Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary

Taking Action


About the Cyberlibrary

The Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary was developed by Mick Kelly and Sarah Granich on behalf of the Stockholm Environment Institute and the International Institute for Environment and Development, with sponsorship from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

While every effort is made to ensure that information on this site, and on other sites that are referenced here, is accurate, no liability for loss or damage resulting from use of this information can be accepted.

DIY Guide
DIY Guide

Action that you, as an individual, can take to combat the threat of global warming — selected resources in the Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary and on the web

In the Cyberlibrary

Interview with Erana Walker
In a Newswatch interview, Erana Walker talks of her expectations of the Copenhagen climate summit and about her experience of climate action at the community level. Published December 2009

Climate Change and Nepalese Youth
Abhishek Shrestha reports on the role of Nepalese youth in climate change activities. Published February 2009

DIY Guide to Combating Global Warming
101 practical steps each person can take to reduce their contribution to global warming. Originally produced by Reforest the Earth, with the assistance of the Greenhouse Crisis Foundation and Ark, and now presented in a new up-dated electronic edition by the Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary.

On the Web

10:10 is a global campaign to cut carbon by 10 per cent a year, starting in 2010.

30 Ways in 30 Days
From creating mass markets for solar water heaters, improving vehicle efficiency, using waste for energy or installing energy-efficient cooking stoves or planting trees and protecting forests, UNEP's 30 case studies prove that solutions to combat climate change are available, accessible and replicable.

350.org is an international campaign dedicated to building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis - the solutions that science and justice demand. It organizes the International Day of Climate Action.

About My Planet
About My Planet delivers green news and tips with a down to earth approach that anyone can apply to their daily life. The Amp Blog Network has set up related sites covering topics such as hybrid vehicles and ecofriendly products and services.

Act On CO2
Find out what your carbon footprint is and how you can make some simple changes to help tackle climate change.

AllGreen provides quick access to ideas about green technologies for use in the home and garden, at leisure and in business.

Anew NZ
Anew NZ is an independent, non-partisan network of motivated and concerned New Zealanders seeking a sustainable future. Anew NZ aims to develop principled, ethical leadership and facilitate dialogue with civil society, business and government (as a network of networks) on key issues that are critical to the future of the country.

Artists' Project Earth
Artists' Project Earth aims to help create a better world by bringing the power of music and other arts to 21st century challenges. It supports appropriate action and facilitate awareness-raising and education with regard to environmental disasters, climate change and related challenges, assisting in the implementation of sustainable development.

Avaaz - "voice" - is a global web movement that aims to close the gap between the world we have and the world most people everywhere want.

Campus Climate Challenge
The Campus Climate Challenge is a project of more than 30 leading youth organizations throughout the United States and Canada. The Challenge leverages the power of young people to organize on college campuses and high schools to win 100% Clean Energy policies at their schools, growing a generation-wide movement to stop global warming.

Carbon Connections
The Carbon Connections project aims to enable universities to address the problem of increasing carbon emissions, through the creation of new technologies, improvement of existing technology and innovative approaches to behavioural change.

Carbon Offset Project List
The Environmental Defense Fund provides a list of recommended carbon offset projects.

The Celsias website enables individuals, organizations and companies to take real action against global warming. On Celsias, you can learn, commit and do actions that will reduce your carbon footprint.

Climate Change Education
Climate change education.org is a portal web site dedicated to global warming education.

Climate Collective
The Climate Collective is a broad network of people and groups working to prevent catastrophic climate change.

Climate Justice Action
Climate Justice Action is a global network of people and groups committed to take the urgent actions needed to avoid catastrophic climate change.

Climate Reality Project
The aim of the Climate Reality Project, founded and chaired by Al Gore, Nobel Laureate and former Vice President of the United States, is to bring the facts about the climate crisis into the mainstream and engage the public in conversation about how to solve it. Highlights from the online multimedia presentation "24 Hours of Reality" are available.

Climate Science Watch
Climate Science Watch is a non-profit public interest education and advocacy project dedicated to holding public officials accountable for using climate research effectively and with integrity in dealing with the challenge of global climate disruption.

Community Carbon Reduction Programme (CRed)
The aim of the Community Carbon Reduction Programme is to cut carbon emissions by 60% by the year 2025.

connect2earth provides a space for you to tell the world, using video, photos or text, why you care about the environment and why it should be protected.

Cool California
Cool California's mission is to provide all Californians with the tools they need to take action to protect the climate and keep California cool.

Cool Climate Network
The Cool Climate Network makes available various tools to enable you to limit your greenhouse gas contribution.

