There are hundreds if not thousands of websites on climate change and related
issues. We've listed a few of our favorites here, we hope you find them
Sustainable Communities and Economics
Decisions by Democracy
This is the central crisis of our time. If we don't solve it we face a grim
future - if any at all.
The Heat Is On was award-winning
journalist Ross Gelbspan's ground-breaking 1998 book on global warming. This is his
website, brimming with up-to-date information on climate change and what to do
about it. An excellent place to start. Also, check out his recent book,
has an excellent, comprehensive and easy-to-read website dedicated to news and views of climate change.
documents Exxon-Mobil's funding of climate change skeptics, and provides
a wealth of information on the fossil fuel industry's dangerous and irresponsible
strategy to make its corporate disinformation sound like science, despite the
overwelming evidence to the contrary.
The Climate Crisis Coalition seeks to broaden the circle of individuals,
organizations and constituencies engaged in the global warming issue, to link
it with other issues and to provide a structure to forge a common agenda and
advance action plans with a united front.
Climate Change in the Northeast is a downloadable report issued by the
Union of Concerned Scientists,
and provides a well-documented and compelling case for reversing our carbon
dioxide production. The Northeast is currently the seventh largest producer
of greenhouse gases in the world. The report includes illustrations of the
climate of the Northeast migrating to as far south as South Carolina over the next
century. Good-bye sugar maples, and many other things.
Economically and ecologically sound local communities and small,
independent businesses are at the heart of a sustainable future. These
are some of the organizations leading the way.
Sustainable Portland. Portland, Oregon is an example of a large city that
is facing the climate challenge head on, reaping many benefits in addition to
reducing its greenhouse gases. Cities and towns across the world are acting
where state and national governments, especially the U.S., have failed.
ICLEI is the international sustainable development and environmental
agency for local governments. It provides information, delivers
training, organizes conferences, facilitates networking and city-to-city
exchanges, carries out research and pilot projects, and offers technical
services and consultancy. It also provides software and tools to help local
governments achieve their sustainable development goals.
The E.F. Schumacher Society, named after the author of Small Is
Beautiful: Economics As If People Mattered, is an educational
non-profit organization founded in 1980. The Society's programs demonstrate
that both social and environmental sustainability can be achieved by applying
the values of human-scale communities and respect for the natural environment
to economic issues. Building on a rich tradition often known as decentralism,
the Society initiates practical measures that lead to community revitalization
and further the transition toward an economically and ecologically
The mission of
E2M is to create a community conscious economic model by providing capital-based
solutions to inequities in distribution of wealth leading to new opportunities
in a new age of technology, information and spirit. The E2M model embraces
and values all stakeholders, including employees and the surrounding community,
who share both profits and stewardship of the earth.
The Community Solution is dedicated to the development, growth and enhancement
of small local communities. It envisions a country where the population is
distributed in small communities that are sustainable, diverse and culturally
What does democracy have to do with global warming? As it turns out, quite a
bit. Who made the decisions that have precipitated the crisis, and for whose
benefit? Were these decisions for the good of most of us, or only a very
small minority? How did that happen, and what can we do about it? These
organizations are addressing questions of democracy in the United States.
The Center for Democracy and the
Constitution is focusing on global warming as a central issue - how we got
here, and how to change our cultural worldview so that we value people and
nature over property and profit. A tiny minority of wealthy elite has been
deciding our futures long enough,
and the course they have set is a dismal failure for billions of people.
If we are to survive it's time for us to reclaim our inalienable rights, our
sovereignty, in every town, city and state, and to establish a true
democracy of, by and for the people.
The Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy (POCLAD)
is a group of nine writers, educators, activists,former elected officials,
directors of environmental, labor and human rights organizations, union
organizers, and researchers scattered around the country who formed
POCLAD in 1994, and has spent a over decade researching corporate, labor and legal
histories, rethinking our past organizing strategies and talking with people
about democracy movements.
The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF)
was launched in 1995 to provide free and affordable legal services to grassroots,
community-based environmental groups, and rural municipal governments. CELDF drafts
Ordinances for local governments and assists organizations to assert direct, local,
and democratic control over corporations. Copies of ordinances and the Model
Brief to Eliminate Corporate Rights are available at the CELDF site.
Democracy Unlimited of Humboldt County
(DUHC) educates citizens about the illegitimate seizure of our authority to
govern ourselves. We design and implement grassroots strategies that exercise
democratic power over corporations and governments. We seek to create a truly
democratic society by provoking a non-violent popular uprising against corporate
rule in Humboldt County that can serve as a model for other communities across the
Founded in 1915, the
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
is the oldest and largest international women's peace and justice organization
in the world. WILPF has an excellent 10-lesson program on study program on
abolishing corporate personhood, which is free for downloading
is dedicated to restoring democratic authority over
corporations, reviving grassroots democracy, and revoking the power of money
and corporations to control government and civic society.
Reclaim Democracy strives to work proactively to effect systemic change, rather
than react to the agenda of corporate and moneyed interests.