Read, Watch, Listen, Act

Do you want to learn more about climate change, and take action to help reverse it? Here is a curated collection of books, movies, websites and other media that could move you forward in your climate journey. Six are highlighted to get you started, followed by an extensive list which is organized by resource type.

HIGHLIGHTS

BOOK:
All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis, edited by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson & Katherine Wilkinson. 2020.Hopeful essays and poetry written by women leading the green movement and curated by marine biologist Johnson and Drawdown (see below) contributor Wilkinson; the companion site, allwecansave.earth, offers resources for reader groups and for managing emotions around climate change. For teens and up.
MOVIE:
The Year Earth Changed, David Attenborough. 2021.Remarkable footage of the return of clearer skies, greener lands, and healthier wildlife after COVID-19 necessitated worldwide shutdowns and isolation in 2020. Rated PG.
LECTURE:
Climate Justice Can’t Happen without Racial JusticeThe Member of Parliament for Tottenham, England on the importance of inclusion and BIPOC climate leadership. For preteens and up.
WEBSITE:
Reasons To Be Cheerful: Climate + EnvironmentA good-news site on innovative solutions to pressing climate issues being implemented by small communities, cities, and national governments; stories come from diverse places such as the Congo, Samsø Island, and the village of Kamikatsu, Japan. For teens and up.
PODCAST:
How to Save a Planet, Alec Blumberg.Self-described climate nerds unafraid to get silly — voice impressions of recycling bins, anyone? — to get listeners energized about climate activism. For all ages.
CALCULATOR:
Ecological Footprint CalculatorA colorfully illustrated personal quiz that computes how many Earths it would take to power the world if everyone lived like you. For all ages, though kids may need help answering the questions.

