Personal Action Ideas
… to reduce household emissions
While actions by government, industry, and other large emitters will have the most impacts in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, personal and household actions are also very important. These actions signal to leaders and the market that we are ready to adopt and advocate for a low-carbon lifestyle and will favour political leaders and products in the economy that align with our priorities.
Personal and household actions vary in terms of their impact on greenhouse gas emissions. We provide a list of ideas below starting with those that have the highest impact:
- Live car free (walk, bike or use public transit) or swap to a more fuel-efficient vehicle (i.e., eletric or hybrid)
- Avoid or eliminate air travel
- Divest from fossil fuels
- Buy green energy (install solar panels or purchase green energy)
- Eat a plant-based diet
- Reduce energy use and improve home energy efficiency (i.e., upgrade windows, doors and insulation, buy EnergyStar appliances, etc.)
- Reduce consumption (buy less, buy used, buy local, repair and mend)
- Wash clothes in cold water and hang to dry
- Recycle and compost
- Eat local and in season
- Conserve water
- Plant a tree, or a food or pollinator garden
- Purchase carbon offsets
- Reduce single-use plastics in your life
- Support eco-friendly businesses
…to build relationships and practice reconciliation
This is a critical decade for climate action and while we need to take swift and bold actions now to maintain global temperatures to 1.5℃, we must do so in a way that addresses inequalities, reinforces human rights and builds resilience in communities. We can all play a part in achieving climate justice – by working for reconciliation, rebuilding our own relationship with the earth, standing in solidarity with marginalized communities, amplifying the voices of youth, and much more.
We encourage you to explore some of the options below for promoting climate justice and decolonization, and honouring Indigenous rights. While taking any one of these actions will be a positive step, we encourage you to consider multiple actions. Reconciliation is a lifelong journey of learning and unlearning which cannot be achieved by a singular action.
- Learn more about the treaty (or nation-to-nation) history of your region from both the Indigenous and settler experiences
- Learn the territorial acknowledgement for the land on which you reside and consider moments in your work, worship or everyday life where you can acknowledge the territory with others
- Read the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
- Study and learn more about the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
- Support Indigenous land defenders and water protectors
- Support Indigenous-owned business and initiatives
- Learn about your local watershed and the issues related to its protection
- Learn about the Indigenous names for the places and bodies of water where you live
…to engage in acts of solidarity and partnership with the Global South
Solidarity is a recognition that we are ‘all in this together,’ and is a commitment to strengthen community and promote a just society.
- Read and amplify the stories of communities impacted by climate change. See:
- Mennonite Central Committee’s (MCC) Climate Change Stories
- PWRDF’s Creation Care: Climate Action Education Focus resources
- KAIROS’ Mother Earth and Resource Extraction (MERE-Hub), a living digital resource hub developed for and in consultation with women land and water defenders who are at the forefront in the protection of the environment, in Canada and across the globe.
- Donate to organizations and programs in the global South that support just transition, adaptation, community resilience, and support for Indigenous and women land defenders. There are several organizations within For the Love of Creation that work with partners in the Global South to address climate change and its impacts: Canadian FoodGrains Bank, PWRDF, MCC, KAIROS, World Renew
- Support vaccine equity to ensure vaccines reach the most vulnerable populations in Canada and throughout the world. Donate and take action through the Love My Neighbour project that brings together Canadians of diverse faiths from across the country for vaccine equity.
- Support the Pray and Act 4 Climate Justice Campaign
- Participate in a global climate strike or other day of global action for the earth. Follow organizations like Fridays for Future, GreenFaith International, and others.