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People throughout Canada — and throughout the world — are taking action to help fight climate change. What changes will you make? (Photo: Helena Lopes via Unsplash)

As the world warms, extreme weather events are becoming more frequent và intense, sea levels are rising, prolonged droughts are putting pressure on food crops, và many animal & plant species are being driven lớn extinction. It’s hard khổng lồ imagine what we as individuals can vị to resolve a problem of this scale & severity.

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The good news: We are not alone. People, communities, cities, businesses, schools, faith groups and other organizations are taking action. We’re fighting lượt thích our lives depend on it — because they do.

In a world of more than seven billion people, each of us is a drop in the bucket. But with enough drops, we can fill any bucket.

David Suzuki


1. Urge government to lớn take bold, ambitious climate kích hoạt now

Top climate scientists issued a “code red for humanity” recently, warning that this is our last chance to implement the transformational changes necessary to keep warming below 1.5 C and avoid the most dangerous impacts of climate chaos.

Canada’s climate targets are still critically insufficient to vị our fair giới thiệu on the global scale và we are the only G7 country whose emissions have increased since the Paris Agreement was signed.

The climate crisis won’t wait. Join us in calling on all federal parties to lớn cooperate and get Canada to lớn act on climate change with the ambition và urgency this crisis demands.

Sign the petition!


2. Help raise climate ambition by painting your town with climate art

We know that meeting the challenge of the climate crisis takes creativity, community and fun on đứng đầu of the science, policy và advocacy that defines so much of our work.

So, the David Suzuki Foundation hosted a collaborative project that brought together artists from diverse communities & backgrounds to nội dung their perspectives on climate change. Their artwork paints a vivid, gripping & beautiful call for climate justice.

You can help raise our collective climate ambition by:

selecting the posters you resonate most strongly withprinting them on regular letter kích cỡ (8.5 x 11”) paperputting them up on community notice boards, at your favourite café, on the communal fridge in your dorm or any visible spot where posters are allowed

Explore the Art for Climate Justice virtual gallery

Select and tải về climate art


3. Use energy wisely — và save money too!

Canada is the đứng top per-capita energy consumer in the world! By becoming more energy-efficient, you not only pollute less but save money too.

Consider making some or all of these small changes. Together, they can really showroom up.

A house with a furnace is like a oto that idles all day. Swap your furnace for a heat pump, which works by extracting heat from one location and transferring it khổng lồ anotherInstall a programmable thermostatSwap your gas stove for an electric stove, which will also lower indoor air pollutionUnplug computers, TVs & other electronics when you’re not using themLook for the Energy Star label when buying new appliancesChange to energy-efficient light bulbsGet a home or workplace energy phân tích và đo lường to identify where you can make the most energy-saving gains

Get tips và resources khổng lồ live sustainably


4. Eat for a climate-stable planet

The decisions we make about food can have a profound effect on the environment. Here are four simple ways you can make your diet more climate-friendly.

Eat more meat-free mealsBuy organic and local whenever possibleDon’t waste foodGrow your own

Get more info on how khổng lồ eat for the climate và how eating less meat will reduce Earth’s heat.

Fun fact: You can also help save the planet by eating insects!


5. Start a climate conversation

Solving climate change requires us all lớn work together. We can’t vày that without finding common ground with those who may not nói qua our perspective.

Since people often trust peers, family members and loved ones more than they trust experts, scientists and environmental organizations, you can talk to people about climate change in ways we can’t. You are more likely to xuất hiện people’s minds.

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Learn from CliMate, a fun và interactive chatbot that teaches you how to have conversations about climate change that decrease divisiveness and help cultivate empathy and find common ground. Overcoming polarization is key lớn moving forward on climate solutions.

Give it a try! Launch the chatbot

6. Green your commute

In Canada, transportation accounts for 24 per cent of climate-polluting emissions, a close second lớn the oil and gas industry.

The many ways to lớn reduce your transportation emissions will also make you healthier, happier and save you a few bucks. Whenever & wherever you can:

Take public transitCar-share

7. Consume less, waste less, enjoy life more

“We use too much, too much of it is toxic và we don’t nói qua it very well. But that’s not the way things have to be. Together, we can build a society based on better not more, sharing not selfishness, community not division.” — The Story of Stuff

Focusing on life’s simple pleasures — spending time in nature, being with loved ones, making a difference to others — provides more purpose, belonging and happiness than buying & consuming. Plus, when we consume less, we produce fewer emissions and are gentler on the earth. Sharing, making, fixing, upcycling, repurposing and composting are all good places khổng lồ start.

Fire up your commitment to the people and places you love by acting every day on the understanding that we are one with nature.

Get tips và resources lớn live sustainably

8. Invest in renewables & divest from fossil fuels

Even if you can’t install solar panels or a wind turbine, you can still be a part of the clean-energy economy. Tìm kiếm online for local renewable energy co-ops to join. As a member, you’ll own part of the co-op’s renewable energy projects và will receive a return on your investment. You can also speak khổng lồ your financial adviser about clean energy/technology investments.

Let industry know you care about climate change by meeting with your ngân hàng or investment adviser lớn make sure your investments vày not include fossil fuels. & make sure your workplace, pension fund, university or bank doesn’t invest in fossil fuels either. If they do, join or start a divestment campaign.

Learn more about why it’s important to divest from damage và invest in a healthier future.

9. Mobilize for local climate action

“What our cities vì individually & in unison khổng lồ address climate change can set the agenda for communities and governments everywhere.” — C40 Cities

In Canada, municipalities have influence over about 50 per cent of our emissions. Và with about 80 per cent of Canadians living in cities, it’s important — even crucial — that we focus on their potential khổng lồ help stop climate change.

Citizens like you, who are willing to lớn work with progressive local government leaders, stand khổng lồ make a huge difference. Your role as a citizen with your local government is powerful.

We have created a comprehensive online resource that will support you to work with your local government on climate action.

Your voice: mobilizing local government climate action

Explore the guide

10. Get politically active & vote

Although it’s important to lớn take kích hoạt to reduce our individual carbon footprints, we also need lớn focus on changing the larger system. That’s where we have the greatest opportunity to lớn reduce emissions.

Vote for leaders at all levels of government who take climate change seriously. They should commit to setting science-based targets khổng lồ reduce harmful carbon emissions, implementing clear plans khổng lồ reach those targets, adapting lớn climate change & shifting lớn a clean-energy economy.

Make sure you are registered lớn vote & then get informed for all elections — not just the ones that get the most truyền thông media attention. Candidates’ positions on climate change vary widely, so research the parties, ask questions about climate change at town halls or debates & let your candidates know you are voting for the climate. Know that your vote really matters.

If you’re too young khổng lồ vote, encourage your class or school to join a Student Vote program, which provides students the opportunity khổng lồ experience participation in the election process. You can also talk lớn your parents about the importance of voting for climate action.