Solving the climate crisis is up to us and our collective action. We’ve compiled a list of ideas with action steps you can take right now with other chapter members, as a citizen, in your community, and in your home and life to help combat climate change. Joining the Bay Area Chapter is the first step in joining a seasoned group of climate activists.
With Other Chapter Members
Form a chapter working group in your Bay Area county
Form or join a chapter interest group - like the Business Working Group
Approach your city, county, or other governing body, about going 100% renewable, with other chapter members
Collaborate on a presentation with other trained leaders in your area
As a citizen
Participate in The Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training
Write or call your local, state, national elected officials urging action on climate change
Subscribe to our chapter’s public calendar to attend upcoming climate change related events
Write and submit letters and emails to the editors of newspapers on climate change issues
Research climate friendly voter guides
Vote for candidates with a progressive climate record and platform
in your community
Encourage your church and volunteer groups to go green & purchase solar panels/tiles
Join climate activist groups - Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL), 350.org, Sierra Club, etc.
Actively participate in climate rallies held in your city and region
Join or start a community garden
In Your Home and Life
Reduce, reuse, recycle
Buy green cleaning products such as non-toxic cleansers, toiletries, etc.
Turn off and unplug appliances, lamps, TVs, computers, etc. when not in use
Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent or LED lights and track your savings
Choose 100% renewable energy option with your county CCE clean energy utility
Reduce food waste & create a compost bin to recycle waste to generate new soil
Eat less meat. Eat a more local, organic, plant-based diet. Try Meatless Mondays.
Drive less (opt for a hybrid, electric, or hydrogen car when possible). Car pool. Walk or bike more. Use public mass transit where available.
Divest from your portfolio stocks in fossil fuel companies featuring oil, gas, and coal
Invest in renewable energy public companies such as SunRun, Tesla, etc.
Landscape gardens with drought-resistant plants and add additional trees
Choose plastic-free alternative products
Schedule a free energy audit on your home with your local utility
Swap-out old appliances and buy Energy Star models and run them off-hours
Insulate your home & install double-pane windows to prevent heat loss
Use bamboo wood, which sequesters a lot of carbon, when renovating your home
Conserve water by collecting water in shower and kitchen to water your garden
Flush toilets less frequently and reduce water tank volume
Use rain barrels to collect excess water coming off your roof during storms
Use less heat in the winter and less air conditioning in the summer at home
Regularly replace old filters on heaters, dryers, and other appliances
Use a programmable thermostat to save energy when you are not at home
Install solar tiles or panels for your rooftop to generate renewable electricity