To Slow Global Warming, Change Ourselves First: That Includes How We Invest

There are many ways to green our daily lives… but a great tool most people don’t think of is greening our investments.   In particular, at least stop doing harm by dumping any investment in oil, coal or natural gas companies…

Know Your Superpowers, to Beat Global Warming… With You as a Warrior, We Will Win

Get started, taking action on solutions to our emerging climate crisis… while celebrating good jobs and clean, prosperous lives for millions.  In a very real sense, we are inventing the healthy civilization of the future. It starts with YOU.  The…

To Save the Planet, Use Our Voices: That Includes Setting an Awesome Example for Kids…

As a kid, I always watched the grown ups… Like a young hawk, I absorbed the examples they set:  They showed me how I should live, what leadership looks like.  They showed me that I have power and a voice.…

Top Ways to Save the Planet: Here’s Your Action Handbook

An excellent action handbook comes to us from Al Gore, Nobel Peace Prize winner and world leader of the fight to slow the emerging climate crisis. Gore's new book Truth to Power: Your Action Handbook to Learn the Science, Find Your Voice,…

To Save the Planet, Change Yourself First: Reduce the Vast Amount of Wasted Food

It turns out reducing food waste is the third most powerful way to fight global warming. And, a refreshing bonus, it saves hard-earned money – in effect giving each of us a pay raise. This is as true for families as it is for…

To Save the Planet, Change Yourself First: The Pope’s Moral Case for Climate Warriors, Made to Oil Execs

I like this pope. Speaking to invited oil industry leaders in the Vatican in early June, Pope Francis reminded them of the moral argument for fighting the emerging climate crisis, as well as ethical principles that should be followed by…

To Save the Planet, Invest Your Working Life: Hawaii Creates Jobs by Going Green

Why WOULDN'T anyone want to go work in Hawaii for a few years?  Here's a great piece from Fast Company, "Hawaii Just Passed a Law to Make the State Carbon-Neutral by 2045." This creates good jobs and business opportunities in…

To Save the Planet, Change Yourself First: Zero-out Your Pollution, by Buying Carbon Offsets

As a business person and a climate solutions fan, I look for trends where the two intersect.  Corporations and families are learning to nullify greenhouse gas pollution produced by their operations or by family energy and travel. How?  Pay others…

To Save the Planet, Change Yourself First: Climate-friendly Plant-based Meat Substitutes are Becoming Widely Available

Who knew fighting global warming could taste so good? Yummy plant-based meat substitutes are a rapidly growing new market, not just saving the planet but in the process also creating great new jobs as well as a solid business opportunity. …

“OK, I get it. How do I do my part?” Here’s how…

Hello friends, welcome… are you asking yourself, “OK, I get it. How do I do my part?” Get started, taking action on solutions to our emerging climate crisis… while celebrating good jobs and clean, prosperous lives for millions.  In a very…

Great Animation to Share, Concisely Showing the Global Warming of Recent Decades

Hey, busy people,  here is a new, concise animation showing the increasing temperatures of recent decades. (It's actually kind of hypnotic, fun to watch...) I’d say it’s important to share the animation with family and friends – to gently and…

To Save the Planet, Share This Collection of Climate-Solutions Memes – See Below…

Photo memes are a quick, punchy tool you and I can use to fight global warming: We can use them to keep climate change solutions top-of-mind, among people we want to influence. That's what it's all about... each of us…

To Save the Planet, Support New Technologies: Carbon Fiber Saves a LOT of Gasoline, is Stronger Than Steel

Soon it will be time to get in on the emerging carbon fiber industry... especially now that researchers can make the ultrastrong, ultralight steel-replacement out of plants instead of petroleum, as explained in this article in Popular Science by Jeremiah…

To Save the Planet, Change Ourselves First: 10 Ways to Reduce Your Family’s Carbon Footprint

From Eryn Gable of the healthy lifestyle website The Spruce: "The choices we make in our everyday lives have a profound effect on our environment, but there are simple actions you can take to reduce that impact. Here's a list…