BOOKS: NONFICTION

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants, Robin Wall Kimmerer. 2013.A modern touchstone reminding us to live according to the truth that we are part of — not separate from — nature. For teens and up.
Climate: A New Story, Charles Eisenstein. 2018.An argument for seeing trees, oceans, and other elements of the natural world not as potential carbon storage, but as sacred and meaningful forces in and of themselves. For adults.
Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, edited by Paul Hawken. 2017.Heavily researched catalog of carbon interventions that companies, communities, families, and governments must conduct to combat climate change; its companion website drawdown.org adds more options. For those who want to take action.
Energy and Civilization, Vaclav Smil. 2017.A thorough history of society, its energy sources, and their consequences. For readers who enjoy somewhat technical writing.
Farming While Black, Leah Penniman. 2018.Both a food-growing guide and a manifesto to ending racism in the agricultural industry; the companion website farmingwhileblack.org links to Soul Fire Farm, the James Beard Award-winner’s Afro-Indigenous community farm. For adults.
Green Ideas, series, various authors. 2021.Twenty short books by environmental leaders such as Greta Thunberg (No One Is Too Small To Make a Difference), Michael Pollan (Food Rules), and Rachel Carson (Man’s War against Nature). For teens and up.
Ground Truth: A Guide to Tracking Climate Change at Home, Mark L. Hineline. 2018.Tips on paying attention to the shifts in nature occurring around us. For adults.
How to Avoid a Climate Disaster, Bill Gates. 2021.The business magnate’s survey of current emissions-reducing technologies and what innovations are still needed — along with his accessible plan to hold communities, corporations, and governments accountable for making critical changes. For teens and up.
Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of a Civilization, Roy Scranton. 2015.Unsparing reflections on our present and future if we do nothing; written by an Iraq War veteran. For adults okay with graphic war analogies.
Regeneration: Ending the Climate Crisis in One Generation, Paul Hawken et al. 2021.The Drawdown author’s fresh takes on saving a world running out of time. For those seeking new, inclusive initiatives.
Saving Us, Katharine Hayhoe. 2021.A climate scientist’s tips for persuasive environmental discussions with people on all sides of the issues. For adults looking to improve their advocacy.
Speed & Scale, John Doerr. 2021.Hard-nosed venture capitalist tactics for reaching net zero by 2050. For fans of business-based action plans.
The Circular Economy: A User's Guide, Walter R. Stahel. 2019.An approachable look at securing sustainable development in different sectors and communities. For business and political leaders.
The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption, Dahr Jamail, 2019.Environmental stakes brought into high relief against the backdrop of the author’s travels through Alaska’s Denali Mountains, the Amazon rainforest, and Australia's Great Barrier Reef. For adults.
The Future Earth, Eric Holthaus. 2020.A bullish view of what the world would look like if we achieved net zero; available in multiple languages. For those who want a dose of optimism.
The Future We Choose, Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac, 2020.A cautionary but positive book about global warming and the fate of humanity written by two of the UN’s negotiators during the Paris Agreement. For adults.
The Gort Cloud, Richard Seireeni. 2009.Strategies for leveraging brands by tapping into the green community’s matrix of NGOs, advocacy groups, social networks, business alliances, and the like. For marketers and corporate leaders.
The Great Derangement, Amitav Ghosh. 2016.An unpacking of the conflicting and baffling complexities of the fossil fuel economy by a Booker Prize nominee. For adults.
The Intersectional Environmentalist, Leah Thomas. 2022.Basics on the ways privilege and systemic racism impact environmental issues and activism in minority and underrepresented communities, as well as tips on leading inclusively; from the founder of the BIPOC-centered climate justice site, intersectionalenvironmentalist.com. For teens and up.
The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins, Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing. 2015.A book on sustainability and what life grows in the wake of industrial activity as shown in the author’s case study of the matsutake mushroom, said to be the first thing to grow after the Hiroshima bombings. For adults.
The New Climate War, Michael E. Mann. 2021.Battle strategies for cutting through climate denial and pressuring corporations and governments to end fossil fuel use. For anyone wanting to make a bigger impact.
The Physics of Climate Change, Lawrence M. Krauss. 2021.The science of global warming presented in an accessible way. For readers wanting the basics.
The Sixth Extinction, Elizabeth Kolbert. 2014.The author’s vision of a sixth mass extinction that we’ve set into inexorable motion. For adults.
The Story of More, Hope Jahren. 2020.An impassioned plea to understand climate change and take action. For adults.
There is No Planet B, Mike Berners-Lee, 2019.A generalist book about how to avoid climate disaster. For adults.
To Cook a Continent: Destructive Extraction and the Climate Crisis in Africa, Nnimmo Bassey. 2012.The Nigerian architect and activist's analysis of how the plundering of Africa for fossil fuels has accelerated global warming’s effects there. For adults.
Value(s): Building a Better World for All, Mark Carney. 2021.The former banker’s solutions to climate change (and other systemic global issues), rooted in maximizing benefits for the many, not the few. For readers versed in economics and environmental policy.
What We Know about Climate Change, Kerry Emanuel. 2018.MIT Press’s update to its 85-page guide (first printed in 2007) to the basic science behind this pressing issue. For adults.
Who Really Feeds the World, Vandana Shiva. 2016.The award-winning scientist and activist’s argument that solutions for agricultural sustainability will come from small-scale, local farming practices. For adults.

BOOKS: PHILOSOPHY/INSPIRATIONAL

Blind Spots, Max H. Bazerman and Ann E. Tenbrunsel. 2011.A discussion of ethical failures and flawed decision-making; though not specifically about climate change, it outlines ways to plan and execute solutions more effectively. For activists, policymakers, and corporate executives who want to turn the tide.
Desert Solitaire, Edward Abbey. 2011.A posthumous reprint of the park ranger’s passionate musings on nature and humanity’s disregard for its destruction to the planet; first released in 1968. For adults.
Eat Like a Fish, Bren Smith. 2019.A case for how ocean-farming seaweed and shellfish will feed the world and clean its waters. For those seeking responsible food choices or alternatives to fishing and traditional land farming.
How to Blow Up a Pipeline: Learning to Fight in a World on Fire, Andreas Malm. 2021.Not an eco-terrorist handbook, but rather a Swedish ecology professor’s clarion call to confront the major fossil fuel players. For adults.
Small is Beautiful: Economics As If People Mattered, E.F. Schumacher. 2011.The economist’s refutation of “Bigger is better,” especially with regard to fossil fuels; written at the heart of the 1970s energy crisis. For adults.
Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet, Thich Nhat Hanh. 2021.Stirring meditations and appeals for action from the Zen master and climate activist. For teens and up.

