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Climate Change Resources

Please note, this is an incomplete list. If you know of something, relevant to Alaska and climate change, that should be included, please let us know at info@akcommonground.org.

Publications

Resources

Non-profits working on climate change

Alaska Climate Action Network (AK CAN!) is a statewide nonprofit organization that works to promote science, technology, and policy to lower society’s greenhouse gas emissions. With a Facebook membership of approximately 1,400, they inform both the public and policymakers around Alaska. AK CAN! brings climate talks to Alaskan groups upon request, helps communities produce and implement climate action plans, watchdogs the oil and gas industry, and much more. Find AK CAN! at akclimateaction.org or on Facebook. 

Alaska Common Ground is a membership supported, non-profit, non-partisan, tax-deductible organization, with a mission to engage and inform diverse citizens to cultivate understanding and cooperation on issues important to Alaskans. They have hosted hundreds of events discussing public policy topics over the course of their almost 30 year history. You can find out more about them on their website or Facebook page.

Citizens Climate Lobby empowers everyday people to work together on climate change solutions. Our supporters are organized in more than 400 local chapters across the United States, including several in Alaska. Together we’re building support in Congress for a national bipartisan solution to climate change. Information about the Anchorage chapter can be found here.

UAA/APU Books of the year program offer multiple ways to approach this complex topic, ranging from an academic exploration of systems thinking and the synergies between economics, energy, equity and the environment (The Community Resilience Reader) to a call to action on the climate crisis (This Changes Everything) and the best climate solutions (Drawdown) to impassioned essays on community survival by a major Indigenous leader (The Winona LaDuke Chronicles) to creative works highlighting the resilience of individuals and communities impacted by poverty, racism, and extreme weather events (Threadbare and Salvage the Bones). More information here.

The Wilderness Society is a national conservation organization that seeks to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places. The organization has a long history of work in Alaska, going back to around the time of its founding in 1935 and including notable individuals like Olaus and Mardy Murie, Bob Marshall and Celia Hunter. The Wilderness Society has a regional office in Anchorage and has had paid staff in Alaska since the late 1970s. Climate change directly affects management and protection of public lands and wild places. Federal public lands are currently a great contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, but also have incredible potential to be part of the solution. See here to learn more.

OLE Course: Renewable Energy – starts Oct 4th.

Multiple presenters from various sectors of the renewable energy community will discuss the use of local resources such as wind, hydro, solar, and geothermal. Presenters will Introduce the concept of energy literacy and explore local energy efficiency and renewable energy projects and research around the state. Other topics include state energy programming and policy, net-zero energy homes and renewable grid integration. More information here. 7 sessions, starting on October 4th.

Opportunities for Lifelong Education (OLÉ!) is a IRS-recognized 501c3 nonprofit corporation created to give Anchorage adults a place to continue learning together.  OLÉ! is affiliated with the University of Alaska Anchorage. Courses are open to any adult but are specifically designed for people over the age of 50. More information here.

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