The first two ideas to address global warming are self-contained and personal in nature. Planting a tree and air-drying your clothes are simple to accomplish and have a payoff that relies only on your own ability to follow through.
Idea number three requires a bit more research— and involvement —but will hopefully will lead to building a movement in your community.
Write Letters to Your Local Newspaper
Go to http://www.stopglobalwarming.org/mayor_home.asp and look over the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. It’s a statement that 243 Mayors in cities throughout the United States have signed in support of the Kyoto Protocol to address global warming. While the current U.S. Administration does not support Kyoto, by building up voices in favor of it from hundreds of cities, you can help make change from below. Let’s poise the country to change it’s position while there’s still time to put us on the right side of climate change.
Write a letter of support to your local paper, suggesting that your city join in. Write to your Mayor to insist he or she sign on. Get back to your Mayor and make it clear you will be watching.
This could be the beginning of a grassroots climate change organization in your hometown! Think big.