Contact Elected Officials and Influence Change

If you have an opinion on an issue in your community, contact your local representative. They have lots of power over your community, and voice your opinions to them. Become politically active and let your representatives know you want them to take action to phase out fossil fuels use and decarbonize the country as fast as possible.

Support Local Environment Legislation

If you care a lot about the environment, vote YES in your community's environment votes. Encourage others to do the same. Support local, state, as well as national voting junctures that are about helping the environment.

Elected Officials:

Leading Organizations

The Sierra Club is the most enduring and influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States. We amplify the power of our 3.5+ million members and supporters to defend everyone's right to a healthy world.

Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit public interest environmental law organization.

Oceana was established by a group of leading foundations - The Pew Charitable Trusts, Oak Foundation, Marisla Foundation (formerly Homeland Foundation), Sandler Foundation, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund - after a 1999 study they commissioned discovered that less than 0.5 percent of all resources spent by environmental nonprofit groups in the United States went to ocean advocacy.

Plastic Pollution Coalition is a growing global alliance of individuals, organizations, businesses, and policymakers working toward a world free of plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on humans, animals, waterways, oceans, and the environment.

Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization (LPDD) is a website developed in April of 2020 to help accelerate a sustainable U.S. transition to net zero greenhouse gas emissions. This website provides more than a thousand resources, including enacted and model laws, for reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at the federal, state, and local levels, and in private governance.

We Are Still In is an effort coordinated by The American Sustainable Business Council, B Team, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Center for American Progress, Ceres, CDP, Climate Mayors, Climate Nexus, C40, C2ES, Environmental Defense Fund, Environmental Entrepreneurs, Georgetown Climate Center, Health Care Without Harm, ICLEI, National League of Cities, Rocky Mountain Institute, Second Nature, Sierra Club, Sustainable Museums, The Climate Group, We Mean Business, World Resources Institute (WRI), and World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) works to safeguard the earth - its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends. They combine the power of more than three million members and online activists with the expertise of some 700 scientists, lawyers, and policy advocates across the globe to ensure the rights of all people to the air, the water, and the wild.

The Nature Conservancy is a global environmental nonprofit working to create a world where people and nature can thrive.

Learning Sites for Families & Youth:

  • Climate Kids is a place for kids to learn about Weather, Climate, Atmosphere, Air, Water, Plants & Animals.
  • Recycle City are games and activities developed by the EPA.
  • NASA Jet Propulsion Lab Learn about climate and the environment with activities, toolkits and contests.
  • US Environmental Protection Agency manages this site so kids can learn everything about the environment.
  • Earth Team empowers urban youth to become lifelong environmental stewards through experiential education, skills development, and the building of community connections.

Popular Environmental Sites:

Green Companies:

Recycling:

Online Tools & Research:

Air Quality Index is managed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Park Service, tribal, state, and local agencies developed the AirNow system to provide the public with easy access to national air quality information. State and local agencies report the air quality index (AQI) for cities across the US and parts of Canada and Mexico.

Carbon Footprint Calculator is an online tool created by CoolClimate Network.

Project Sunroof puts Google's expansive data in mapping and computing resources to use, helping calculate the best solar plan for you.

ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency.