3 Small but Practical Steps Anyone Can Take for Climate Action

Have you ever considered how we can all take small steps towards climate resilience?

It seems we talk a lot about what we need to do to fix climate change. But, we rarely talk about HOW to do those things. In this short video, we discuss three simple steps everyone can take for climate change.

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Joel Nodelman

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Joel is an engineer and risk management specialist with over forty years of professional practice. He is committed to helping his clients achieve climate resiliency and sustainability.

  • Don Macdonald says:

    One interesting trend I have noticed is the move away from calling this issue “climate change” to calling it “the climate crisis”. This reflects an increasingly serious take on the issue as evidenced by the IPCC’s messaging (the 1.5oC limit and running out of time to keep temperature below this limit), younger people becoming engaged and the unfair intergenerational aspect of it all, and more wild weather linked to the climate crisis. Not just terminology – a real shift in in our understanding and response to this problem. A good sign I would say!

  • I agree. I find the anger both disturbing and justified. We have been working on this issue for almost thirty years now, and we are still engaging in arguments with folks that deny the very fact of climate change. The younger folks have every reason to be angry, we are handing them a mess. As always, really appreciate your input Don.

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