This section includes books, websites, podcasts and videos providing consumers with information to better understand–and potentially make small steps to reduce–their carbon footprint. Four are highlighted to get you started. Additional resources follow, organized by resource type.
The National Science and Media Museum in the UK brought together a panel of experts to address how consumer behavior can make a difference to climate change and how businesses can make it easier to live sustainably.
Brightly co-founders Laura and Liza host a podcast for those “curious about a zero waste lifestyle … (wanting) to know what the circular economy really means.” Each 30 minute episode features daily, actionable tips to help you live your life more sustainably.
This guide details choices one can make in their day-to-day life to lessen their personal impact on the environment. Broken down into five sections: On the Road, In the Sky; On Your Plate; In Your Home; What You Buy; What You Do.
Book offering everyday cleaning and laundry tips and interesting ideas like “zero-effort oven cleaner and guidance on (sustainably) removing tricky stains from clothing and furniture.” Helpful for anyone looking to reduce their use of plastic and throwaway products in general. Includes recipes for all-purpose cleaners and replacements for harmful chemicals that will keep both your home and the planet clean and green for future generations.
Many cleaning tips have been handed down over the years to get rid of nasty stains or odors. Green cleaning is just a different way of thinking about what you put on the surfaces in your home, what you breathe, and what you touch. Full of tips on how to clean just about anything without the use of toxic products.
As the air we breathe gets more polluted, plants can help combat the negative and make our air healthier. From Dr. Bill Wolverton, one of the world’s foremost authorities in the use of phytoremediation. Shares ideas from many years of practical application, primarily in wastewater treatment and indoor air pollution abatement.
“We can’t stop shopping. And yet we must. This is the consumer dilemma.” Even the slightest drop in spending leads to widespread unemployment, bankruptcy, and home foreclosure. Drawing from experts in fields ranging from climate change to economics, the author investigates how living with less would change our planet, our society, and ourselves, and “just how much we stand to gain.”
Climate Change Connection is a charitable non-government organization working to educate citizens of Manitoba, Canada, about climate change and to facilitate sustainable solutions. Offers insight into how Manitobans can make a real difference in the struggle to deal with climate change issues.
“Co-ordinated ambitious action taken today can dramatically reduce future harm.” List compiled by Australia’s leading climate change communications organization of their top ten, large-scale solutions to dramatically reduce carbon emissions.
Started in the early 1990’s, Earth911 advocates that “humans can successfully reduce their impact by using less, reusing and recycling more, and constantly making small improvements through their daily decisions at home, while shopping, at work, and at play.” The site provides information, products and an easy search tool for where to recycle goods.
A team of economists, data scientists, and climate experts with decades of experience working at the intersection of evidence-based policy and the environment, with the objective of directing dollars and volunteers towards evidence-backed projects that combat the climate crisis.
Written by Livia Albeck-Ripka, a reporting fellow with The New York Times's climate and environment desk, this guide details choices one can make in day-to-day life to lessen their personal impact on the environment. Divided into five sections: On the Road, in the Sky; On Your Plate; In Your Home; What You Buy; What You Do.
The Oceanic Society, America’s oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to ocean conservation answers questions on: What can I do about climate change? Can I make a difference on my own? And what are the most impactful actions I can take to reduce my carbon footprint?
From a retired UK civil servant, website includes lots of tips on zero-waste living. “It starts by refusing things. Whatever you still have and use you should reduce to save resources. Substitute disposables for reusable options, and recycle things. Separate what little rubbish you have left and make sure to recycle. Compost what’s left and let it rot.”
New York-based website was founded by entrepreneur and eco-advocate Graham Hill in 2004. With a background in architecture and design, Hill’s vision was for the site to serve as a vehicle for driving sustainability mainstream – and to do so with a modern twist. Site offers advice, clarity, and inspiration for green consumers.
From World Resources Institute (WRI), detailed article on what a net zero target means, the science behind net zero and which countries have already made net zero commitments. Includes helpful infographics and videos such as ‘10 key solutions needed to reduce GHG emissions’, a video: ‘The Path to Zero Emissions: What is Net Zero?’ and “Sources Where Countries' Net Zero Targets are Communicated”.
Author Bea Johnson writes “Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot (and only in that order) is my method to reducing my family’s annual trash to a jar since 2008” Her website provides a resource for locating bulk food products in your area (US). There is also a link to her book focusing on the elements of a zero waste home.
The 2030 Calculator can be used by any product brand or manufacturer to quickly calculate the carbon footprint of products based on emissions created from manufacturing and transport up until the point of sale. The Calculator uses unique emissions factors for each of the product parts, materials, packaging, transportation, as well as the energy consumed in the manufacturing process to determine its calculations. All calculations are cradle-to-gate and self-declared.
GHG Protocol establishes comprehensive global standardized frameworks to measure and manage greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from private and public sector operations, value chains and mitigation actions. GHG Protocol offers online training on their standards and tools, as well as the “Built on GHG Protocol” review service, which recognizes sector guidance, product rules and tools that are in conformance with GHG Protocol standards.
Brightly co-founders Laura and Liza, host a podcast for those “curious about a zero waste lifestyle…(wanting) to know what the circular economy really means.” Each 30 minute episode features daily, actionable tips to help listeners live their lives more sustainably.
This lifestyle podcast explores sustainable low waste and slow living. Host Claire Hamilton converses with guests who own small sustainable businesses or are especially knowledgeable in related areas. Provides information on how to be a more conscious consumer, and tips on how to start right away no matter where you are in your sustainable journey.
Oi and Dave offer “a weekly dose of chat about topics spanning environmental news and politics, wildlife, health and everyday sustainable living.” Humorous hosts who openly admit their own confusion within the subject aim for both fun and educational listening.
Jennifer Myers Chua hosts this podcast about the environmental and social costs of the things we buy. A look into conscious consumerism, and the stories behind businesses with sustainable or social focus. Approachable, actionable tips on how to take small steps towards meaningful change.
Practical advice and how-to’s from Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus on implementing a conscious lifestyle to avoid hoarding and irresponsible trashing. Team also produces blogs, Tedx Talks, Netflix movies and more.
This YouTube video focuses on how K-12 education systems can reduce their carbon footprints generated through use of energy, transportation, and food. Panelists share their experiences advocating for and implementing sustainable strategies in their schools.
The National Science and Media Museum in the UK brought together a panel of experts to address questions on how consumer behavior can make a difference to climate change, and how businesses can make it easier for us to live sustainably.
The Integrated Carbon Observation System, ICOS provides standardized and open data from more than 140 measurement stations across 13 European countries. In this episode of #CO2FFEE with ICOS, a panel speaks about individual and communal power to reduce carbon footprint. Alsot the importance of pressuring national governments to drastically reduce carbon emissions by replacing conventional energy sources with renewables.
Part of a series from the University of Oxford. This episode addresses the question: With a lot of Government work relying on geopolitical understanding between nation states and large multinational corporations, is there still potential for actions on an individual level to shape the future of the planet?
Each month, Citizens’ Climate Lobby hosts an online meeting featuring a guest speaker to educate listeners on topics related to climate change, carbon fee and dividend, and the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. How do we use what we know about the human psyche to encourage action on climate change? Per Espen Stoknes examines this challenge as a psychologist and Norwegian Green Party Politician.