BOOKS: BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR

Beyond the Horizon, Colin Angus. 2010.The author’s credo of zero-emissions travel as exemplified by his journey to become the first person to complete a self-powered circumnavigation of Earth. For adventure lovers.
Finding the Mother Tree, Suzanne Simard. 2021.A paean to the wisdom and social interconnectedness of forests. For fans of science-based memoir.
Horizon, Barry Lopez. 2019.The National Book-winner’s musings on climate change woven through his explorations of Kenya’s deserts, Antarctica, the Galapagos, and other places. For adults.
No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet, Colin Beavan. 2009.The record of a yearlong experiment for the author, his wife, and young daughter as they try to make zero impact on the environment while living in Manhattan. For adults.
The Wizard and the Prophet, Charles C.Mann. 2018.A history lesson about two scientists whose work laid the foundations for opposing schools of thought — “Cut back!” vs. “Innovate and grow!” — about the environment. For adults.
The World-Ending Fire, Wendell Berry. 2017.Odes to rural living and the urgent need for sustainability from the longtime Kentucky farmer and essayist. For teens and up.
Warmth: Coming of Age at the End of Our World, Daniel Sherrell. 2021.Hope, despair, and perseverance from the frontlines of the climate movement. For adults.

BOOKS: FICTION

Bewilderment, Richard Powers. 2021.The story of an astrobiologist widower and his neurodivergent, nine-year-old son trying to navigate an environmentally endangered world; shortlisted for the 2021 Booker Prize. For adults.
How Beautiful We Were, Imbolo Mbue. 2021.An elegiac novel about a fictional African village and its battle to wrest its land away from an American oil company responsible for killing their children and ravaging their soil. For adults.
Ishmael Trilogy (Ishmael, The Story of B, My Ishmael), Daniel Quinn. 1992-1997.Three magical realism novels about humanity’s role as stewards of nature; features Ishmael, a telepathic gorilla who teaches two pupils how to save the world. Not written for kids, but suitable for preteens and up.
Once There Were Wolves, Charlotte McConaghy. 2021.A tale about one woman’s desperate fight to protect the Scottish Highlands and her beloved wolves from their human enemies. For teens and up.
Salvage the Bones, Jesmyn Ward. 2011The two-time National Book Award-winner’s story of a working-class Black family in Mississippi during the days before and immediately after Hurricane Katrina; conveys the devastation extreme weather havocs on marginalized populations. For adults.
The Collapse of Western Civilization, Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway. 2014.A fictional but science-based account of Earth in 2393 — and how centuries of drought, ice melt, and willful inaction rendered the planet unrecognizable. For adults.
The Ministry for the Future, Kim Stanley Robinson. 2020.An optimistic vision about how humans can turn climate change around before it’s too late. Not just for sci-fi fans.
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, Arundhati Roy. 2017.A seething epic tackling everything from India’s impending vulture extinction to its deforestation, tainted rivers, and growing slums; from a Booker Prize-winning author. For adults.
The Overstory, Richard Powers. 2018.Powerful examples of environmental activism and resistance found in the journeys of its nine main characters; winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. For adults.
The Waste Tide, Chen Qiufan. 2019.A dystopian, near-future story about a Chinese “waste girl” who takes a low-wage job manually recycling toxic e-waste and ends up leading her fellow trash workers in a bloody revolution; translated from the 2013 Chinese edition. For adults.

BOOKS: POETRY

Habitat Threshold, Craig Santos Perez. 2020.Stanzas that range from awestruck to mournful to instructive as the Guam native ponders the destructiveness of global industry and the ecological fate of his homeland. For teens and up.
The Glass Constellation, Arthur Sze. 2021.New and reprinted poems wrestling with life under the looming shadow of climate change; from a National Book Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist. For teens and up.
Ultimatum Orangutan, Khairani Barokka. 2021.A defiant collection scrutinizing environmental injustice and its colonialist roots; the title means “the orangutan’s ultimatum” in Indonesian. For young adults and up.