To Save the Planet, Change Ourselves First: Electric Cars are Already Cheaper to Run Than Gasoline Cars

Here's a great article from The Guardian, reporting that "electric cars are already cheaper to own and run than petrol or diesel cars in the UK, US and Japan, new research shows." This data confirms my own experience as an…

To Save the Planet, Use Our Voices: Michael Bloomberg Gives $50M to Replace Coal with Clean Energy

Billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg certainly used his voice in an awesome way this week, by giving $50 million of his own money to advocate internationally to replace filthy coal with cleaner energy.  This is in addition to $165 million he…

To Save the Planet, Use Your Voice: Like Paul McCartney, in His Film on Protecting Our Fragile Planet

There aren't many with as fine a voice as Paul McCartney's, and his is taking the new U.S. administration to task for its weakness at fighting climate change. According to the BBC, the former Beatle criticised President Trump's attitude towards climate…

What’s So Dangerous About Global Warming? Massive Government Report Says Climate Is Warming And Humans Are The Cause

The United States government Friday published its most-weighty report yet on the unfolding climate change crisis, drawing on over 1,500 peer-reviewed scientific papers, according to National Public Radio's All Things Considered:  Read their article or hear the broadcast here. In…

To Save the Planet, Change Ourselves First: 17 Ways to Fight Climate Change in Our Daily Lives

Here's a list of 17 things we can do in our day-to-day lives to reduce our carbon footprint... the list comes from the Global Catholic Climate Movement.  The important thing is just get started - the feeling of satisfaction of…

If You’re General Motors, To Save the Planet Simply Electrify Your ENTIRE LINEUP

Astonishing news from the auto industry this week:  "General Motors said Monday that it plans to electrify its entire lineup, bringing at least 20 models to the U.S. market by 2023, including two electric vehicles within the next 18 months,"…

To Save the Planet, Change Ourselves First: What Do Both Faith and Secular Morality Tell Us?

The moral obligation created by climate change, it turns out, is the same for people of faith and for non-religious people. So, many of us are coming to realize that no one has the right to injure others, especially the weakest among…

To Save the Planet, Use Our Voices: Run for Office, or Volunteer for a Local Commission

Emotion from the 2016 U.S. election triggered a wave of new people running for office... and that includes people serious about protecting our future from environmental harm. Though the impulse comes from concern, for many it will be the most…

To Save the Planet, Invest Our Working Lives: Tesla/Panasonic’s New Solar Roof Tile Factories are Hiring

Tesla and Panasonic have launched the most exciting home construction product in decades:  Attractive high-end roofing tiles that look like expensive slate, and capture the sun's energy for home electricity use. Think of it:  We periodically need a new roof…

To Save the Planet, Change Ourselves First: Like, Simply Reduce Food Waste or Eat Meat Less Often

Changing our habits first is the way most people start global warming solutions.  It's effective, plus pretty much automatically gives one a heck of an education. And it pays to focus on big things that matter:  Compassionate food choices and…

To Save the Planet, Invest our Working Lives: Wind Power Jobs Continue Solid Growth in the American Midwest and Mountain West

Aside from its attractive and continuing cost reductions, wind energy also provides solid local jobs as large wind farms are built.  Here is an in-depth profile of Oklahoma's massive Wind Catcher wind farm project; it may well hold the title…

To Save the Planet, Use Our Voices: These 21 kids taking on Trump could be our best hope for climate action

From Eric Holthaus of Grist, a profile of 21 kids skillfully using the court system to sue those who harm the kids' futures...  by causing climate change. In this case, the commercial product causing the kids harm is coal, oil…

To Save the Planet, Use Our Voices: “I’m a climate scientist. And I’m not letting trickle-down ignorance win.”

Here's is an excellent piece from the Washington Post, by climate scientist Ben Santer of the National Academy of Sciences.  In it he firmly commits to making sure climate change facts win, not the current (and temporary) political blizzard of…

To Save the Planet, Invest Our Working Lives: Quick video showing why there are twice as many solar jobs than coal jobs in the U.S.

