How We Work

Science

Every day that we continue with greenhouse gas (GHG) intensive activities, we exponentially lengthen the amount of time it will take to recover our environment to its most stable state, we lose irreplaceable species (~200/day), and we make the work of survival that much harder for everyone. 

Our top scientists have mapped out a climate recovery path back to a cooler, stable planet for children and the next seven generations. Success depends on roughly :

  • cutting emissions 10% a year or more
  • planting a crazy huge number of trees.

Stopping pollution alone will not cool the planet for centuries. But with 1 TRILLION new trees absorbing 100 Gigatons of CO2, we can cool the planet like it was in the 1980’s by 2070.

Kids around the world are already working on the plan today! Thanks to the kids in Plant-for-the-Planet Washington, Climate Action Families got organized to help, so you can make a difference too.  

But planting trees is not enough. We have to tackle the issue from both sides. We must reduce or eliminate GHG emissions as much as we can, in addition to trying to sop up everything we’ve dumped into the atmosphere.

Based on reports from the IPCC, Project Drawdown, the Sightline Institute, and NASA, as families, we have found it useful to focus on these categories of work:

  • FOOD (Agriculture) : Significantly reducing consumption of animal products, significantly reducing food waste, using a smarter diet composition

  • TRANSPORTATION : Reducing air travel, utilizing the most carbon efficient transportation options, pushing our community to increase pedestrian and bicycle safety and improving and expanding public transportation

  • ENERGY :  Supporting a rush to alternative energy for our community and others, banning all new fossil fuel projects, looking for solutions to radically reduce our dependence on dirty energy sources.

  • CONSUMERISM : Purposefully working to shift our economic engine from an inherently wasteful one that drives landfill use, to one based on sharing, reuse, conservation, and a focus on what is really important in life.

Check out our campaigns to see what we are doing to address these areas.

 We inform our project choices based on a working relationship with James Hansen of NASA, who was the scientist to call the alarm on climate change in the 1980’s, information from University of Washington, multiple climate think tanks, and other well-respected climate sources.

Our involvement in federal and state lawsuits has brought us into contact with the latest research, as we are pushing to have solid science used for establishing policy and regulation.

Check out what Plant-for-the-Planet youth are working on down south!

“How Empty Lands Become Healthy Forests”- from Plant-for-the-Planet-Baumschule

Youth Leadership Development

Climate change is not the fault of the upcoming generation, but it will be their biggest burden. Adults must help prepare the next generation to deal with this struggle.

Our Plant-for-the-Planet and Zero Hour projects empower children and teens to become educated and skilled in the areas they will need to step into as adults in order to be climate recovery  leaders.

They run their own meetings and choose their topics to focus on. They are provided adult support to help fill in the pieces they are still learning about.

They are encouraged to share their skills with each other, support each other in pursuing projects, form lifelong bonds,  and, importantly, have fun.

“Kids sue the government to fight climate change” –with Aji Piper, Plant-for-the-Planet-Seattle

Aji is one of our Plant-for-the-Planet Washington founding members and a resilient young person who is not afraid to ask what our values are.

Building Community

Families often struggle to find time to be together, let alone participate in activities that express their deepest values.

We know we are in this for the long haul, and we want to enjoy our time with our kids and with friends. We are committed to creating a welcoming home for all families wishing to participate in creating a sustainable planet. 

We ask that families consider the following guidelines:

  • Listen deeply and thoroughly. Understanding leads to common ground, allyship and robust progress.
  • Embrace complexity of humans and solutions. We are taking a stand based on principals of equity, justice, compassion for all, and there’s no one formula.
  • Lead with a sense of urgency. Every year and day that passes adds to the complexity of mitigation, and inevitable unrecoverable loss of species. We are not in the same place we were 10, 5, or even 2 years ago. We must prioritize action over more studies, human rights over business interests, and quality of life for the many over the few.
  • Believe in each other. We are all at different places in our learning. Change can be slow and gradual, sudden and radical, or a combination.  “Yet” is a magic word.
  • Support each other in living by our principals. No one is perfect. Everyone has different needs and challenges. We are here for each other.

We want our time together to be educational, fun, restorative, and cherished. Come build this dream with us!

Collective Action

Families in the United States face minimal time with their loved ones, so we are helping make activism easier.

Coming together as Climate Action Families is our solution to the barriers that families often encounter when trying to become active in climate recovery. We use our collective resources to find the information we need,  decide which issues we can tackle most effectively, organize, and GO!

Find family-friendly events on the calendar, weekly quick actions in our newsletter that build momentum, and great articles on our blog about kids and families changing the world. 

How do we work collectively to change our lifestyles, professional institutions, and government?

At home we can :

  • Reducing our transportation impact by choosing the least carbon intensive options that suit our needs and reducing air travel
  • Reduce our consumption of animal-based products, reduce food waste, and even grow food for ourselves and neighbors if and when possible
  • Talk to friends and family about climate issues

Within our professions and communities we can:

  • Encourage organizations we are connected to (our employment, schools, institutions of faith, recreation group) to make better choices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce pollution, and account for impact on human lives.
  • Keep people informed of opportunities to change and support each other on the path to the lifestyle, community, and political changes we need.

Politically we can :

  • Support legislation to not just stop but REVERSE the impact of our emissions of harmful greenhouse gases
  • Prevent the harmful and dangerous extraction, movement, and distribution of climate damaging substances.
  • Ensure that legislation is equitable, that marginalized communities have the biggest voice in change and are kept front and center when we consider next steps
  • Reward leaders who are HONEST about the situation we face, and are determined to be EFFECTIVE in saving our climate 

We hope your family brings its unique values and skills to our network! We look forward to growing with you!

“KING 5- King County Council adopts 6-month moratorium on new fossil fuel infrastructure”

Youth from Plant-for-the-Planet stole the spotlight in this recent campaign 

 

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