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Dr. Wangari Maathai Plants a Forest, Rebel Girls. 2020.A biography about the Kenyan environmentalist who became the first African woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize; part of the popular edutainment series. For ages 5-13.
Our Changing Climate, UNICEF Zimbabwe. 2017.A free, online book introducing the issues at hand, illustrated with examples from daily life in Zimbabwe. For ages 11-12.
The Lorax, Dr. Seuss. 1971.The author’s own favorite Dr. Seuss book, which encourages kids to take personal responsibility for protecting the environment; also a 2012 movie directed by Chris Renaud. For all ages.
The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge, Joanna Cole. 2010.Simple global warming concepts for kids; from the hit edutainment series. For ages 7 and up.
Understanding Photosynthesis with Max Axiom, Super Scientist, Liam O’Donnell. 2007.A short graphic novel about the way plants use carbon to make food; includes a glossary and lists of recommended books and online resources. For ages 8-14.
We Are Water Protectors, Carole Lindstrom and Michaela Goade. 2020.The Caldecott Award-winning tale of an Ojibwe girl who leads resistance efforts against an oil pipeline. For ages 3-6.

LECTURES

A 40-Year Plan for Energy, Amory Lovins. 2012.The scientist and renewable energy advocate’s free-market proposal to wean the US off oil and coal by 2050 at a $5 trillion savings — without the need for new federal law. For Ted Talk lovers.
Breaking the Tragedy of the Horizon, Mark Carney. 2015.Climate risk explained in the language of economics. For adults.
Community Investment Is the Missing Piece of Climate Action, Dawn Lippert. 2021.Tips on getting citizen enrollment for climate action; part of the Ted Talks Daily series. For teens and up.
Global Warming, Global Threat, Dr. Michael McElroy. 2003.Audiobook lecture series by a Harvard professor on the science of the greenhouse effect, failures to address the rise in emissions, and who’s responsible for taking crucial next steps. For adults.
The Quest for Environmental and Racial Justice for All: Why Equity Matters, Dr. Robert Bullard. 2017.The urban planning and environmental policy professor's signature lecture about the causes of and solutions to the racial segregation of America’s pollution, given at MIT. For preteens and up.
The Standing Rock Resistance and Our Fight for Indigenous Rights, Tara Houska. 2017.The Ojibwe attorney and environmental and Indigenous rights advocate’s firsthand account of the standoff against the Dakota Access oil pipeline, as well as North America’s rampant Indigenous erasure that has allowed fossil fuel companies to exploit tribal lands. For preteens and up.

PODCASTS

Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature, Neil Harvey.Sustainability stories about climate justice, food, farming, Indigenous knowledge, restricting corporate power, and youth activism told with depth and empathy. For all ages.
Black History Year: "Environmental Racism: A Hidden Threat with Dr. Dorceta Taylor", Jay Walker.A candid dialogue with the environmental studies professor about the interconnectedness of racism, economic injustice, and the impact of climate change, as well as the steps BIPOC communities can do to take charge of their own fates. For teens and up.
Catalyst, Shayle Kann.Interviews with experts about decarbonization and climate technology solutions. For tech enthusiasts.
Climate One, Greg Dalton.In-depth talks with activists, influencers, and decision-makers in front of live audiences. For teens and up.
Drilled, Amy Westervelt.A true-crime podcast with seasons on corporate-financed climate denial and local communities seeking justice from fossil fuel companies. For true-crime fans.
Outrage and Optimism, Christiana Figueres, Tom Rivett-Carnac, and Paul Dickinson.Free-ranging conversations with longtime climate change activists. For teens and up.
Planet Money: “Waste Land”, Sarah Gonzalez and Laura Sullivan.An episode about the lie of plastic recycling perpetuated by manufacturers and oil companies so they could continue doing business as usual. For teens and up.
Political Climate, Brandon Hurlbut, Shane Skelton, and Julia Pyper.A bipartisan podcast on energy and environmental politics in America. For teens and up.
Scene On Radio: Season 5, The Repair, John Biewen and Amy Westervelt.The two-time Peabody-nominated podcast on the colonizing, Western forces that caused climate change; with insight from places such as Jakarta, Nigeria, and Bangladesh that have been devastated by fossil fuel damage. For teens and up.
Sourcing Matters, Aaron Niederhelman.Discussions on where our food comes from, how sourcing impacts climate change, and what reforms are possible. For teens and up.
Sustainababble, Oliver Hayes & David Powell.British improv comedy meets environmental research. For teens and up.
Sustainability Defined, Jay Siegel & Scott Breen.Humorous, listener-friendly analysis of different aspects of the environmental movement. For teens and up.
The Carbon Copy, Stephen Lacey.Weekly news analyses with experts, journalists, business leaders, and other guests about current events and their climate impacts. For teens and up.
The Response, Tom Llewellyn.Deep dives into how different communities recover and establish resiliency after natural disasters. For teens and up.
The YIKES Podcast, Mikaela Loach, Jo Becker.A UK-based intersectionality-focused program to hearten those anxious about issues of climate change and social justice. For teens and up.
Think: Sustainability, Marlene Even and Sophie Ellis.Practical suggestions for adopting greener consumer habits through the lens of inclusivity. For teens and up.

