Green Living And Climate Change

Note: This page exists to share information about green living and about how to take environmental responsibility. There are educational resources about the scientific proof of environmental challenges and about how to take action locally and globally. Resources on this page help define challenges but also offer proactive action interested persons can take.

Climate Change

Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth
The Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth offers an environmental film library, a 2-volume Global Warming Action Kit, and links to activism opportunities.

UU United Nations Office Climate Change Task Force
The UU United Nations Office Climate Change Task Force provides action alerts and informational resources.

UUA Environmental Justice page
Contains a great deal of educational materials and ways to take action.

2014 National Climate Assessment
“Welcome to the National Climate Assessment. The National Climate Assessment summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future. A team of more than 300 experts guided by a 60-member Federal Advisory Committee produced the report, which was extensively reviewed by the public and experts, including federal agencies and a panel of the National Academy of Sciences.”

Climate Change Information from MedLine Plus
This is a resource maintained by the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. It contains a great deal of information about likely health challenges posed by Climate Change. Scroll down the screen for more information.

Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet
Current news and data streams about global warming and climate change from NASA.

“Climate Change: Basic Information” from the EPA
“What You Can Do” 
“A Student’s Guide to Global Climate Change” 

“Climate” from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

“Climate Change” from the Department of Ecology, State of Washington
Climate Change Resources page

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (ICOC)
“The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the leading international body for the assessment of climate change. It was established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 1988 to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of knowledge in climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic impacts. In the same year, the UN General Assembly endorsed the action by WMO and UNEP in jointly establishing the IPCC.”

Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
“Welcome to C2ES – the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions – an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to advance strong policy and action to address the twin challenges of energy and climate change.”

The 4th edition of the Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE) Climate Legislation Study 
Apple compatible app from GLOBE that contains this study and more sustainability legislation information
The Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE International) is an international organisation comprising national parliamentarians from over 80 countries committed to developing and overseeing the implementation of laws in pursuit of sustainable development. GLOBE is a non-party political organisation that supports legislators through national chapters to develop and advance laws on climate change, natural capital accounting and forests. On 27 February 2014, the Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE International) released the 4th edition of the GLOBE Climate Legislation Study – produced in partnership with the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics. The Study is the most comprehensive audit of climate legislation across 66 countries, together responsible for around 88% of global manmade greenhouse gas emissions.

Energy Conservation

US Department of Energy: Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
“The U.S. DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Web site provides information on energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.”

Energy.gov: Energy Saver page
Energy saving tips from the US Department of Energy.

Home Improvement: ENERGY STAR
“Improving your home’s energy efficiency with ENERGY STAR can help to reduce high energy bills, improve comfort and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Let us help you — whether you do-it-yourself or hire a qualified professional.”

Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency: ENERGY STAR
This webpage contains information you need to receive Federal Tax Credits for being more energy efficient.

Recycling

Rolla Recycling Center
Information on what you can and cannot recycle at the Rolla Recycling Center. The Recycling Center is at 2141 Old St. James Road.

“Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” page from the EPA
“Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Resources for Students and Educators” page
“Used Electronics”
“Learn how reducing, reusing, and recycling can help you, your community, and the environment by saving money, energy, and natural resources. Recycling programs are managed at the state and local level—find information on recycling in your community.”

Wastes – “What You Can Do” page from the US Environmental Protection Agency
“Find out what you can do to help make a difference in our environment everyday! Whether you’re at home, on the go, in the office, or at school, there are many opportunities to go green by Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling. Click on the navigation tabs for quick tips and resources to get you started.”

Food Sustainability

Rolla Community Garden
Facebook page
“The mission of the Rolla Community Garden project is to provide the opportunity to grow healthy and low cost produce and a hands-on learning experience to the Rolla community in an environmentally responsible manner.” Grow food and eat locally! The address is McCutchen Dr., in back of the Rolla Recycling Center, 65401.

Huffington Post Sustainable Food News Page

“Composting At Home” page of the EPA’s Reduce, Reuse, Recycle site

“How To Reduce Food Waste” page of the EPA’s Reduce, Reuse, Recycle site

Trees, Deforestation, and Reforestation

Reforest Rolla
Free trees from the City of Rolla to help fight runoff pollution!
“The idea behind the Reforest Rolla program is to assist the City of Rolla in it’s post construction runoff control efforts by using trees to reduce runoff.  In fact, urban  and community reforestation is becoming a more popular technique daily. Trees naturally filter stormwater AND reduce runoff  and erosion. They have energy saving benefits associated with them and are aesthetically pleasing.”

“Tropical Deforestation” from NASA’s Earth Observatory page
“Amazon Deforestation” from NASA’s Earth Observatory page
Both webpages explain the environmental dangers of tropical deforestation.

Reforestation page of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) 
Reforestation Overview page
Contains educational materials on the importance or reforestation and the role of the USDA is reforestation in the United States.

Arbor Day Foundation
Arbor Day Foundation’s “Take Action” page
“We inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. This is the mission statement of the Arbor Day Foundation…Founded in 1972, the centennial of the first Arbor Day observance in the 19th century, the Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with over one million members, supporters, and valued partners. The impact we make on our world is accomplished through our conservation and education programs.”

The Green Belt Movement
“The Green Belt Movement (GBM) is an environmental organization that empowers communities, particularly women, to conserve the environment and improve livelihoods. GBM was founded by Professor Wangari Maathai in 1977 under the auspices of the National Council of Women of Kenya (NCWK) to respond to the needs of rural Kenyan women who reported that their streams were drying up, their food supply was less secure, and they had to walk further and further to get firewood for fuel and fencing. GBM encouraged the women to work together to grow seedlings and plant trees to bind the soil, store rainwater, provide food and firewood, and receive a small monetary token for their work.”

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Rolla provides the information on our website for informational purposes only. Information included on our website is not an endorsement.

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