Living With Climate Change – Session 9 (Individual and Collective Actions Resources)

GENERAL

Reducing Your Carbon Footprint Still Matters: In fact, getting politicians and industry to address climate change may start at home (Oct 26, 2018) Leor Hackel & Gregg Sparkman, Slate – Science

Green America – Green Living

The Carbon Mistake: Why carbon is not always the appropriate target of our efforts (May 17, 2020) Alan Journet

INFORMATION RELATED TO KEY QUESTIONS

Key Question 1. What are the implications of climate change for human population and consumption?

Population

I’m an environmental journalist, but I never write about overpopulation. Here’s why. (Nov 29, 2018) by David Roberts, Vox.

Remember the Population Bomb? It’s Still Ticking  (New York Times, 2017) [This link is good, however, The New York Times limits monthly access if you don’t have an account.]

The Population Question ((Nov 18,  2022) by Somini Sengupta, Global correspondent, Climate for The New York Times. [This link is good, however, The New York Times limits monthly access if you don’t have an account.]

Consumption
CONSUMPTION – General

Oregon’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions through 2015: An assessment of Oregon’s sector-based and consumption-based greenhouse gas emissions (May 2018) A report by Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality.

United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns (2017) – The UN website for Consumption goals which includes dozens of reports, meetings, global partnerships, news.

Overshoot day – Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year.

The Story of Stuff Short 2:35 minute version  OR The Story of Stuff Full length 21:16  – This animated look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns, made in 2009 it is still a timely watch. Created by Annie Leonard. It has now become The Story of Stuff Project.

Local Waste-not Guide – In honor of past member Louise Shawkat who was the original creator/teacher of this MCP session on consumption, here is a link she shared to an extensive recycling guide from socks to electronics compiled by Ashland resident, Debi Smith. Although created in mind for Ashland residents, it includes many resources and drop of locations throughout the Rogue Valley and by mail.

 FOOD

Food systems account for more than one third of global greenhouse gas emissions (March 2021) Food and Agriculture Association of the United Nations

“Energy Smart” Food for People and Climate (2011) A 78-page comprehensive Issue Paper by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations

UN Food Loss and Waste Database – The database contains data and information from openly accessible reports and studies measuring food loss and waste across food products, stages of the value chain, and geographical areas.

Cool Food Pledge – A movement for food institutions that helps organizations commit to and achieve a science-based target to reduce the climate impact of the food they serve. Members are guided through a three-step approach: PledgePlan, and Promote.

Project Drawdown on food waste

Animal Agriculture Responsible for 57% of Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Food Production, Study Finds (Sep 15, 2021) EcoWatch by Brett Wilkins – Discusses results from Nature Food study showing Global food production accounts for more than a third of all greenhouse gas emissions, with meat and dairy responsible for twice as much planet-heating carbon pollution as plant-based foods.

Climate-Friendly Food Is Easier Than We Think (March 27, 2021)  Edwina Hughes, Richard Waite and Gerard Pozzi, World Resources Institute.

Yes, plant-based meat is better for the planet: The environmental debate over meatless meat, explained. (Nov 18, 2021) Vox, by Matthew Hayek and Jan Dutkiewicz – In-depth investigative article covering all aspects of the argument for alternative meats.

Beyond Meat uses climate change to market fake meat substitutes. Scientists are cautious (Sept 2019) CNBC – “Beyond and Impossible go somewhere towards reducing your carbon footprint, but saying it’s the most climate friendly thing to do — that’s a false promise,” said Marco Springmann, a senior environmental researcher at the University of Oxford.

Grass-Fed Beef Will Not Help Tackle Climate Change. (Oct. 03, 2017) EcoWatch

Your Questions About Food and Climate Change, Answered (April 15, 2022) New York Times by Julia Moskin et al. – An in-depth, hyperlinked article about all aspects of how your diet affects climate change and what you need to know about eating meat, diary, seafood and produce, and preventing food waste. (NYT has a limited number of freely accessed articles, after which you hit a paywall.)

Video (5:39) The diet that helps fight climate change  (2017) – Climate Lab is produced by the University of California in partnership with Vox. Hosted by conservation scientist Dr. M. Sanjayan, the videos explore the surprising elements of our lives that contribute to climate change and the groundbreaking work being done to fight back.

