The Healing Earth Introduction outlined four steps to help you move from preparation to action. These were:

  1. See a problem that you want to address.
  2. Study the scientific and social aspects of the problem (the 5 Ws).
  3. Imagine possible action responses that are ethically coherent and spiritually genuine.
  4. Select one of these action responses, perform the action and monitor results.

You may want to review what goes into each step. Below are ideas that invite you to see a problem, gather information, analyze the problem, develop responses and perform action.
  1. Are you aware that burning fossil fuels for heat and cooking creates a problem of indoor air pollution in some parts of the world? Watch this video about indoor air pollution from Practical Action. Identify how each of the above four steps were followed in order to arrive at a successful action. What have you learned about effective environmental action from this exercise?
  2. See what the Union of Concerned Scientists say about our energy choices and taking action.
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    More and more wind turbines are being built all over the world to produce clean, renewable energy. However, bird fatalities are also increasing due to collision with rotating turbine blades. This has become a serious concern for wildlife and wind facility managers. Read this report on a new idea for addressing this problem. Gather a group of your fellow students to discuss the pros and cons of this idea.
  4. The organization Interfaith Power & Light has an excellent program for people who want to conserve energy in their homes, schools, and churches. Check out the Action information regularly updated on the Interfaith Power & Light website.
  5. Do you know why it is good to replace incandescent bulbs with alternative lighting? Do you know what the alternatives are? Read this article, do a survey of incandescent bulbs in your home or school, and develop an action plan for switching to alternative lighting.