What are the most powerful individual climate actions you can take?

Like most of us, if you're anxious about the future and feel a strong urge to do something, you want to know this:

What are the most impactful things you can do personally to help mitigate climate change

The Guardian put out a call to climate scientists - all the lead authors and review editors of reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change since 2018 and received 363 responses. 

Here is a summary of what they said:

1. The most effective action individuals can take is to vote for politicians who pledge strong climate measures!

2. Fly less and reduce home heating and cooling emissions

3. Eat less red meat

Other impactful suggestions were protesting, having fewer children, talking about climate as an existential threat, shifting banking and super away from fossil fuel investments and towards green ones, and avoiding products responsible for deforestation, such as beef, timber and cocoa.

Can individual action really help?

The climate scientists were were clear on the limits of individual actions, saying they are a "drop in the bucket" but are important in increasing collective awareness of the problem.

Deep, rapid cuts in carbon emissions are needed, which are outside the control of the average individual. Only systemic changes will be sufficient.

Here at Climate for Change we can help!

Our Conversation and MP Engagement programs can help you take climate action that will make a difference! Click on the links to find out more!

1. Host a Climate Conversation to spread the word about the existential threat of climate change.

Our Conversations start with a host, who invites friends to their home. We send a trained facilitator to present information, answer questions and facilitate a discussion about climate change. 

2. Better still, train as a Conversation Facilitator

Our Conversations are run by trained volunteer facilitators – we’re always looking for passionate individuals to facilitate these innovative group discussions and inspire actions in their networks!

3.  Engage with your MPs

Your MP is your connection to Canberra and represents you there. It’s important for them to know what we think and what we want them to do on climate issues – and they don’t know unless we tell them! We've got templates and resources on the website and regular online events to inform and motivate you.

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We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia, whose sovereignty was never ceded. We acknowledge that Indigenous peoples around the world are at the forefront of climate change, both in experiencing its effects and leading solutions for change. We pay our sincerest respects to all Elders, past and present.