Ready, set, go!!! Here are some great projects, inspirations, and ideas for making the world more sustainable and just, one way or another. Although there are many more organizations than can be listed here, this should get you started.
Ron Finley, guerilla gardener and food justice advocate, giving a very inspiring Ted Talk on L.A. Green Ground’s work in South Central LA.:
USA National Phenology Network, a national citizens’ science project to track the timing of seasonal activities in the natural world (bloom out, leaf out, animal behavior, etc.), used in part to help assess the impacts of climate change.
Transition Towns, an international organization of communities working to address the impacts of climate change by building resilient communities with strong skill sets and local self-suffiency.
Post Oil Solutions. Prior to Transitions Towns, this group in southern Vermont developed the mission “to empower the people of the Central Connecticut River Valley bioregion to develop sustainable, collaborative, and socially just communities leading to a self-sufficient post petroleum society”.
350.org. If you haven’t heard of this international climate action group with tons of local chapters, you might be living under a rock.
Climate Action Now, group in Western Mass working on climate change and related issues.
Alternatives for Community and Environment: an environmental justice group based in Boston.
Nuestras Raices, a Holyoke, MA-based group whose mission is to “create healthy environments, celebrate ‘agri-culture,’ harness our collective energy, and to advance our vision of a just and sustainable future”.
An overall list of Massachusetts environmental organizations: http://www.eco-usa.net/orgs/ma.shtml
If climate change and social justice are of concern to your place of worship, check out Eco-Justice Ministries, an “independent, ecumenical agency that helps churches answer the call to care for all of God’s creation, and develop ministries that are faithful, relevant and effective in working toward social justice and environmental sustainability”.