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What Can One Person Do When 6.8 Billion Are Frying the Planet?

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How can YOU take action? What’s YOUR plan?

  1. DOES YOUR CITY HAVE A PLAN? Use Google to find out if your region has a Mitigation and Adaptation Plan for climate change, like Toronto and New York have. (And if they don’t, then press your local politicians to develop one!)
  2. MAKE YOUR OWN PLAN. Develop your own personal Mitigation and Adaptation Plan. There are many actions each of us can take to protect ourselves and our property from floods, heat waves, power shortages, water shortages… etc. See the Resources below for ideas such as this one from the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction: Handbook for Reducing Basement Flooding.
  3. TAP INTO ENVIRONMENTAL NETWORKS: Get the ball rolling by participating in environmental action, or financially supporting, these environmental organizations and others:

 

 


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GET A LITTLE HELP FROM YOUR FRIENDS:

  • Take action in your community to build the future you want (not the one you fear).
  • Connect with like-minded people. (Twitter can help to connect you.)37_fryingplanetG2.jpg

Franke JamesFranke James is an artist and storyteller who merges science and personal activism to inspire people to “do the hardest thing first” for the planet. Her award-winning illustrated book, Bothered By My Green Conscience, tells the story of her selling her only car (an SUV!) and challenging City Hall for the right to build a green driveway.

Photographs, illustrations and writing by Franke James, MFA, except as noted below:

“Cruel Irony” illustration features: Tar sands photo by © Greenpeace

Finch Avenue on August 2005: Photos courtesy Jane-Finch.com

Cover: “Ahead of the Storm” City of Toronto climate change brochure

Woolly Mammoth on Road photo-illustration by Franke James, using reproduction of antique mammoth engraving © istockphotos.

Heat Island graphic by Clean Air Partnership

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