New Community Project
...Turning the world upside down...
The Heat Is On!
We have to decarbonize our economy, not just our personal habits—and do it soon—or “the second half of this century will not be a time you would choose to live in.” - Gwynne Dyer in Climate Wars
Slowing and then reversing climate change is a key challenge of our times. NCP believes the changes we need to turn things around won't come from the top political or corporate leaders—
but from people who care deeply for our planet and its people and its future-
joining with other people of courage and conscience and compassion—
who not only embody lifestyles that model a new direction, but move out from there to become agents for change in our communities, society and world.
In other words, a movement—
with both a sense of urgency for what is looming and a sense of hope for the better future that can be—
So yes, this plan invites personal changes—but it also calls on all of us not to stop there, but to become an agent for change in our communities and society.
What’s at stake? Only food supplies in Africa, everyday life in the USA, our efforts to combat global poverty, lower production of coffee farms in Tanzania and cherry orchards in California, the survival of plants and animals , fish relocating to cooler waters in the North Atlantic, moose mortality in the Lower 48, sea levels as glaciers melt, the future of the earth’s polar regions—and did we mention war, famine and pestilence.
Beginning with YOU
Our main global warming-causing activities are cars, consumption, housing and diet. So let's get started!
Quick and (relatively) easy immediate impacts:
Loads of facts and figures on climate change—and a lesson plan for educating others—on our Time's a'wastin' page
Need inspiration and information? Check out these books on NCP's Reading List: Climate Wars, The Flooded Earth and Diet for a Hot Planet; take a look at this weather-and-climate change blog and a website that focuses on the science of climate change.
Just changing ourselves is not going to put the brakes on climate change-we have to get the message to others.
Engage others by being visible and vocal:
The bar is set so low-so few people doing anything significant-that even small deeds of noncarbonity will stand out!
Change the System
We can't do both—have an ever-growing economy AND have a livable planet. If our first priority is passing on a livable planet to future generations, we have to begin living within our ecological limits as a society, even if it means downsizing our appetites for more and newer and bigger. Therefore...
More background on climate change
See for yourself what's at stake—take an NCP Learning Tour to the Amazon and Arctic