21 steps to cool the climate

1. Amor Fati (Latin for “Love one’s Fate”) is in Ola the Polar Bear’s opinion (and ours) the starting point to having a great life – and to solving the climate crisis. It’s to love our lives just the way they are and to not let outside circumstances control our emotions. While this might sound difficult in the face of our climate crisis, when we endure and even love our trials we become stronger – and can transform negatives to positives. 

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Amor Fati also protects us from hopeless doomerism or willful denialism. We believe in loving things as they are while taking actions that reduce and remove carbon emissions – to cool the climate! 

2. Love Learning Curiosity for science – not for what we want to hear – is a prerequisite for solving the climate crisis. The carbon level in the atmosphere (which regulates temperatures) is 415+ parts per million and rising because of human activities. To return to the safe level of 350ppm, we NEED to go carbon negative…all according to science! 

3. Resolve to Evolve  A commitment to changing our behavior and choices – ‘going for it’ is vital. Big and bold and even little actions can make a difference. Countries evolve too – Suriname and Bhutan are carbon negative right now and Finland is legally committing itself to the same by 2040. 

4. Hangout in Nature Experiencing the outdoors – a hike, a swim in the ocean, meditating on the presence of trees – is a great way to recharge. When we connect with nature, we realize it’s the source of life and are energized to care. Along with the wisdom of Amor Fati, it can be an antidote for climate anxiety or despair too (like with Simon and Billy in cartoons here and here). 

5. See The World As Amazing What kind of World would you like to see? Visualize it and act on the solutions to get there. We believe impossible is nothing and that we can be a force of good in the World  – including for the climate! 

6. Calculate your carbon footprint We all have a carbon footprint…and since changing the World starts with ourselves, click on Peep if you’d like a carbon calculator to help you figure out yours (we’re all a little bit responsible for the climate crisis!)

After you calculate, follow the below steps to do your share in going carbon negative (i.e. cooling the climate).

 

7. Reduce Nearly everything we buy has a carbon footprint – so by needing and buying less things (and with less packaging) we lower it.

If you don’t already, check out local thrift shops, farmers’ markets, and yard sales. You can find great deals while boosting the second hand/local economy while also lowering your overall carbon footprint.

When you do buy new, buy local high quality – so that it lasts!

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8. Reuse From reusable mugs for drinks to reusable containers for meals to reusable bags for shopping – our little actions make a big difference. 

The more times you reuse something, the less trees get chopped down or oil is extracted from the ground to make throw-away products. 

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 9. Recycle It takes lots of extra energy to make things from scratch! Making cans from recycled aluminum for example uses 90% less energy compared to mined aluminum.

10. Compost Composting food scraps helps reduce your overall carbon emissions while enriching the soil with nutrients too! Get a backyard compost bin or there are plenty of services that will pick up food scraps if that’s s better fit for your lifestyle.

11. Be Energy Smart Think green and conserve energy in addition to buying Energy Star appliances. Simple things like turning off lights you’re not using or putting on a sweater instead of blasting the heat in the winter will lower your bills and carbon footprint.

12. Dry Clothes in The Sun If you’re able to, get a clothes line and hang your things out to dry. You’ll save money and can reduce tons off of your carbon footprint!

13. Travel Smarter If you can bike, travel by public transport or electric car, you’ll be able to cut back a lot on your carbon footprint. Airplane travel, fyi, is a huge carbon emitter!

14. Eat Less Meat or Go Vegan A plant-based diet reduces your carbon footprint. Studies vary, but the range in carbon reduction can be from 3% to 30%. And hey, you’d be reducing animal suffering too – a double win. 

15. Buying Local Reduces Your Carbon Footprint Something we all probably know…but buying tomatoes (for example) from a local farmer’s market instead of tomatoes grown in Mexico (for example) will emit less carbon – unless you live in Mexico! 🙂

16. Use Less Water Low-flow shower heads and toilets, five-minute showers instead of baths, are among the ways to lower water and power usage. Buying Energy Star appliances also reduces water usage, which results in using less energy and lowering your carbon emissions too!

17. Grow A Garden It’s super gratifying to grow a vegetable garden and there are no ‘food miles’ – carbon emissions from food traveling to your plate – except of course the travel for the seeds you plant.

18. Grow A Tree Plant a tree with your fam, friends, or local eco group. Planting native trees and a long-term commitment to their growth helps sequester carbon!

19. Activism While our individual actions are super important, activism and civic involvement is a vital part of the climate movement. Do you like attending marches? Writing letters to politicians? Making calls or raising money for eco groups? Public opinion and your help with shaping community action vitally important too!

20. Raise Money for Carbon Capture After doing everything you can to reduce your carbon footprint, you’ll still have (unless you live completely off the grid) an annual carbon footprint that needs to be offset or – to cool the climate – to go carbon negative. Two options to raise money are to have a cool the climate bake sale or lemonade stand.

21. Cool The Climate! If you’ve done all you can to reduce your carbon footprint, well done! There’s one final step now to offset and go carbon negative – spending some money on a reputable non-profit or company that removes carbon from the atmosphere. Click on the Earth to see our recommendations. We collectively must remove more carbon than we emit from the air to cool the climate – let’ do it!