Eating Seafood Can Reduce Your Carbon Footprint, But Some Fish Are Better Than Others (Feb 2018) Ecowatch by Oceana

Brazil’s Cattle Sector Played Large Role in Fires During 2020 Moratorium (Nov 2021) Frontiers in Forests and Global Change by I.H. Schelly et al – the cattle sector contributed disproportionately to the fires in 2020, in terms of both the number of properties involved and the area burned. Improvements in both supply chain policies and overall environmental governance in the Amazon are likely needed to avoid recurrences of the catastrophic scale of fires during the 2020 season.

World’s largest meat company, JBS, increases emissions by 51% in five years despite 2040 net zero climate target, continues to greenwash its huge climate footprint (April 21, 2022) Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy, by DeSmog

Palm Oil Was Supposed to Help Save the Planet. Instead It Unleashed a Catastrophe. (Nov 2018) New York Times Magazine, by Abraham Lustgarten – A decade ago, the U.S. mandated the use of vegetable oil in biofuels, leading to industrial-scale deforestation — and a huge spike in carbon emissions. [This link is good, however, The New York Times limits monthly access if you don’t have an account.]

The Chocolate Scorecard – A scorecard rating chocolate manufacturers based on criteria such as Deforestation and Climate, Child Labour, Agroforestry, among others.

PLASTICS

How plastics contribute to climate change (August 20, 2019) Yale Climate Connections by Brooke Bauman

Plastics and Climate: The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet (May 2019) report by CIEL – Center for International Environmental Law

Yes! Magazine “The Solving Plastic” Issue. (Summer 2021) See especially the feature story by Erica Cirino “Plastic World or Plastic-Free World?” and Small Works graphic story by Sarah Lazarovic “How to Get Rid of Throwaway Culture”

Synthetic Polymer Contamination in Bottled Water  (Sept 11, 2018) Frontiers in Chemistry by Mason SA, Welch VG, Neratko J.

Discovery and quantification of plastic particle pollution in human blood (May 2022) Environment International, by H.A. Leslie et al – the first known study to detect and quantify polymers from plastics in human blood

The Story of Plastic (2020) Full feature documentary (1:23) produced by The Story of Stuff Project, on Amazon for $1.99 SD version. Also, a free animated short version (4:16)

Plastic Pollution Our World in Data (2018) by Hannah Ritchie and Max. A creative commons site. This report focuses on plastics pollution. This report includes a FAQs on plastics and a slide deck summary of global plastics.

Countries Tried to Curb Trade in Plastic Waste. The U.S. Is Shipping More. (March 12, 2021) New York Times by Hiroko Tabuchi and Michael Corkery – Data shows that American exporters continue to ship plastic waste overseas, often to poorer countries, even though most of the world has agreed to not accept it. [This link is good, however, The New York Times limits monthly access if you don’t have an account.]

Infographic: Seven common types of plastics, with symbols and applications, (2021) European Environment Agency

Recycling Modernization Act (Senate Bill 582) Oregon. The new law became effective Jan. 1, 2022 and recycling program changes will start in July 2025. This system-wide update will make recycling easier for the public to use, expand access to recycling services, upgrade the facilities that sort recyclables, and create environmental benefits while reducing social and environmental harms, such as plastic pollution. Producers and manufacturers of packaged items, paper products and food serviceware will pay for many of these necessary improvements and help ensure recycling is successful in Oregon.

UN Environmental Programme Resolution 5/14 “End plastic pollution: Towards an international legally binding instrument” (June 2022) At the resumed fifth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly a historic resolution (5/14) was adopted and will be overseen by an intergovernmental negotiating committee (INC) on plastic pollution.

World’s nations start to hammer out first global treaty on plastic pollution (Feb 23, 2022) Science by Erik Stokstad – Negotiators from 193 countries are setting out to create a negotiating committee that will try to hammer out, within 2 years, a new global treaty intended to curb plastic pollution.

