My focus: vegetarian diet; composting; reducing waste; transit, walking and biking; decreasing plane travel; measuring impacts and documenting changes.
Why: reducing my own impact has a concrete effect itself, but it also helps me learn what it takes to change habits and model those changes for others.
My focus: finding relevant local organizations interested in transit and climate issues.
Why: while individual actions are significant, it takes coordination with others to take actions at a larger scale, whether it's a community garden or a federal policy.
My focus: finding relevant organizations for engaging in protest (Extinction Rebellion, Climate Strike, Sunrise); blogging or regular online communication.
Why: most people still literally don't recognize the need for transformative change and the catastrophic alternative.
My focus: transit and land use. Developing for housing density and transit-orientation can reduce our carbon emissions.
Why: municipal policy makes big and underappreciated impacts on climate, and policy can be easier to affect and to see effects in the community at the local level.
My focus: setting carbon reduction goals, pricing carbon emissions, building rail infrastructure.
Why: some important systematic actions, like setting market costs for carbon or developing high-intensity infrastructure, will be more effective and efficient done at the state, federal or international level.
Diagrams for choosing different actions to respond to multi-faceted problems: