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How to Save a Planet: Calls to Action & Resources
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Does climate change freak you out? Want to know what we, collectively, can do about it? Us, too. How to Save a Planet is a podcast that asks the big questions: What do we need to do to solve the climate crisis, and how do we get it done? Learn more about our show on our website.

Here we archive recommendations from our past episodes and newsletters. New to our podcast? You can learn more about our show on our website, and you can also find all of our episodes linked in this document.

If you take an action we recommend, tell us about it! We’d love to hear how it went. Record a short voice memo on your phone and send it to us via our Listener Mail Form, and/or engage with us on social media (Instagram & Twitter). We might use your recording in an upcoming episode.

Please note: Most of these ideas come from interviews with our guests. You might not agree with all of them–that’s fine! We encourage you to look through the list and see which ones feel right for you–and then try them out!

Submitting Feedback: Have an action to recommend? Found a broken link? Have a correction? Please contact us via our Listener Mail Form.

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We Can’t Solve the Climate Crisis Without Gender Equality. We’ll Prove It To You.

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How We Got Our Grid and How We Get a Better One

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The Unexpected Idea to Get Coal Off the Grid

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The Shareholders Vs. Exxon

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Are My Retirement Savings Invested in Fossil Fuels?? Help!

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Climate Change is Driving Migration. Could Smarter Ag Help?

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The Origin Story of the Blue New Deal

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How Amazon Workers Got Serious About Climate (and How You Can, too)

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Is Biden’s Jobs Plan a ‘Skinny Green New Deal’?

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Call your members of Congress!

As Ayana says, it’s a “once in a lifetime opportunity to pass comprehensive, ambitious federal climate policy.” And as Dr. Leah Stokes said in our episode, now is the time! So call your members of Congress! If Alex and Ayana can do it, so can you! (Trust us.)

Don’t know who your member of Congress is?

No problem! You can find out who your representative is here: https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative 

This site has information on your senators: https://www.senate.gov/senators/senators-contact.htm 

You’ll find phone numbers for members’ D.C. offices on their websites — or just call the Capitol switchboard! They can connect you directly with the office of your representative or senator:  (202) 224-3121

Tips for calling:

  1. Make a plan! Jot down some notes to remember what you want to say
  2. Introduce yourself and tell them you’re a constituent! Let them know that you’re a voter in their district — and your opinion matters.
  3. Tell them why you’re calling: It’s crucial that Congress take serious action on climate change this year to meet the U.S. target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030.
  4. Ask for something specific! Maybe: I’m really excited about the American Jobs Plan, and I think it’s really important to pass a strong clean electricity standard to get us on the path to 100% clean power / I love the idea of a Civilian Climate Corps and Congress should fully fund it / It’s really important to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles / Choose your own climate priority! Maybe it’s kelp farming...

Or you can use Dr. Leah Stokes’ script from our episode: Climate change is really important. I'm very excited about the clean electricity standard. You know what else I'm into? Building electrification. We really have to get some rebates for induction stoves and electric heat pumps.

  1. Leave your contact information. That’s it! You did it!

Calling is more fun with friends – if you’re part of an environmental or climate organization, check to see if they’re organizing around the American Jobs Plan. They might have events to call your member of Congress with other people — and they’ll even have a script to follow!

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Listener Mail: Is Renewable Natural Gas a Scam?

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Where’s Our Climate Anthem?

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The Fight to Stop Oil Pipelines: “For Water. For Treaties. For Climate.”

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The Beef with Beef

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Is Your Carbon Footprint BS?

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Solving a Rooftop Solar Mystery, and What’s a Nurdle? 

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Kelp Farming, for the Climate, (Part 2)

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Kelp Farming, for the Climate, (Part 1)

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Party Like It’s 2035

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The Tribe that's Moving Earth (and Water) to Solve the Climate Crisis

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Recycling! Is It BS?

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Meet Your New Climate Czar

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Soil: The Dirty Climate Solution

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Answering Your Tree-Mail (and Nuclear Questions

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Breaking Buildings’ Addiction to Fossil Fuels

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Should We Go Nuclear?

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If Miami Will Be Underwater, Why Is Construction Booming?

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Trying to Talk to Family about Climate Change? Here’s How

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Are Electric Cars Really Better for the Climate?

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How Much Does the President Matter for the Climate? 

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Cold Hard Cash for Your Greenhouse Gas

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Fighting Fire with Fire

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How 2020 Became a Climate Election

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Making Republicans Environmentalists Again

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Black Lives Matter and the Climate

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Unnatural Disasters

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20 Million Trees

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The Green Wave

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The Witch of Wind

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