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Week 4: We're All in this Together

by Sherri Jackson & Laurel Hood

After 3 weeks of tracking your carbon footprint, you know more about what your own impact looks like, and maybe you’ve started to think about where you can make adjustments. That’s great news, but if only a few of us are changing our habits, we won’t have much impact.

This week, we’re going to take a look at the impact of humanity’s carbon footprint on the planet, and steps that we collectively can take (or are being taken) to mitigate that. With 7.5 billion people on earth (and growing), simple actions can help (or hurt), if enough of us take them. Even more people thinking about how their behaviour impacts the environment can cause shifts in awareness, and then, in action. That’s how things change: when people become aware of what needs to happen, and then push for that change in more and more places.

There is tons of information out there about climate, and what’s happening on our planet. This week, we’ll get familiar with some newsletters and organizations who look at climate change every day, so you are more informed, and stay up-to-date with developments.

Challenge 4:

Subscribe to a website that explores climate change, or borrow an e-book (hello social isolation!) about climate change from your local library. There are more resources available on our blog.

Here are some suggestions, but there are many more out there. Explore, and see which ones appeal to you most:

Newsletters & Websites:

Rocky Mountain Institute

CBC What on Earth Newsletter

Below 2 Degrees C

The 2 Degrees Institute


Corporate Knights

Subscribe to one site (good); subscribe to 2 sites (better); subscribe to 3+ sites (best).

There have been a lot of interesting developments in relation to stimulus packages, and pushing for a greener focus. We’ve added some of these articles to our resources page. This will get you thinking about how we can direct this injection of funds into our economy in a sustainable direction, that will have a multi-pronged benefit to our planet, our economy, and our communities.

If you come across other suggestions, let us know. If you read a book that really impresses you, send it along. We love hearing from you, and we appreciate everyone who is on this journey with us. See you next week!

Sherri Jackson is a writer, speaker and musician. She is the Candidate of Record for Simcoe-Grey. and communications coordinator for our EDA. She is a member of the Collingwood Climate Action Team. Laurel Hood is our researcher. She is a retired teacher, Volunteer Coordinator for the EDA, climate activist and transportation lead for CCAT. Join the challenge at http://bit.ly/52WeeksofClimateAction.

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