MOVIES/DOCUMENTARIES

Aluna: An Ecological Warning by the Kogi People, Alan Ereira. 2012.The remote Colombian mountain tribe’s entreaties to protect the environment; a sequel to the 1990 documentary, From the Heart of The World: Elder Brother's Warning. For teens and up.
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk. 2017.A follow-up to An Inconvenient Truth, tracking Al Gore as he advocates for renewable energy investment and the completion of the Paris Agreement. For teens and up. Rated PG.
An Inconvenient Truth, Davis Guggenheim. 2006.The Oscar-winning documentary about Al Gore's crusade to inform people about global warming; includes the slideshow presentation he used during that campaign. Rated PG.
Beyond Climate, Ian Mauro. 2016.An award-winning documentary centered on British Columbia’s environmental efforts to counteract wildfires, glacier erosion, flooding, and oil pipelines. For preteens and up.
Chasing Ice, Jeff Orlowski. 2012.Environmental photographer James Balog’s time-lapse footage of global warming’s destruction of massive, ancient glaciers. Rated PG-13.
David Attenborough, A Life on Our Planet, Alastair Fothergill, Jonathan Hughes, and Keith Scholey. 2020.The longtime natural historian’s firsthand account of humanity's monumental impact on the wild. For all ages. Rated PG.
FernGully: The Last Rainforest, Bill Kroyer. 1992.An animated musical about magic fairies fighting industrial destruction of their rainforest home; teaches kids about the importance of caring for Earth. Rated G.
Food, Inc., Robert Kenner. 2009.An exposé of the heavy health and environmental tolls exacted by the cost-cutting, assembly-line practices of the global food industry; its companion book, Food, Inc.: A Participant’s Guide, unpacks how our diets affect climate change. Rated PG.
Home, Yann Arthus-Bertrand. 2009.Unrushed aerial views of Earth’s wonders as well as the damage humans have caused to the natural world; narrated by Glenn Close. For preteens and up.
Interstellar, Christopher Nolan. 2014.A sci-fi yarn about humans trying to escape to another planet as Earth is plagued by sandstorms and global crop disease in the year 2067. Rated PG-13.
Kiss the Ground, Joshua Tickell and Rebecca Harrell Tickell. 2020.Scientists and activists on reversing climate change by returning carbon dioxide and microorganisms to the soil. For preteens and up.
Manufactured Landscapes, Jennifer Baichwal. 2006.A film about photographer Edward Burtynsky’s trip to China to create compelling images of large-scale industrial structures — such as clothing factories that export to the US — and their environmental impacts on local terrain. For preteens and up.
Mission Blue, Robert Nixon and Fisher Stevens. 2014.An Emmy-winning chronicle of marine biologist Sylvia Earle’s quest to create National Park-like “Hope Spots” in the ocean to preserve biodiversity and counteract climate damage. For teens and up.
Nowhere To Run: Nigeria’s Climate and Environmental Crisis, Dan McCain. 2015.A film about Nigeria’s dire levels of drought, desertification, and violent land conflicts brought on by deforestation and fossil fuel consumption; hosted by the late Nigerian environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa Jr. For teens and up. Also available on YouTube translated into Pidgin, Yoruba, Igbo, and Hausa.
Our Planet, various directors. 2019.A Netflix series celebrating the stunning flora, fauna, and landscapes of Earth; narrated by David Attenborough. Rated G.
Plastic Wars, Rick Young. 2020.NPR and the PBS show Frontline’s investigation into how the plastic industry used recycling as a marketing ploy to boost plastic demand and sales — making the trash problem much worse. Rated PG. (If outside US, check your country's streaming services.)
To The Ends of The Earth, David Lavallee. 2016.Stories of conservationists and environmental leaders standing up for lands being destroyed by fossil fuel extraction in Alberta, Utah, and the Arctic; narrated by Emma Thompson.
Vanishing Lines, Fancy Trees Films, Patagonia. 2021.An 18-minute film about a planned European ski resort expansion that would destroy major glaciers. For preteens and up.
WALL-E, Andrew Stanton. 2008.An Academy Award-winning animated film about how love and hope spark one trash-compacting robot’s quest to resurrect Earth from the 29th century wasteland it’s become. Rated G.
Who Killed the Electric Car, Chris Paine. 2006.The surprising and fraught history of the electric car; narrated by Martin Sheen. Rated PG.