 CLOTHING

ChangingMarkets.org – This market accountability foundation out of The Netherlands publishes in-depth 50+page reports on various environmental issues, with 3 recent studies (2022) on fashion: Synthetics Anonymous: Fashion’s persistent plastic problemLicence to Greenwash: How Certification Schemes and Voluntary Initiatives are Fuelling Fossil Fashion, and Dressed to Kill: Fashion brands’ hidden links to Russian oil in a time of war

Pros and Cons of 6 Natural Fabrics (2019) by Lydia Noyes in Mother Earth Living

Are These Trends Green or Greenwashed? (Winter 2019) by Eleanor Greene in Green America.org. We fact-checked the claims of trendy companies advertising green options.

Unraveling the Fashion Industry (Winter 2019) Eleanor Greene, editor, Green America.org. It’s easy to ignore the huge influence garments have on workers and the planet. Luckily, activists and businesses are working to make the fashion industry better. If you wear clothes, you can too.

Unpacking Toxic Textiles (Winter 2019) by Asher Weinstein, Green America.org. Business as usual in the garment industry is bad for people and the planet, from agriculture to factories, from stores to our closets.

Helping governments and stakeholders make The SDGS a reality

Fashionopolis by Dana Thomas

The Story of Microfibers (video: 2:47)

All birds How much did your outfit cost the planet? Now any brand can use our Carbon Footprint tools to label their emissions.

Changing consumption habits

 Greenhouse 100 Polluters Index (2021 report based on 2019 data) by U of Mass Amhert’s Poltical Economy Research Institute (PERI)

The Fallacy of Our Carbon Footprint (April 2021) Yes! Magazine by Emma Pattee – Big Oil deflects the responsibility by saying citizens should do more to stop climate change

Transforming Waste Tool: How communities have defined zero waste EPA webpage on what US communities are doing about Zero Waste, featuring a 2015 Resolution by US Mayors.

Made-by Environmental Benchmark for Fibres – by Common Objective provides a global tech solution for sustainable fashion business. This is a ranking of the most sustainable (organic hemp) to the least sustainable (wool) fibers for clothing.

Accelerating Circularity – A US textile NPO whose mission is to establish systems that will use the embedded value and resources in existing textiles for new products, reducing the millions of tons of textile waste annually going into landfills and thereby supporting the reduction of the industry’s GHG emissions.

What Retailers Like Amazon Do With Unsold Inventory (Dec 19, 2019) CNBC feature story. 13:36 Youtube video

Meatless meat is becoming mainstream — and it’s sparking a backlash (Oct 7, 2019) By Kelsey Piper, Vox. The growing pushback against Impossible and Beyond burgers in fast-food chains, explained.

Alternative Meats Are Having a Moment—We Break Down the Different Types to Cut Through the Confusion (updated September 18, 2019) by Kelly Vaughn, Real Simple. To infinity and beyond (burger).

Eating Seafood Can Reduce Your Carbon Footprint, But Some Fish Are Better Than Others

To Shrink Your Carbon Footprint, Ease Up on the Dairy

Is This the End of Recycling? The Atlantic, March 5, 2019

Bokashi cycle

FoodKeeper App – This US government App helps you understand the best storage for food and beverages to help maximize the freshness and quality of items.

Lend Me a Plate – Program in Ashland OR for borrowing dishes for large events

Food Label Guide (Green America)

Earth 911 Recycling Resource Guide – On the top of their page you can enter an item that you are trying to recycle and it will tell you the closest location for recycling.

Key Question 2: What are reasonable GHG reduction goals?

Climate Science Basics (350.org)

Good Company Southern Oregon regional greenhouse Gas Inventory  (2011) The first inventory undertaken of greenhouse gas emissions from this region.  Previously posted on the Rogue Valley Council of Governments web site but relocated with permission to SOCAN when RVCOG removed it.

Good Company Renewable Energy Assessment for Jackson and Josephine Counties (December 2011) An analysis by the Good Company of Renewable Energy options for Jackson and Josephine Counties; a little dated but the patterns are probably still relevant. Previously posted on the Rogue Valley Council of Governments web site but relocated with permission to SOCAN when RVCOG removed it.

Inventory of US Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks (2020) EPA

Oregon Greenhouse Gas Sector-Based Inventory Data (2019) Oregon DEQ Air Quality Programs . Discussion of Oregon GHG emissions

IPCC Report Global Warming of 1.5ºC (2018) An IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty.

