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52 Climate Actions

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The 52 Climate Actions partnership formed in 2015 after the International Permaculture Convergence declaration to the Paris Climate Conference. Nine organisations came together to promote permaculture based solutions to climate change.

We wanted to create a project that would:

  • help people understand their personal power in tackling climate change    
  • show people the best responses to climate change    
  • promote these solutions to a wide audience
  • inspire people to action to help them reduce their carbon footprint, adapt to climate change, and embrace a low carbon culture
  • be rooted in permaculture, a design system that aims to create sustainable human habitats by following nature’s patterns. 

In 2017 we secured $100,000 of funding from the VK Rasmussen Foundation to create this website. 52 of the most effective climate actions that can be taken by individuals and communities in the Global North have been chosen. It’s 52 actions because it’s one for each week of the year. We’ve chosen actions we think are powerful, realistic, up-beat and fun. Inevitably some things have been missed out. You can discover many additional solutions at www.drawdown.org/solutions

The actions fall into three categories: those to reduce your carbon footprint (mitigation); those to help you cope with the effects of climate change (adaptation); and those that aim to change your mindset (thinking differently). The 52 actions are divided into 16 themes such as ‘Love Trees’, ‘Travel Wisely’ and ‘Respect Food’. Each theme contains 8 actions. Most actions are included in two or three themes.

After the first 4 introductory actions (Actions 1-4), the remaining 48 actions are arranged in a more or less random order. They are NOT listed in order of priority or impact. The ‘best’ actions differ from person to person according to context.