Here's a short, punchy YouTube showing why clean, well-paying solar jobs keep increasing while jobs in our most filthy energy source, coal, keep decreasing. It was put together by Vox. Solid economics and basic common sense... if you know someone…

To Save the Planet, Change Ourselves First: Each one of us is actually a “Many Me,” wielding influence in many arenas

When we say, To Save the Planet Change Yourself First, usually we mean our personal carbon footprint:  Transportation, homes, and even making our food choices clean and green. However, it's also fun to see ourselves as a Many Me... This…

What’s So Dangerous About Global Warming: Coal to Solar Switch Could Save 52,000 U.S. Lives Per Year

Gosh, who would have guessed, with all this talk about bringing coal jobs back? Coal is filthy stuff and shortens the lives of 52,000 Americans each year, according to "So about those coal jobs: Turns out replacing coal with solar could…

To Save the Planet, Invest Our Careers: Where to Look? Tesla is expanding…

I had the pleasure of attending my third Tesla annual shareholders meeting yesterday, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.  Among founder Elon Musk's comments, one theme stuck out for me:  Tesla is growing, a lot. Therefore, the…

To Save the Planet, Use Your Voice: Five Ways to Make a Difference

This quarter's Environmental Defense Fund Solutions magazine publishes a list of great advocacy resources... Five Ways to Make a Difference.  As the article lead-paragraph says, "In these unprecedented times, we've seen something equally unprecedented - a surge of activism." Countable (countable.us)  "Not sure…

To Save the Planet, Change Yourself First: Get Educated on the Economic Dangers of Global Warming

If we want to save the planet, we have to educate ourselves as part of "changing ourselves first." Here's an interview with Columbia Business School professor Geoffrey Heal on the dangerous economics of climate change, which he discusses at length…

What’s So Dangerous About Global Warming? Here’s What Happens if the U.S. Withdraws From the Paris Climate Change Agreement

Global Warming for Busy People is mostly calls-to-action, and we focus on coaxing busy-but-concerned people to start fighting the good fight, teaching a basket of tactics drawn from the personal powers we all possess in a democratic, market-based economy. But…

To Save the Planet, Use Your Voice: Today, Pope Francis Gave a Copy of His Climate Change Book to President Trump

One way to think about "To Save the Planet, Use Your Voice" is for us to simply look, in daily conversation or social settings, for opportunities to influence the people around us... be resourceful and courteous, but gently persistent. Today,…

To Save the Planet, Invest Your Working Life: Boom Times for Clean Energy Jobs

Here's a thoughtful overview of the clean energy job market, from Rod Griffin of the Environmental Defense Fund's quarterly magazine, EDF Solutions. Good news:  There is money to be made here, not to mention saving the planet... as Griffin points…

To Save the Planet, Use Your Voice: By Supporting Volunteers Like “Citizens Climate Lobby”

By chance good luck, the New York Times yesterday published an extended profile on Citizens Climate Lobby.  The profile fits with our own May 18 call-to-action post, asking that we all support CCL's June 9th day of calling US congressional…

To Save the Planet, Use Your Voice: June 9 Day to Call Congress, and Advocate for Carbon Fee and Dividend

One of the very highest-payoff climate change solutions is carbon-fee-and-dividend:  It fixes the serious market distortion, where climate harm is inflicted on innocent third parties but no cost ever shows up on the transgressor's books - in effect, an enormous subsidy…

Lucky news: China and India’s speedy pullback on coal effectively covers for emerging Trump-era US shortfalls in fighting climate pollution

Sometimes we get lucky, in this case where China and India are ahead of schedule curtailing the use of filthy coal - effectively, picking up the slack created by Trump squashing America's Clean Power Plan. Good backgrounder by Andrew Freedman of…

Food for Thought: President Obama Remains An Activist, Says How We Get Our Food Makes a BIG Difference on Climate Change