NOAA Climate Change: Annual greenhouse gas index  (2021) Explaining the AGGI based on 1990 patterns, this offers a  discussion of how all major greenhouse gases are impacting the warming trend.

The Fallacy of Endless Economic Growth (Sept 2018) Christopher Ketcham What economists around the world get wrong about the future.

How It All Ends The 10 minute video about Pascal’s Wager.

Key Question 3: What are the main individual actions we can take to reduce GHG emissions?

SOCAN’s ‘What We Can Do’ list

5 Ways Families Can Help Tackle Climate Change (Jan 20, 2020) By Greg McDermid, Joule A Bergerson, Sheri Madigan; EcoWatch

How to get your family Carbon Free in 10 Years (Oct 1, 2018) by Brooke Jarvis & Doug Pibel, YES! Magazine

How does your credit card stack up? Green America

Looking for a Better Bank. Green America. Many banks (especially the amoral mega-banks) support fossil fuels and climate change.

The Power of Divestment (Green America) A discussion of the importance of divesting from institutions that support fossil fuels.

The Top 200 Fossil Fuel Companies 350.0rg’s Go Fossil Free

Banking on Climate Chaos (2022) Fossil Fuel Climate Report. Since Paris 2015, Banks have funneled $4.6 trillion to fossil fuel corporations.

Electrify Your Home (March 2022) Brian Stewart, Electrify Now (video 1:22:36)

Electrify Now: Empowering everyone to create our clean energy future

Electrify Ashland Now!

Ashland All Electric Home Fact Sheet 3.24.22

1 Ashland Electrify Now 3.24.22

Are Local Climate Efforts Enough? (Aug 30, 2018) by Olivia Rosane, EcoWatch

The Paris Agreement: What is the Paris Agreemnt? and How does it work?

Carbon countdown clock: how much of the world’s carbon budget have we spent? The Guardian – Environment. Includes active countdown clock.

Mercator Institute Carbon Clock Another carbon countdown clock.

The Magic Number: Holding warming under two degrees Celsius is the goal. But is it still attainable? The Washington Post

Special Report: Global Warming of 1.5ºC (2018) An IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty.

Carbon Offsets (Carbon Credits):

Carbon Offsets, Explained by Joelle Novey, Green America. Caution should be used when purchasing Carbon Offsets. Green America provides information about considerations.

First-of-its-Kind Study Casts More Shade on Forest Carbon Offsets (March 23, 2023) by Olivia Rosane, EcoWatch

Carbon Fund.org (calculators and buying)

Native Energy (How Offsets work and Buying)

My Climate

TerraPass

The International Carbon Reduction and Offsetting Accreditation (ICROA) is a leading industry Accreditation Programme committed to enhancing integrity in the voluntary carbon market in support of the Paris Agreement Goals.

Green-e® Climate A global third-party certification program for carbon offsets

Gold Standard  We manage best practice standards for climate and sustainable development interventions to maximise impact, creating value for people around the world and the planet we share.

Arcadia Power accredited by the Better Business Bureau, certified Green-e, and part of the Department of Energy’s National Community Solar Partnership. (Link to check availability on webpage).

Blue Sky Renewable Energy for Pacific Power customers

Key Question 4: What are the collective actions we can take to reduce GHG emissions?

The Solutions Project Let’s create the future we want.

2022 Oregon Legislative Session Wrap-up: Climate Action 

Notes About 2023 Oregon Legislative Session

Progress on the Oregon Climate Action Plan (Executive Order 20-04)

Oregon Climate Action Plan Two-Year Progress Report (March 2022) Oregon Climate Coalition Leadership.

March 2022 SOCAN Monthly Meeting: Addressing Climate Crisis in Oregon: 2022 Legislative & OCAP Progress YouTube video (1:04:47)

An Introduction to the Cap & Trade Versus the Tax/Fee and Dividend Approach  Alan’s summary of the main differences

Contact your State Representatives, and Legislative Leaders to support legislation:

Find your Federal Senators & Representative.

Find Your Oregon State Senator & Representative

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