Action Ideas

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

  1. See a problem.
  2. Gather information and analyze the problem.
  3. Develop possible responses, imagine outcomes, and select an action.
  4. 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.

  3. 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 bird fatalities and gather a group of your fellow students to brainstorm together about possible solutions to this problem. Select a solution and think through the steps that would need to be taken to bring it to action.

  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 these steps in their program and take action!

  5. Project Learning Tree has an energy survey that you can use to do an energy audit of your school.  Discuss this survey with your teacher and determine whether it is a feasible project for you to undertake at your school. If you complete the survey, what action recommendations do you have for your school to reduce its energy use?

  6. 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.