WEBSITES/ORGANIZATIONS

350.orgAn international group working to end all fossil fuel use; founded by award-winning environmentalist Bill McKibben. For students, activists, and anyone seeking news about climate change action.
Artists & Climate ChangeA blog encouraging artists to create and write about global warming-themed work to inspire cultural and emotional connections with the green movement; an initiative of The Arctic Cycle (above). For artists and anyone looking for creative expressions of the issues at hand.
Artists for Climate: The Climate CollectionA selection of open-licensed, environment-themed digital illustrations conveying optimism and action. For everyone, especially educators, graphic designers, and students.
Cambridge Institute for Sustainability LeadershipAn organization partnering with corporations, governments, and financial institutions to build a thriving global green economy driven by the UN’s Sustainability Development Goals. For businesses, policymakers, and people looking for climate action training.
Canary MediaOne of the leading news companies focused on the transition to a decarbonized economy and society; funded by Rocky Mountain Institute (see below). For adults.
Climate Reality ProjectAl Gore’s international organization for training climate leaders. For teens and adults wanting a structured approach to participating in the movement.
David Suzuki FoundationA conservation group partnering with businesses and governments to fix key environmental problems through scientific research, education, and policy analysis. For adults.
EarthjusticeA free environmental law service — think the ACLU for climate change. For anyone unable to afford environmental legal help and experts willing to volunteer.
EarthwatchA global nonprofit connecting volunteers with scientists to do environmental research that will help safeguard the planet. For the science-minded and corporate/educational partners.
Ellen MacArthur FoundationA charity whose mission is replacing the “take, make, waste” mentality with one focused on ending pollution, circulating goods, and replenishing nature. For consumers, businesses and policymakers.
Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action GroupRotary’s environmental organization hub for its communities to get information about climate change and sustainable practices. For anyone; Rotary membership not required.
Environmental Voter ProjectA nonpartisan nonprofit which identifies non-voting environmentalists and turns them into voters. For teens and up.
First Nations Climate InitiativeA British Columbia-based forum founded by the Lax Kw’alaams, Metlakatla, Nisga’a and Haisla First Nations to combat climate change and decarbonize the economy while working to end poverty and create environmental leaders in Indigenous communities; holds conferences and info sharing sessions with academics, government workers, and other groups. For anyone interested in learning more about Indigenous-led climate action.
Fridays for FutureA site for the international youth movement of school strikes to compel adults to take responsibility; founded by Greta Thunberg. For students.
Green 2.0Watchdogs calling out inequities in the environmental movement; publishes an annual diversity report card on green NGOs and foundations. For anyone interested in inclusivity.
Inside Climate NewsPulitzer Prize-winning, nonpartisan environmental journalism. For preteens and up.
Juma InstituteAn organization founded by Indigenous Brazilian activist Juma Xipaia to safeguard the Amazon rainforest and those working to preserve it; some posts are in Portuguese. For teens and up.
Post Carbon InstituteA research group offering data and analysis on energy conservation, sustainability, and ecological resilience. For adults.
Extinction RebellionSimple tips for civil disobedience tactics such as blocking roads, occupying bridges, and feeding protesters
Rocky Mountain InstituteA nonpartisan nonprofit of interdisciplinary experts working with legislators, corporations, and institutions to decarbonize energy systems worldwide. For those in business, finance, and energy sectors.
Sierra ClubThe grassroots organization guarding everyone’s right to a healthy planet; founded in 1892. For all ages.
The Arctic CycleLive performances and storytelling intended to spark climate conversations and spur people to action. For adults, though the group sometimes offers programming for kids and teens.
The Conversation: Environment + EnergyEnvironmental articles written by academics and edited by journalists; US and international editions available. For teens and up.
The Great Green WallThe African project to plant a nearly 5,000-mile-long wall of trees through the continent as a way to mitigate climate change and drought while providing jobs and food security for locals. For all ages.
Women’s Earth AllianceAn empowerment community for women worldwide offering technical and tactical training for leading green initiatives as well as a supportive network of donors, peers, and mentors. For women.
Work On ClimateAn activist Slack channel for making connections, exchanging knowledge, creating companies, and finding paid or volunteer environmental work. For teens and adults who want to get involved.
World Benchmarking AllianceA group working to incentivize top corporations to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by measuring their SDG contributions. For academic and research institutions, business platforms, financial institutions, governmental entities, NGOs, and sustainability consulting firms.
World Wildlife FundThe leading conservation NGO protecting Earth’s natural resources for animals and communities. For everyone.

