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Climate Solutions

Click an Element to Take the First Steps for a Climate Positive Future

Climate change is a huge and scary threat to our planet, but it’s not a mystery. We know why it’s happening, and we know how to stop it. The Planeteer Alliance is a global community of young people working for a climate positive future by advancing KNOWN solutions to climate change. Climate Solutions and the Planeteer community is organized into four Planeteer Elements – EARTH, FIRE, WIND, WATER – with HEART representing our commitment to centering equity and justice in all climate action.

The Planeteer Alliance centers the HEART Element in all we do — leading with hope and empathy; acknowledging where injustices exist; inviting and amplifying voices that have been silenced and marginalized (including youth voice); celebrating history, culture, and different ways of knowing; respecting differences in places and context for solutions; and honoring the role of art and creative expression in creating change.

Focusing on transforming our food systems to be more regenerative, equitable, and less wasteful; and protecting and restoring healthy forests and soils.

Featured Solution

Increasing Plant-Rich Diets

The global livestock market contributes to climate change in two ways: animal gas emissions (farts) that release potent methane into the atmosphere; and tropical deforestation to clear space to grow animal feed. Project Drawdown considers global adoption of a more plant-rich diet one of the top five solutions to stopping climate change.

First Step: Eat Less Meat

Commit to Meatless Mondays between now and the start of COP27 (Nov 6). Post pics of all of the yummy plant-based meals you make or eat – #planeteerstrike. Keep track of how many servings of animal-based proteins you avoid (we will be asking for your results on Nov 6).

I commit to taking this First Step to a climate positive future by adopting Meatless Mondays between now and COP 27.

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Ready to take your impact to the next level? Join Planeteer Alliance to work with other Planeteers around the world to advocate for Meatless Mondays in schools and school districts, college dining halls, even restaurants.

Focusing on cutting fossil-fuels as an energy source and an input; and accelerating adoption of clean energy. 

Featured Solution

Adopting Clean Transportation Options

Fossil-fuel powered transportation – planes, trains, and automobiles – contribute an estimated 14% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Increasing opportunities for safe and equitable alternative transportation options and expanding infrastructure for electric vehicles are two major ways we can cut fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

First Step: Park the Car

Commit to getting around using a non fossil-fuel burning mode of transportation at least one day per week between now and the start of COP 27 (Nov 6). Post pics of yourself on bicycles, buses, roller skates, etc. – #planeteerstrike. Keep track of how many trips you take using clean transportation options (we will be asking for your results on Nov 6).

I commit to taking this First Step to a climate positive future by using non fossil-fuel burning transportation options at least one day per week between now and COP 27.

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Ready to take your impact to the next level? Join Planeteer Alliance to work with other Planeteers around the world to accelerate electric vehicle infrastructure and adoption.

Focusing on building a circular economy that reduces extraction and waste.

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Eliminating Single-Use Plastic Items

Plastic is a petroleum-based product, meaning we extract fossil fuels to make it. It’s estimated that about ⅓ of plastic produced is used one time, then disposed of — what we refer to as single-use plastics (SUPs). This includes items like plastic straws, disposable food packaging, grocery bags, etc. It’s also estimated that only about 10% of plastic produced is recycled. What’s not recycled is either discarded into a landfill, is incinerated (burned), or ends up in our environment. Many single-use plastic items can be easily declined or replaced with reusable products.

First Step: Avoid SUPs in Eating & Drinking

Commit to avoiding food-service based single-use plastic items — plastic straws, cups, bottles, utensils, take-out containers, etc – between now and the start of COP 27 (Nov 6). Post pics of yourself using reusable alternatives – #planeteerstrike. Keep track of how many times you decline a SUP item (we will be asking for your results on Nov 6).

I commit to taking this First Step to a climate positive future by avoiding using single-use plastic food service items between now and COP 27.

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Ready to take your impact to the next level? Join Planeteer Alliance to work with Planeteers to advocate for single-use plastic policies in communities and cities around the world.

Focusing on protecting the health and vitality of our ocean, our lakes, and coastal wetland systems that are valuable carbon sinks.

Featured Solution

Mangrove Protection & Restoration

Coastal wetlands, including mangroves, salt marshes, mangrove forests, and seagrass meadows, are some of the most productive ecosystems in the world, and store an ENORMOUS amount of carbon underground and below water. It’s estimated that coastal wetlands can store five times more carbon than tropical forests! But these systems are under pressure from development and rising sea levels.

First Step: Plant a Mangrove Tree (with your pledge)

Envision Racing‘s Race Against Climate Change campaign, supported by UN Goodwill Ambassador Aidan Gallagher, is planting a tree in the mangroves of Madagascar for every pledge taken on their site. Their goal is to plant 1,000,000 trees. This project works with Eden Reforestation Project to invest in creating local economic opportunities through their reforestation efforts. Go to Race Against Climate Change to calculate your carbon footprint and take the pledge! Tally up the number of kgs of CO2e you could save for each pledge and report back to us. How many trees did your pledges plant?

I commit to taking this First Step to a climate positive future by taking the Race Against Climate Change pledge.

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Ready to take your impact to the next level? Join Planeteer Alliance to work with Planeteers to support and advocate for mangrove protection and restoration around the world.

Centering equity and justice in climate action by leading with empathy and hope.

Centering HEART in the Work

Climate change is a global problem, but it is disproportionately affecting some communities and people more than others because of systemic racism and other historically rooted injustices. Planeteer Alliance also recognizes that climate change is causing a notable degree of anxiety and depression, particularly in young people engaged in this work. For these reasons, the Planeteer Alliance centers the HEART Element in all we do — leading with hope and empathy; acknowledging where injustices exist; inviting and amplifying voices that have been silenced and marginalized (including youth voice); celebrating history, culture, and different ways of knowing; respecting differences in places and context for solutions; and honoring the role of art and creative expression in creating change. 

Join Planeteer Alliance to become part of a global community of young people centering equity & justice in climate action.

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