaigns.
- State regulatory boards are powerful – they decide how, when, and where clean energy projects are built in your state. Oil and gas interests have deep influence with many of the boards—state regulatory board meetings are open to the public and they need to hear from residents pushing for clean energy. Start attending and bring friends.
Green Your Money
- Switch to a green bank or credit card, such as Aspiration, ATMOS, Ando. The world’s 60 largest banks lend trillions of dollars to the fossil fuel industry.
- Similarly, you can stop funding fossil fuels with your investments (401k, IRA, credit card).
- Pressure your university/alma mater to divest, getting rid of stocks or bonds that support oil and gas companies.
Electrify Your Life
- Install solar at your home and cut home carbon emissions completely.
- Buy or lease a new or used electric vehicle. EVs produce zero emissions, are fun to drive, and save you money over time.
- Replace old appliances with energy efficient ones: Electric or induction stove, heat pump, electric lawn mower/weed eater, electric clothes dryer, or an electric panel (breaker box)
- Electrify everything!
Want More Climate Solutions?
Here are a handful of great resources to learn and do more:
Share these climate solutions with your friends! You’re taking steps to accelerate high-impact climate solutions and they can, too.
About the Climate Comedy Cohort
The Climate Comedy Cohort is an unprecedented network of comedians who are coming together to learn, create hilarious new comedy informed by the hottest climate science, and take their work on the road in a series of live shows and short-form video content.
Co-created and directed by Generation180 and the Center for Media & Social Impact’s GoodLaugh initiative, the Climate Comedy Cohort brings together diverse comedians from around the country to flip the script on the way we think about climate change. The ultimate aim: to leverage humor as a strategy to change the climate narrative from doom and gloom to “we’ve got this!”—and shift how people see their role in clean energy.
Los Angeles, CARead MoreLess
Brad Einstein is a comedian, writer, actor, Webby Award-winning wilderness production consultant and “Brilliant Comedy Mastermind” according to some very kind exaggerators at Time Out New York. Along with his creative partner Kyle Niemer, he is a two-time National Parks Service Artist-in-Residence. Past credits include the Second City National Touring Company, Billy on the Street, Shameless, Chicago Fire, The Onion News Network, Outside Magazine Online, and The Aspen Ideas Festival.
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David Perdue is a stand up comedian, actor, podcaster & proud southerner based in Atlanta,GA. David enjoys seeing his name spelled correctly, making his family & friends laugh, rooting for his favorite local sports teams & most importantly NOT being a former U.S. Senator.
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Harris Alterman is a comedian from Denver currently performing in NYC. He has performed on a number of festivals including The Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, Limestone Comedy Festival, San Francisco Sketchfest, and The High Plains Comedy Festival. Harris is also the winner of the 2017 New Faces Contest at the Denver Comedy Works.
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Chicago, ILRead MoreLess
Kyle Niemer is an award-winning Chicago-based Director and federally recognized forest comedian. His work has aired nationally on Discovery, CBS and OutsideOnline; and has collaborated with noted brands across the country including HotWheels, MotorTrend and Guaranteed Rate. He is a Comedy Central Yes and Laughter Lab finalist, a two time NPS artist-in-residence and the 2022 Voice of the Wilderness recipient.
Brooklyn, NYRead MoreLess
Nikki Palumbo is a writer and comedian based in Brooklyn. Nikki recently wrote TikToks for Barbie (yes, that one) and previously wrote jokes for the Google Assistant (no, the other one). Nikki has contributed writing to The New Yorker’s Daily Shouts, McSweeney’s, Reductress, and the MTV TV & Movie Awards: Unscripted.
Paola Sanchez Abreu
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Paola is an actor, writer, voiceover artist, activist, and an undercover woo girl living in New York City. Her TV credits include Chicago Med, Madame Secretary, and The Code. She is also an organizer with Sunrise Movement NYC, working to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process.
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