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Climate change is a wicked problem and a problem requiring systemic change, and yet many of the conversations surrounding tackling climate change end up focusing on individual measures. As a result there has been an inherent contradiction in much of the conversation surrounding climate change mitigation. Going forward, key questions include:

  • Does climate change require systemic change?
  • Can individual action lead to systemic outcomes?
  • Are individuals actions psychologically important, regardless of systemic outcomes?
  • How does the focus on carbon footprints contribute to systemic outcomes?
  • Can having “one fewer child” contribute to tackling climate change?
  • Is dietary change the right answer for most people?
  • What are the most important things individuals can do?
  • Should individuals be buying carbon offsets?
  • Is “voting” the right way to think about bringing about systemic change?
  • Can individuals more effectively support Team Urgency on the Climate Chessboard?
  • What’s needed to leverage the 100 million people in the United States alarmed or concerned about climate changed?

These are the kinds of questions the Climate Web, based on 20,000 hours of knowledge curation, can help you explore. This Lite Roadmap organizes some of the resources available to you.

Individual Action Index Entries include:

Key Topical Headings for books, reports, and journal articles:

Key Topical Headings for news and opinion:

Key Topical Headings for extracted materials:

Key Topical Headings for websites, experts, and more:

Key Topical Headings for videos:

As a bonus, here are some recent additions to the Climate Web you might find thought-provoking that relate specifically to the topic of this Lite Roadmap. They represent just the smallest sliver of what’s organized in the Climate Web with the goal of facilitating access to your actionable knowledge. Note that links with “$$” sit behind paywalls and we can’t provide direct access. But we are always working to go through those sources to extract key idea and graphics to share under “fair use” rules.

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The Premium Individual Action Roadmap digs much deeper into the topics already flagged at the top of this page, among others. Representing hundreds of hours of research and knowledge curation, the Premium Roadmap links together together explanatory materials, topical headings, individual reports, news stories, videos, and websites, curated topical dashboards for exploring key topics, and even individual ideas and graphics the Climatographers have extracted from a wide range of key sources. The Premium Individual Action Roadmap walks you through:

  • The individual vs. systems change literature
  • The “what can individuals do?” literature
  • The morality of activities releasing greenhouse gases
  • Evaluating the impact of personal footprint reduction efforts
  • The “effectiveness of voting” literature
  • The metaphor of Climate Chess
  • And much more

To get beyond Individuals and Climate Change 101 conversations, and to take advantage of today’s collective knowledge when it comes to tackling climate change: access the Individual Action Premium Roadmap here.

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Climate Chess

Particularly relevant to the topic of individual action is the idea of Climate Chess. The entire Climate Web is structured to contribute to the playing of Climate Chess, and there is no Climate Chess Premium Roadmap per se. But you can explore the metaphor in significant depth at our dedicated Climate Chess Climate Site.

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