Fortunately, there are some great resources and tools that can help you manage climate anxiety, increase your personal resilience, and take the guesswork out of meaningful climate action. There are high-tech and low-tech ways to take care of our hearts and our world. It doesn’t matter which one or how many you choose, just that you find something that works for you.
Updated April 2022 to include information from the IPCC’s most recent report.
Apps and tools to make a difference
Public pressure can be a powerful way to bring about change. We Don’t Have Time (iOS, Android) is a social network “for everyone who wants to be part of solving the climate crisis.” We Don’t Have Time uses the influence of social media to hold politicians, decision-makers and companies accountable for climate change. The app connects users directly with companies and organizations to collectively push for more sustainable and climate-friendly behavior, and calls out companies for harmful practices. Users can view business initiatives and send climate action suggestions and petitions to decision makers. The news tab provides global climate and energy news to keep users informed.
Understanding our own actual impact on climate change can also help us identify behaviors we can change and reduce our climate fears.
The Earth Hero app (iOS, Android) helps you calculate, track, and reduce your personal carbon footprint, and connect users with climate action groups. You can set emissions reduction targets for yourself, browse suggested actions based on IPCC recommendations, track your progress and join a community of climate activists. Each action includes an explanation of its relevance and importance, along with tips for different levels of implementation.
Good Empire (iOS, Android) is a new social app with a mission to “gather, unite and empower an empire of good people to save the goddamn world.” Good Empire presents challenges that highlight the direct actions individuals can take to reduce their carbon emissions and plastic waste, tackle hunger and poverty in their communities and around the world, and empower women and girls. Actions must have measurable effects and be aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Good Empire was launched in September 2021.
Brightly.eco is a community platform with a mission to “empower conscious consumers around the world”. Clear news about zero waste, sustainable fashion, circular economy, clean beauty, conscious consumerism, do-it-yourself and environmentally friendly recipes. The Brightly app (iOS, Android) offers monthly eco-challenges and community chat groups. The Brightly Shop connects users with verified ethical and sustainable brands and small businesses to help you make informed decisions.
I’m not saying the best way to alleviate climate anxiety is to run out and buy a bunch of eco-friendly products, but we’re all consumers, like it or not, and our purchases have a direct impact on the environment. climate change . Choosing brands and products that are truly ethical and sustainable can help shift the culture towards more sustainable options.
Carbon Compensation Tools
Carbon offsets are not a standalone solution to climate change: they are in fact a ‘pay to pollute’ scheme that only works if companies and individuals do everything else to reduce emissions. However, they can play a useful role in financing emission reduction projects and raising awareness about climate change. For an individual, carbon offsets are a tangible way to complement other actions. There are multiple apps that allow you to calculate and track your carbon footprint, commit actions and donate to emission reduction projects.
The Klima app (iOS, Android) allows users to fund science-based projects that can be tracked in real time. Klima selects highest impact projects in accordance with Project Drawdown rankings, supports programs designed to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals and verifies projects by an independent third party. Even if you don’t have much to donate, the collective adds up.
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