Climate action is tough. We all know we need global and national climate policies and market dynamics to create the systemic change we need to solve the climate crisis. After #Cop26, it's clear that nations aren't moving fast enough to address this "code red for humanity." This work is not for the faint of heart. It's also hard to keep focused when you begin to think about the enormity of the climate emergency. Many people get frustrated and think they are a drop in the bucke
Climate change is front & center according to a new survey including members of Generation Alpha, children born since 2010, from The Week Junior and YouGov. In the report, 29% of respondents say we must protect wildlife, ensure there is clean water and air, and reduce climate change. Only the value of a good education ranked higher in the survey. With a quarter of respondents feeling hopeful and a similar number feeling inspired to make a difference, the message is loud and
A call for climate policy solutions that begin with YOU. A new report shows that mental health should factor into #COP26 negotiations and policy action at every level - from the home to communities to national & international action. Mental Health and Our Changing Climate, released today by the American Psychological Association & ecoAmerica, features the effects of climate change on mental health, the inequitable impacts, and how policymakers can respond. The report notes, "
Just in time for Glasgow & COP26, the climate world (and OneGreenThing community) got a bit of a nod from the Oxford English Dictionary when the publication's quarterly update included a dozen climate related terms. More than simply a resource, the Oxford English Dictionary has been the last word on words in the English language for over a century. Updates are reflections of the evolution of the language as well as society. Notable for the OneGreenThing team: eco-anxiety made
Can you hear the bagpipes? Are your kilts ready? Are you watching Outlander on repeat? Is your IPCC report ready? Are you psyched about learning more about the countries "Nationally Determined Contributions" to cut global warming? Are you ready to see real action from the international community on climate? Of course you are. You know why? Because. . . (And, if you don't know the steamy romance mini-series Outlander, no worries. Know that that it's set on the Scottish moor
Attention Adventurers & Sparks: Monday, October 17, 2021, the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced a new plan to regulate the perfluorinated chemicals --- polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances -- known as "forever" chemicals. This class of chemicals never breaks down and has contaminated air, water, wildlife, and our bodies. EPA Administrator Michael Regan told Brady Dennis and Darryl Fears of The Washington Post that "this is a really bold set of
This week a major study of 10,000 young people from 10 different countries published in The Lancet Planetary Health Journal made clear what my boss, OneGreenThing Founder & CEO Heather White, has been saying for years: eco-anxiety is real, widespread and the kids know it. According to an article by CNBC's Vicky McKeever, the study, led by academics from the U.K.'s University of Bath and the Stanford Center for Innovation in Public Health, revealed respondents, aged 16-25, fee
I recently gave a talk and participated in a roundtable discussion on eco-anxiety at Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina. I explained my research and also connected with college students about their experience. They all were experiencing anxiety about the future -- especially as it relates to the environment -- and shared their intense feelings. I talked about starting my new nonprofit organization in November 2020 OneGreenThing, and my plans to launch it around Eart