Coolproducts is a campaign to set ambitious minimum requirements for energy efficiency and other environmental aspects of products sold in the European Union.

Coolproducts for a Cool Planet
Coolproducts is a campaign to set ambitious minimum requirements for energy efficiency and other environmental aspects of products sold in the European Union.

DECC 2050 Calculator Tool
The 2050 Calculator Tool from the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change aims to help policymakers, the energy industry and the public understand how to move to a secure, low-carbon energy system over the period to 2050.

Earth 911
Earth 911 delivers actionable local information on recycling and product stewardship that empowers consumers to act locally, live responsibly and contribute to sustainability.

Earth Charter Foundation
The Earth Charter Foundation's primary objective is to encourage all people - individuals, groups, organizations, small and big businesses and governments - to support and implement the principles of the Earth Charter as a framework of action for the wellbeing of humanity and all other species dependent on the Earth's environment for survival.

Earth Day Network
The Earth Day Network provides support for all governments, businesses, schools and other groups wanting ideas or collaboration for activities on Earth Day, April 22nd. There are over 184 countries in the Network.

Earth Hour
Earth Hour is the biggest voluntary power down in history as people round the world turn off their lights. It has inspired many people and businesses to change their energy habits and has influenced government policy in some countries.

The EarthAware Environmental Awareness software (shareware) quantifies the amount of carbon dioxide you put into the atmosphere, covering home energy and water, tranportation, consumerism, waste, advocacy, livelihood, land use and family planning.

Ecolect - a sustainable materials community
Ecolect provides information about building design materials with sustainable attributes.

Energy Action Coalition
Energy Action Coalition is a coalition of 50 youth-led environmental and social justice groups working together to build the youth clean energy and climate movement.

Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative
The Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative is a diverse coalition environmental justice, religious, climate justice, policy and advocacy networks in the United States working for climate justice.

Equality Trust
The Equality Trust aims to reduce income inequality through a programme of public and political education. Website makes available resources including video and slide shows.

Facts About our Earth
The WWF educational site includes educational resources on climate and other environmental issues.

Flick the Switch
Flick the Switch, a European Union resource, shows how to save energy in school (and the home) and how to help to make schools energy efficient. Resources include activities, games and competitions.

Focus the Nation
Focus the Nation is a major educational initiative that is coordinating teams of faculty, students and staff at over a thousand colleges, universities and high schools in the United States, to collaboratively engage in a nationwide, interdisciplinary discussion centered around the theme of "Global Warming Solutions for America". The project will culminate January 31, 2008, in the form of one-day, national symposia held simultaneously on campuses across the country.

Generating Energy from Wind for Home Power
Comprehensive introduction to solar power.

Global Climate Campaign
Global Climate Campaign is the collective name given to all the organizations, groups and individuals around the world who come together for the Global Day of Action on climate

Global Cool
Harnessing the power of popular entertainment and environmental science, Global Cool works to stir anyone who cares about the planet to do their bit to save the planet they care about. Site contains promotional material from pop singers and bands and resources to assist everyone to make a contribution.

Global Releaf
Global ReLeaf is American Forests' education and action programme that helps individuals, organizations, agencies and corporations improve the local and global environment by planting and caring for trees.

Global Warming - Undo It
Briefing on the basics of the global warming issues and steps to control the threat from the Environmental Defense Fund.

Green Maven
Green Maven is a search engine that focuses on green and sustainable websites.

Green Pages
Green Pages, the online gateway to environmental products and services, aims to deepen and broaden consumerīs ability to make a positive impact through their purchasing, and promotes a shift of public and private financial flows into projects and programmes that encourage and contribute to environmentally and socially sustainable development. Contains listings of information sources, organizations, services and suppliers as well as editorial material.

Green R3
GreenR3.com focuses on tips and techniques that will help you lessen your carbon footprint and enhance your quality of life.

Growing Together in a Changing Climate: The United Nations, Young People, and Climate Change
Growing Together in a Changing Climate: The United Nations, Young People, and Climate Change, from the United Nations, contains information on some of the many climate change initiatives - projects, campaigns, educational tools, websites and publications - produced by the United Nations and young people, independently or in partnership. Published December 2009

How to Save the Climate (0.7MB download)
How to Save the Climate, from Greenpeace, provides a concise guide to actions everybody can take to protect global climate.

In the Morning of a Day
In the Morning of a Day provides activists and event organizers with an opportunity to announce and promote their events and actions about global warming, informs the general public about these events and actions and gives them the opportunity to participate in them and connects event organizers, by informing them about each others' actions.

