Putting out the Planetary Fire

An Introduction to Climate Change and Advocacy

Introduction   Climate Change is the Greatest Threat to Humanity

Chapter 1 Climate Change Basics

Chapter 2  Transitioning to a Clean Energy Future

Chapter 3  Buildings and Transportation

Chapter 4  Carbon Pricing

Chapter 5   Green New Deal (and IRA and Just Transition)

Chapter 6  Agriculture

Chapter 7  False Climate Solutions

Chapter 8 Climate Justice, EJ, Reparations for Global South

Chapter 9  Climate Finance – Stop the Money Pipeline

Chapter 10  Plastic, Degrowth, Military, Cryptomining

Chapter 11 How to Impact on Climate Action

Chapter 12 Climate Advocacy Practices

Chapter 13 Lobbying; legislature, Executive, Agencies, Local Government

Chapter 14 The Art of Protest

Chapter 15 Climate Litigation and Elections

Chapter 16 Climate and the Media



– Climate Change is the Greatest Threat to Humanity|
– This Book Is an Introduction to Climate Change
– Hope or Despair
– System Change not Climate Change
– The Role of Fossil Fuel Companies

1, Climate Change Basics

– What is Climate Change?
– The United States has been the principal culprit of Greenhouse gas emissions
– Sources of Fossil Fuel Emissions Globally
– Major Sources of Greenhouse Gas emissions in the US
– We Need to keep Global Warming below 1.5 degrees
– We are not doing well in meeting the 1.5-degree target
– Why is 350 so important?
– Climate Change Drives Extreme Weather
– Climate change hastens disease spread across the globe
– Human Extinction is the Worst-case scenario
– Curbing Climate Change Starts with Stopping the Burning of Fossil Fuels
– Fossil Fuel Industry is Impeding Action

2. Transitioning to a Clean Energy Future

– An Intro to Wind and Solar Power
– Geothermal and Heat Pumps
– Costs: Renewable Energy vs. Fossil Fuels
– Renewable Energy Create Jobs
– Environmental Impacts of Renewable Energy
– Challenges in a Transition to 100% Renewable Energy

– Access to Minerals for Renewable Energy
– The Capacity of solar and wind is less than fossil fuels
– Intermittency of renewable energy
– Siting Challenges
– Financial Challenges

– U.S. Government subsidies for Renewable Energy
– Renewable portfolio standards and state mandates or goals
– Renewable Energy Certificates or Credits (RECs)
– Net metering
– Feed-in tariffs (FITs)
– Upgrading the Grid
– Energy Efficiency
– Tidal and Wave Power
– Battery and Energy Storage
– Nature Based Climate Solutions

3. Buildings and Transportation

– Green buildings
– Banning Gas in new buildings
– Reducing Home Energy Use on the Micro Level
– Transportation
– Sprawl increases transportation emissions

– Mass transit
– Electric Vehicles
– Car free Cities and Congestion Pricing
– Reduce the use of cars and other vehicles
– Making Walkable Neighborhoods

4. Carbon Pricing

– Support for a carbon tax – and How to Invest Revenues
– EJ Concerns Re Carbon Pricing
– Carbon tax Basics
– Cap and Trade
– Problems with Carbon Offsets
– A New Spin on Making Polluters Pay

5. Green New Deal (IRA and a Just Transition

– A Just Transition
– Build Back Better to the Inflation Reduction Act
– The Original Green New Deal
– The GP Ecosocialist Green New Deal
– AOC – Markey Congressional GND Resolution

6. Agriculture

– Regenerative agriculture
– Project Drawdown on Agriculture
– Biochar
– Agriculture is Driving Deforestation
– Food Sovereignty

7. False Climate Solutions

– Nuclear
– Hydrogen – Blue vs. Green
– Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) – and Direct air capture
– Waste Incineration
– Biofuels
– “Renewable” Natural Gas
– Natural Gas
– Carbon Offsets
– Net Zero vs Real Zero

8. Climate Justice, EJ and Reparations

– Environmental Injustice in the U.S.
– Racism
– Climate Justice Movement
– EJ Requires a Just Transition
– Raising Up the Voices of the Disadvantaged
– Climate Reparations for the Global South
– International Agreements on Climate finance, Loss and damages

9. Climate Finance – Stop the Money Pipeline

– Investor Led Efforts to Deal with Climate Change
– Financial overview of the Fossil Fuel Industry
– Financial Disclosure of Climate Risk

10, Plastics, Degrowth, Military, Cryptomining

– Plastics – The New Coal
– Plastics are Not Being Recycled
– Ending Single Use Plastics vs. Increasing Recycling
– Climate change and degrowth
– Military and climate

Part II: Climate Advocacy

  1. Climate Advocacy Overview

– Introduction

– Cut Greenhouse Emissions as Fast and as Deeply as Possible
– whack a mole
– It is Now or Never

– Theories of Social Change and Climate
– Rebellious Revolution

  1. Climate Advocacy Practices

    – Mobilization vs. Community Organizing

– Mobilization
– Community Organizing

–  The Role of Direct Action
– Building Your Climate Group – Organizing Guide
– Campaign Planning
–  Educating the Public about Climate Change

– Public Speaking
– Communication Skills

  1. Lobbying: Legislature, Executive, Local Governments, Agencies, Permits,

– The Branches of Government
– Brief Overview of Federal Climate Agencies
– State Climate Plans
– Follow the Money – budgets

– The Challenges of Lobbying

– The Role of Money in Lobbying
– Drafting Legislation
– Building Support for a Bill
– Lobby Day
– Getting a Bill Across the Finish Line
– Inside vs. Outside Advocacy
– Fossil Fuel Industry Invests Heavily in Lobbying

– The Role of Local Governments

– Impacting on Budgets

– Agencies’ Administrative Powers
– Impacting on administrative actions

– Permits
– Federal Clean Air Act Permits

  1. The Art of Protest

– The Right to Protest
– Fossil Fuel Industry Seeks to Curtail Protests

– What Makes a Successful Protest?
– Creative Protests
– Art and Climate Activism

– Campaign planning

– Civil Disobedience

            – How-to Resources for Direct Action

– Some Successful Climate Action Campaigns

            – Ban on Fracking in NY
– Keystone XL Pipeline
– The DAPL Fight
– Line 3 Pipeline

  1. Climate Litigation and Elections

– Climate Litigation
– Children’s Climate Litigation
– Fossil Fuel Companies Sue Opponents

– The Role of Elections

            – Limits on U.S. Democracy
– What is going on with the Republicans?
–  How to Influence Elections
– Climate Groups’ Electoral Activities

  1. Climate and the Media

– How the Media Has Covered Climate
– Recent Improvement in Climate Media Coverage
– Efforts to Improve Coverage of climate
– Disinformation by Fossil Fuel Industry
– Corporate Media ownership concentration

– How Climate Groups Can get Media Coverage
– Media Releases
– Letters to the Editor
– Talking to the Media
– Press conferences