Following a short break after leaving the White House, President Obama returns to his skills as an activist... characteristic with his no-drama style, looks like he'll work only on really big knobs that make a difference. Climate change makes his…

Climate Change is Rewriting History Books: There Hasn’t Been a Cooler-Than-Average Month in 628 Months

March temperature data is in, and the news isn't good:  It was the second hottest March on record. The excellent graphic in this piece by Brian Kahn of Climate Central tells the story of our unfolding new-climate era. "What's so…

In One Elegant Move, Combine Two Personal Superpowers – “Invest Your Working Life” and

If you have a strong conviction on a social-change issue, there are really only three tactics you can use (Superpowers we all share, really).  They come from you, and only you... Change Yourself, or Invest Your Working Life, or Use…

Climate change action is good for the economy – and Britain is the proof

As we are seeing today in California, "Britain has proved the doom-mongers wrong: economies can thrive while emissions fall..." To me this makes obvious sense for two reasons:  One, climate solutions generate new and lucrative industries, especially creating high-wage-high-skill jobs.…

Part Three: Vehicle Standards are Energy Efficiency at its Best – and Too Valuable to Roll Back

Thank you, Lord, for putting Amory Lovins and his Rocky Mountain Institute on the planet... Here one of the world's leading experts on energy efficiency economics demolishes the Trump team's incorrect argument that lowering automobile fuel economy standards is good…

To Save the Planet, Use Your Voice: “The Indivisible Guide” to Influencing Our Leaders and the Business Community

"Be the change you want to see..."  Earlier this month I had the honor of hearing one of the authors of the fast-rising and hugely useful Indivisible Guide for grassroots-organizing. Our era and our children's eras face great risk from…

Part Two: Vehicle Standards are Energy Efficiency at its Best – and Too Valuable to Roll Back

We are seeing a renaissance in upcoming clean vehicle, high MPG gasoline and electric car offerings by all major auto manufacturer.  But there are risks:  Market acceptance is gradual and there is open hostility from some quarters.  Here's a thoughtful piece…

From Greentech Media: “How the US Wind Sector Is Building Momentum, Driving Economic Benefits”

Clean wind energy is producing jobs at a fine growth pace... inspiring confidence in the wind industry.  If you are a young person looking for a way to invest your career in a trade which saves the planet, wind energy…

To Save the Planet, Change Yourself First: The Best Two Hybrid Cars Now Get 133MPGe and 106MPGe

Automakers in every country are in a race... who will design the best electric and hybrid cars?  Two strong contestants right now are the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime which gets 133MPGe and 640 miles range, and the 2017 Chevy Volt…

News and Advocacy Sources We Follow: Deutsche Welle’s “Environment – Doing Your Bit”

An important part of "Change Yourself First" is get-as-educated-as-possible... here's a solid source I like: I find Germany's broadcast outfit Deutsche Welle a refreshing alternative to America's mainstream media.  It feels good to hear investigative journalism from other countries, produced…

Global Warming Adaptation, Like the Emerging Advanced-Energy Sector, Will Produce a LOT of New Jobs: The Alaskan Experience

Nice investigative piece from this week's Bloomberg... on how poorly prepared for climate adaptation Alaska currently is, given the much-warmer winters its economy now experiences. But, not obviously, there are a BOATLOAD of new jobs coming in the climate adaptation…

Contest: Enter Your Carbon Footprint Game in Ontario’s “Climate Change Game Jam”

Ever want to design a game?  Enter your awesome climate-footprint game in the upcoming "Climate Change Game Jam." Make saving the planet fun! The event takes place March 18 and 19, and is sponsored by the provincial government of Ontario,…

100% Greenhouse Gas-free Energy Comes to 11 Cities in Silicon Valley

Completely nonpolluting electricity has arrived for Silicon Valey residences and businesses. Silicon Valley Clean Energy is about to go live. The rollout over the next several months offers 100% carbon free energy in two different flavors depending on source. Customers will…

“If I just explain the facts, they’ll get it – right?”