International Year of Biodiversity
2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity, a celebration of life on earth and of the value of biodiversity.

It's Getting Hot in Here
It's Getting Hot in Here is the voice of student and youth leaders of the global movement to stop global warming, a global online community with over 100 writers from countries around the world.

Japan for Sustainability
The Japan for Sustainability website includes a useful information centre listing sustainability news and also ideas for responding to climate change and other threats.

Klima is a climate change information centre for East Asia. Features the Low Carbon Diet.

Know the Number
The Carbon Counter displays the running total amount of long-lived greenhouse gases in the earth's atmosphere, measured in metric tons. A desktop widget is available.

Lick Global Warming
A campaign to fight global warming, sponsored by the Dave Matthews Band, Ben and Jerry's and Saveourenvironment.org.

Live Earth Film Project
Award-winning filmmakers have created short films, commissioned by Live Earth, to showcase the diversity and creativity of the international response to the climate crisis.

Make Poverty History
Join the band of people who are taking action to make poverty history.

Making Cities Resilient: "My city is getting ready"
The 2010-2011 World Disaster Reduction Campaign "Making Cities Resilient" addresses issues of local governance and urban risk. draws on the the sustainable urbanizations principles developed in the UN-Habitat World Urban Campaign 2009-2013. Website contains ideas, information and opportunities to get involved.

A guide to the most efficient things in the world.

Microsoft Hohm
Microsoft Hohm is a free online beta application that helps you save energy and money.

My Footprint
Calculate your ecological footprint in any nation of the world.

National Carbon Calculator
The Guardian's National Carbon Calculator allows you to set United Kingdom policy on energy, transport and other sectors and measure the carbon emissions generated.

Nepalese Youth for Climate Action
Nepalese Youth for Climate Action (NYCA) is a coalition of Nepali youth and youth groups formed with an aim to tackle climate change. NYCA works with universities, schools, organizations, and communities at national and international level to protect our future from the threats posed by climate change.

Northern Lights Climate Campaign
Nordlicht (Northern Lights) is a public information campaign, based in the Department of Psychology at the University of Kiel, aimed at ensuring climate protection through energy saving and traffic reduction using a strategy of social marketing.

Not Stupid
Not Stupid is the action campaign of the climate movie The Age of Stupid.

Oxfam: Climate Change Campaign
Oxfam UK provides information, ideas and other resources for those wishing to take action on the climate issue.

Pathways Analysis
The United Kingdom is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 per cent by 2050, relative to 1990 levels. This site provides resources that enable young and old to assess what options are available to meet this goal.

Planet Ark
A campaigning and educational site providing access to information to assist communities and groups establish environmentally-sustainable daily practices. Provides access to environment-related news and pictures.

Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign
The Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign, organized by UNEP, encourages people, communities, business and industry, civil society organizations and governments to commit tree planting pledges with the objective of planting at least one billion trees worldwide during 2007.

The PATT foundation aims at providing economic, social and environmental sustainability through community based forestry projects in developing countries. Working in conjunction with corporate partners, government and intergovernmental agencies, non governmental organizations, local authorities, and local communities, it plans to plant 1 million trees per year in locations worldwide.

Power to the People
Power to the People is a non-profit organization working with volunteers to bring solar electricity to community buildings in rural areas of the developing world.

Project 90 by 2030
Project 90 by 2030 supports South Africans from all sectors of society in doing their bit to preserve the environment, committed to changing the way they live by 90% by the year 2030.

Radical Riverists
Radical Riverists aim to restore rivers to the heart of cities.

Rough Guide to a Better World
The Rough Guide to a Better World discusses ways to combat hunger, disease and illiteracy and suggests ways in which we, as individuals, can get involved.

Safe Climate
The Safe Climate project, organized by the World Resources Institute, guides you to act to reduce your impact on global warming and learn more about the climate issue.

Save Our World
Through campaigns, information and lobbying, Save our World acts to help protect and sustain the natural world through increasing awareness and caring for human beings and all other species, as well as inspiring and empowering people to change attitudes, habits and lifestyles. Climate change is a major focus.

Save the Planet
Save the Planet encourages the adoption of alternative energies or energy conservation in home, office and throughout industry. Site contains background material, news and other resources.

Six Tools to Make Climate Change Art
Franke James discusses what climate change art means and presents the six tools for making climate change art that he relies on.

Solar Nation
Solar Nation is a national campaign, based on popular support through initiatives such as Vote Solar, that is changing state and federal policy to make solar a significant part of America's energy future.

