What Can One Person Do, When Billions Are Frying The Planet?
by Franke James
This visual essay was first published in 2010 as “What Can One Person Do, When 6.8 Billion Are Frying The Planet?” when I lived in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Now, eight years later we have over 7.7 billion on the planet. I moved to the West Coast to Vancouver, B.C. and I just released a song about breaking up with gasoline because the world’s aflame!). Indeed, climate change isn’t going away… the latest U.N. climate report shows civilization is at stake if we don’t act now. Each one of us needs to take action.
How can YOU take action? What’s YOUR plan?
1. DOES YOUR CITY HAVE A PLAN? Use Google to find out if your region has a Mitigation and Adaptation Plan for climate change, like Toronto and New York have. (And if they don’t, then press your local politicians to develop one!)
2. MAKE YOUR OWN PLAN. Develop your own personal Mitigation and Adaptation Plan. There are many actions each of us can take to protect ourselves and our property from floods, heat waves, power shortages, water shortages… etc. See the Resources below for ideas such as this one from the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction: Handbook for Reducing Basement Flooding.
3. TAP INTO ENVIRONMENTAL NETWORKS: Get the ball rolling by participating in environmental action, or financially supporting, these environmental organizations and others:
GET A LITTLE HELP FROM YOUR FRIENDS:
– Take action in your community to build the future you want (not the one you fear).
– Connect with like-minded people. (Twitter can help to connect you.)
Franke James merges science, art and storytelling to inspire people to take action and “do the hardest thing first” for the planet. Franke uses her skills as an artist, photographer and writer to create visual essays on environmental and social issues. She is the author of two award-winning books, Bothered By My Green Conscience and Dear Office-Politics, the game everyone plays.
What Can One Person Do, When 6.8 Billion Are Frying The Planet? © 2010 Franke James
Photographs, illustrations and writing by Franke James, MFA, except as noted below:
“Cruel Irony” illustration features: Tar sands photo by © Greenpeace
Finch Avenue on August 2005: Photos courtesy Jane-Finch.com
Cover: “Ahead of the Storm” City of Toronto climate change brochure
Woolly Mammoth on Road photo-illustration by Franke James, using antique mammoth engraving © istockphotos.
Heat Island graphic by Clean Air Partnership
Franke’s Original Slideshow for 10/10/10 Event:
Download the slide presentation (Adobe Acrobat pdf):
Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet by Bill McKibben
TUCCN: Toronto Urban Climate Change Network
Ahead of the Storm: City of Toronto highlights from climate change report
Environment Canada’s Climate Change Hazards by geographic region
New York City Plan for Climate Change
Buy Banned on the Hill at Amazon.com
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