Plastic = Climate Change, Part 1

A Plastic Affair to Remember - Always. Plastic first came into our lives 150 years ago, and we fell in love, hard. But although it made and makes our lives wonderful in many ways - it comes with baggage now. Lots and lots of terrible baggage. This article, Part 1, outlines the impact plastic makes, … Continue reading Plastic = Climate Change, Part 1

Unique (and Downright Strange) Steps towards Zero Waste

The Next Steps in Recycling By Amy Copeland As we dutifully pitch our cardboard, glass, and the sometimes-hard-to-avoid plastic bottles into the recycling bin every week, it can feel like a lot is left over for the trashcan. That does not feel great. But it turns out, a lot more can be recycled that we … Continue reading Unique (and Downright Strange) Steps towards Zero Waste

Starter-Kit Action Plans now Available

So brief note: I am creating the Climate Steps Climate Action Plan Central (whoop!), found on https://climatesteps.org/action-plans-resolutions/. First, the goal of an action plan is to help you write down specific steps you think you can feasibly take, steps that are so specific numbers are even attached to them. Kindof like saying, "I will eat … Continue reading Starter-Kit Action Plans now Available

Another Round of New Year Climate Resolutions – 2019

So, I've been so busy starting my climate resolutions, that I haven't had a chance to write about them.  There are three main climate resolutions I have, but two have many parts to them (fun): 1) Get my solar panels installed 2) Catch up on the climate resolutions from 2017-2018 I haven't finished. 3) Build … Continue reading Another Round of New Year Climate Resolutions – 2019

Success – or Not? How did I do with the 42(!) New Year Climate Resolutions I had for 2018?

Time to sum up how I did on my 2018 Climate Resolutions! See how I did for each in my comments after each resolution in: 2018 New Year Climate Resolutions! Overall, I did better than expected, actually - considering my Mom broke her back (three surgeries later now, all is well), and I had full-blown … Continue reading Success – or Not? How did I do with the 42(!) New Year Climate Resolutions I had for 2018?

Christmas Climate Steps – a new set for 2018!

(Photo by Oleg Magni on Pexels.com) Article by Annette Olson and Carrie McLaughlin Wow.  Christmas 2016 was when I (Annette) wrote my second Climate Steps blog ever - Christmas Climate Steps, and it's now SO LONG AGO.  It's been a weird two years, definitely.  And during this time, many of us have been motivated to … Continue reading Christmas Climate Steps – a new set for 2018!

Parents & Kids Page

Hey all, I’ve just added to Pages (accessible via the Menu Bar) a new Parents & Kids Page, which starts off with a great set of ways parents can help ensure that their kids have green, healthy schoolyards, via the Green Schoolyards website hub. They really lay out potential steps.  I'll be adding in some other … Continue reading Parents & Kids Page

The Climate Pumpkin – the Scariest Pumpkin on the Planet

The scariest pumpkin I could think of. I was challenged to do a climate change pumpkin for a contest at work. Based off of a Toles cartoon.  Spent as many hours on this as I do an article, so here you go. A little rough - because had to finish it in time for the … Continue reading The Climate Pumpkin – the Scariest Pumpkin on the Planet

Mini-Motorized Machines

Hmmmm. Things are changing in city life. Electric bikes, electric scooters, electric skateboards, even hoverboards and Segways, are successfully competing against cars, at least within a 10-mile radius of downtowns. Regular bikes as well, but electric bikes and other motorized mini-vehicles, with improved battery performance, are providing more potential for commuting and running errands for … Continue reading Mini-Motorized Machines

Night of the Environmentalists – Veggie Potluck & Outdoor Movie

So as I already posted in our Climate Steps Facebook Discussion Group (www.fb.com/groups/ClimateSteps) - I have discovered one of the most fun ways to fight climate change - throw a climate party. My friends Max, Nick, and I did, and it was a total success. We invited friends, and then we put an invite up … Continue reading Night of the Environmentalists – Veggie Potluck & Outdoor Movie

Green Investing Part 1 – the Basics of Mutual and Similar Funds: Know your ESGs…

Guest blogger: Hugh O’Connor, with Annette Olson Money talks – twice. Take away money from investments that are damaging to the environment, and invest in the growing, green economy, and it results in the same dollar doing double the work. We need to use whatever resources we have, money included, even when in small amounts, … Continue reading Green Investing Part 1 – the Basics of Mutual and Similar Funds: Know your ESGs…

A Climate Action Course Completed

I am back to writing after a hiatus of two months -- during which I was pretty occupied taking a remote, online course from the University of Michigan.  It's title:  Act on Climate:  Steps to Individual, Community, and Political Action (https://www.coursera.org/learn/act-on-climate).  It was a seven-week course with modules on food, energy, transportation, the built environment, … Continue reading A Climate Action Course Completed