Step It Up 2007
Step It Up 2007 is the organizing hub for a National Day of Climate Action in the United States, April 14th, 2007, when there will be "hundreds and hundreds of rallies all across the country"

Stop Global Warming
Stop Global Warming is a collective working to encourage governments, corporations, and politicians take the steps necessary to stop global warming. It is organizing the Stop Global Warming Virtual March.

Target Neutral
Target Neutral, a BP initiative, enables drivers to offset their carbon emissions.

The Greens
The Greens is a site for kids from Boston broadcaster WGBH about sustainability and green living. Through the animated episodic adventures, a blog, kids' mail, and regular updates, the Greens explores green living, sustainability, ecology, environmental care, and social equity.

The Solar Guide
Online reference guide to the use of wind power in the home.

Cut landfill by giving away your excess goods to others who can use them.

Tiki the Penguin
Tiki the Penguin provides a guide to climate change, including action you can take to combat the problem.

TreeHugger strives to be a one-stop shop for green news, solutions, and product information.

UN CyberSchoolBus
Introduction to the Millennium Development Goals and opportunities for youth involvement.

Unite for Climate
Unite for Climate is an entry point into the world of youth action on climate change. You can join the community, participate in global campaigns, and work to extend the impact of the Copenhagen Climate Summit.

UNite to Combat Climate Change
UNite to Combat Climate Changeis the United Nations campaign to encourage civil society and communities around the world to unite and act now to combat climate change.

United for Climate
Unite for Climate is your entry point into the world of youth action on climate change. You can join the community, participate in global campaigns, and work to extend the impact of the COP 15.

WalkIt provides walking routes between user-defined points in selected British cities, with an estimate of the carbon savings.

WE ACT for Environmental Justice (West Harlem Environmental Action, Inc.) is a non-profit, community-based, environmental justice organization dedicated to building community power to fight environmental racism and improve environmental health, protection and policy in communities of colour.

World Environment Day
Site provides information packs, posters and booklets suggesting activities to commemorate World Environment Day, 5th June, each year.

World Land Trust
You can offset your carbon emissions with the World Land Trust. Site also contains an emissions calculator and tips on reducing emissions.

World Wide Fund for Nature
WWF's climate campaign site contains a wealth of material in support of their call for strong action on global warming, including a straightforward overview of the climate issue.

World's Worst Pollution Problems
The Blacksmith Institute, in collaboration with Green Cross Switzerland, issues a annual Top Ten list of the world's most dangerous pollution problems.

WorldChanging provides tools, models and ideas for building a bright green future.

WRAP works in partnership, helping businesses and the general public to reduce waste, to use more recycled material, and recycle more things more often. This helps to minimize landfills, reduce carbon emissions and improve our environment.

Youth Climate Pledge
The Youth Climate Pledge is a collaborative plan of action that young people can sign on to and get others to commit to.

Youthink! from the World Bank provides information about global issues and an opportunity to share stories and views.

Autogenerated: 15 May 2015

Bright Ideas

GE cuts solar costs

General Electric plans to cut solar installation costs by half

Project 90 by 2030

Project 90 by 2030 supports South African school children and managers reduce their carbon footprint through its Club programme

Smart street lighting

Bath & North East Somerset Council in the United Kingdom has installed smart LED carriageway lighting that automatically adjusts to light and traffic levels

Longwood Gardens

The United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the American Public Gardens Association are mounting an educational exhibit at Longwood Gardens showing the link between temperature and planting zones

Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers

The energy-efficient Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers hotel is powered by renewable and sustainable sources, including integrated solar photovoltaics and guest-powered bicycles

El Hierro

El Hierro, one of the Canary Islands, plans to generate 80 per cent of its energy from renewable sources

Remarkables Primary School green roof

The green roof on the Remarkables Primary School in New Zealand reduces stormwater runoff, provides insulation and doubles as an outdoor classroom

Weather Info for All

The Weather Info for All project aims to roll out up to five thousand automatic weather observation stations throughout Africa


SolSource turns its own waste heat into electricity or stores it in thermal fabrics, harnessing the sun's energy for cooking and electricity for low-income families

Wave House

The Wave House uses vegetation for its architectural and environmental qualities, and especially in terms of thermal insulation

Mbale compost-processing plant

The Mbale compost-processing plant in Uganda produces cheaper fertilizer and reduces greenhouse gas emissions

Frito-Lay Casa Grande

At Casa Grande, Frito-Lay has reduced energy consumption by nearly a fifth since 2006 by, amongst other things, installing a heat recovery system to preheat cooking oil

More Bright Ideas...

Updated: May 15th 2015