First – there is a public Facebook group page where folks are gathering and sharing ideas/concrete solutions for individuals to help fight climate change. They help feed into this blog, and vice versa. You are welcome to join, if interested: https://www.facebook.com/groups/climatesteps/.
How this site got started: Friends and I got together for lunch shortly after the 2016 election and, due to my posting my climate worries on Facebook and my having worked in the environmental field for decades, they wanted to drill me for answers to help save the planet. With Trump planning to reverse “every” climate- and environment-saving action that has been made – there is no way to prevent the global temperature from rising more than 3.6 (!) degrees in the next couple of decades. Translation – sea level rises of 6 feet (also !) by 2100. Nevermind that Earth’s fever is not going to stop rising after that without strong action – it will continue and ice will melt and droughts will strike for generations to come.
[P.S. Did you know that the number of 95+ degrees will increase from six days a year to 90 days a year in Washington DC under the worst climate scenario? 90 days a year. And that’s up north! We must do something. I like the tropics, but not that much!]
So we went over some possible things we can do – especially ones that could spread the word. We talked about leasing roofs to solar panels, supporting bike shares, working on local and state politics, etc. And they suggested I should start a blog. So here it is. But it takes time to research and write and article, and often we have had little quick articles to share, etc – so I also formed the paired Facebook group – a place to exchange and discuss ideas.
Now, with 1200+ folks in the FB group (and rapidly growing), plus another 500 on Twitter (@ClimateStepsUS) and Instagram (climate_steps), we have a great group for discussion, and a means of sharing ideas and climate priorities. From the FB group, I now summarize some of the discussions and articles shared there into blogs and resource pages here, adding in additional research. Now on this site, I also have guest authors, and am beginning to add in planning tools.
For 2019 and 2020 – at the request of members and friends, I plan to expand the resources available in Climate Steps, creating more resource summaries, a page on how to connect to organizations doing different types of climate steps, and an area to upload and share your own climate actions so you can get encouragement and feedback. In late 2019, I’ll start prepping to turn Climate Steps into a formal volunteer or nonprofit organization, by holding some brainstorming meetings among friends – in person and online, so I can focus priorities for grant writing. Etc! Ideas are very welcome.
About me: I am a displaced Texan, currently living in Washington, DC, USA, and working for a non-profit assessing and promoting scientific research capacity at universities and for individuals. I was going to be a medical doctor, until I took my first field biology course and wound up catching and monitoring rodents on a Texas blackland prairie. My goal became to stay outdoors, which I did through most of graduate school – getting my doctorate in field biology (ecology and animal behavior) and living in a tent in West Africa for over a year.
Of course, now where am I? In front of a computer eight hours a day, most days. But I had the opportunity to work on environmental issues and strategies for the U.S. Federal government for 16 years. Right now, for a nonprofit, I get to travel the U.S. (mostly now by train!) working with many medical and environmental researchers on assessing their research programs and helping determine what’s working and what’s not, so that’s cool. I used to (and still do occasionally) blog about different adventures I was having, but now I’ve switched mostly to the climate.
Anyway, enjoy – and utilize – this blog. Having seen the data, I am very concerned what impact climate change will have on the U.S. Every state will be affected. My parents, for instance, experienced that horrible drought in Texas a couple of years ago – and only the fact that a good Samaritan drove five hours to bring them hay did their cattle survive.
And do you know how much of Nebraska is actually sand dunes covered with grass?! A few degrees more, and those dunes will start moving.
So I’ll be posting something every few weeks about how we can not only ride this tidal wave (pun intended), but stop as much of it as possible. People want to know how to take action!