Here's another of Katherine Hayhoe's excellent video talks on global warming science and global warming solutions... in this one, she talks about recent science into the psychology of skepticism:  Why simply telling folks about facts doesn't always influence them. *…

Focus on big solutions that really matter

Global warming is a devilish problem, because our greenhouse gas pollution comes mostly from fossil fuels which infect every area of our civilization. But though daunting, fossil fuels are where we must focus the big solutions, ones that really stand…

Summer release date set for An Inconvenient Sequel: Speaking Truth to Power

According to film-industry mainstay Variety, a July 28 summer release date has been set for An Inconvenient Sequel:  Speaking Truth to Power. Al Gore's ten-year update of his orginal hit global warming documentary An Inconvenient Truth received positive reviews at this month's…

Free stuff: One-on-One Counseling, Plus a List of Low-Cost Tips

Global Warming for Busy People is a free service open to all, a labor of love really, by our authors.  We are in Spring of 2017 starting free one-on-one mentoring services, to help you make a life change in any…

Concise, Positive Climate Message (Tattoo it on Your Arm)

This useful summary-message is by Canadian author Guy Dauncey, from his fine resource book: "The Climate Challenge (101 Solutions to Global Warming)"  Fossil fuels have been amazing. The age of fossil fuels is almost over. Climate change is the Earth's…

Despite the intensity of the election, there is clear bipartisan support for renewable energy

Interesting polling as reported yesterday by The Guardian: "Republicans and Democrats Alike Want More Clean Energy." We've been hearing this for sometime, that on the conservative side it is really only the leadership that blocks efforts to fight climate change...…

Two and a Half Steps to Fighting Global Warming

Maximize the effective time and skills each of us brings, without wrecking our personal lives: To Save the Planet, Change Yourself First.  To Save the Planet, Invest Your Career. To Save the Planet, Use Your Voice. (The steps do NOT…

Connecting on Climate: A Guide to Effective Climate Change Communication

Use your voice to influence the people around us, in our ordinary day-to-day low level social interactions.  Key :  Make the effort to hear their point of view and speak to their concerns. A magnificent resource to polish your technique…

To Change Yourself First, Take a Careful Look at How You Are Doing Today

If you want to save the planet, Change Yourself First.  It is the magic key that unlocks one hell of a self-education on climate change, and of course fixes your carbon footprint, your own contribution greenhouse gas pollution. But it…

Great short video on Climate Weirding by Katherine Hayhoe

I can't resist turning busy readers onto powerful, concise videos... that give a solid briefing very quickly. This video is by climate scientist Katherine Hayhoe of Texas Tech University... her talks are lively, short and pack a lot of scientific…

Just the facts… the RealClimate website is an excellent learning source

As I said, most busy people visiting our site already know that global warming is a huge, emerging and long-lived problem... But for those who want more background, here is a concise look at the unvarnished science, a link to…

Elon Musk’s Unbelievably Simple Killer Break Down on Climate Change

Normally, people who come to Global Warming for Busy People aready KNOW the magnitude of our risk and are here seeking solutions... "Ok, I get it.  What are the most efficient ways I can get results?" But just in case…

Make the Most of Our Personal Power

The biggest issue facing civilization today, "how to slow down catastrophic global warming so we have time to create the sustainable, clean economy of the future," quickly comes back to the personal level: "Ok, I get it... What can I…

Why create Global Warming for Busy People? (part 2)

Fine, so our first blog post posed problem and mission statements... scary stuff, but big and true stuff -probably the biggest challenge humanity has ever faced. But we're about solutions here, and that's where the excitement, community, and deep brain…

Why create “Global Warming for Busy People?” (part 1)

PROBLEM STATEMENT: Human population (“the economy”) will surpass our planet’s carrying capacity, and human-caused climate change stress-points are already starting to show. This is the kind of thing that ends civilizations… the stress-point emerging first and most urgently is global…