ONLINE VIDEO RESOURCES

Breathe This AirExperts on the toxic effects of Louisiana’s plastic factories on nearby Black communities. Features environmental professor Dr. Beverly Wright, eco-justice organizer Dante Swinton, and Goldman Environmental Prize winners Sharon Lavigne and Prigi Arisandi. For teens and up. peakplasticfoundation.org/blog/breathethisair
Can You Fix Climate Change?A clear and entertaining summary of the many complex layers involved in solving the emissions problem from the popular Kurzgesagt (the German equivalent for “in a nutshell”) channel. For preteens and up.
Causes and Effects of Climate ChangeNational Geographic’s primer on the roots and ramifications of increasing emissions for the environment and humans. For all ages.
Climate Victory GardensA video on gardening to restore carbon to the soil and counteract atmospheric CO2. Features Rosario Dawson and LA-based guerrilla gardener Ron Finley. For all ages. greenamerica.org/climate-victory-gardens
Just Have a Think, Dave Borlace.Weekly sustainability solutions researched and presented by a concerned citizen based in the UK. For teens and up.
Kimiko Hirata, 2021 Goldman Environmental Prize, JapanAn overview of the Japanese activist’s accomplishments which include the cancellation of 13 planned coal plants in her homeland. For teens and up.
Studio B: Unscripted — Kumi Naidoo & Winona LaDukeA two-part conversation between the longtime environmental activists — Naidoo is the global ambassador for Africans Rising for Justice and a former Greenpeace executive director, and LaDuke is an Ojibwe farmer and economist. For teens and up.
The Tipping Point: Climate ChangeThe BBC’s concise presentation on global warming. For teens and up.
Wangari Maathai and the Green Belt Movement
The Nobel Peace Prize winning activist on her Nairobi-based, grassroots NGO, which empowers rural communities economically by teaching them sustainable, regenerative agricultural methods. Since its 1977 inception, GBM (greenbeltmovement.org) has been responsible for planting millions of tree and training thousands of women as foresters, beekeepers, and food processors. For teens and up.

NEWSLETTERS

Heated, Emily Atkin.Billed as “accountability journalism for the climate crisis.” For readers seeking fiery takes from a criticially acclaimed climate journalist.
Minimum Viable Planet, Sarah Lazarovic.A hope-filled weekly newsletter about fighting climate change. For anyone interested in taking action.
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