How to be a Hero for All our Children. A little Guide to Climate Science and Climate Actions We Can Take
How to be a Hero for All our Children: A People's Climate Toolkit is a guide to personal and political climate action. Gathering climate science from the latest reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), alongside suggested personal actions and questions for politicians, “How to be a Hero” is an accessible resource to share with local communities and as part of educational initiatives.
“How to be a Hero” is offered in two versions.
- The shorter A6 booklet is designed as a conversation starter or to put through doors, and features colourful graphics to engage new readers and visual learners.
- The A5 “extended version” offers a simpler layout and features further information and questions for politicians. Both publications offer full bibliographies that link readers to the relevant IPCC reports, offering easy and direct access to the climate science given to their governments.
Personal actions, in response to this science, that we can take in our daily lives. Current environmental crises, including climate change, are driven by humans. It is our responsibility to help, both in our personal lives and through our governments.
Questions to guide conversations with our politicians.
Healthy and fair government policies can help us act urgently, while also protecting human rights, Indigenous People’s rights, and nature.
- Images to show how transforming the root causes of climate change can help heal other crises unprecedented in our human history, including rates of species extinction, ocean acidification, land degradation, chemical pollution, and freshwater scarcity.
This booklet is written to inform and empower people wanting to build a more sustainable world. It offers: The latest climate science from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC informs our governments on what is happening, why it is happening, and what we can do to stop climate change. Our governments officially approve IPCC summaries.
Slow down Whether we recognize it or not, we are destroying our children’s ability to thrive on this planet.
Listen, observe, discuss and learn
- What is the legacy we want to leave our children?
- Love, support, and a world in which they can live healthily?
- Listen to your heart, your soul, and your dreams for this world. Let go of fear.
Act Speak out, build the alternative, tell a new story33, make changes to empower ourselves and inspire others. Leave a legacy for all children, that we acted when we knew.
Save lives We still have a chance to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. This is a chance to save the human family, other species and nature from profound levels of suffering and loss of life expected with higher global temperature rises.
Get involved The 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change is a framework for global action. Developed countries are responsible for leading on urgent GHG emission reductions, and climate finance to poorer countries. All countries must submit ‘Nationally Determined Contributions’ (NDCs) to reduce their GHG emissions. Write to your local decision makers, read your country’s NDC (Is it as ambitious as it could be?)34, hang a poster in your window, join a march, and be sure to vote.
About: The Quaker UN Office is an expert observer of the IPCC and UNFCCC. QUNO has been supporting work on climate change at the international level through diplomacy, advocacy and education initiatives since 2012.