City Editors

This page is for excellent local students and local climate leaders who want to create and maintain their town’s vitally-important local climate page. A City Editor on LocalClimate.org quickly becomes a local go-to expert on everything having to do with climate change and the energy transition in their City.

You can help everyone in your community know much, much more about the changing climate … by presenting it from a local perspective.

You can get way more people in your city interested and involved in solving climate change by giving them a comprehensive resource for moving forward.

LocalClimate.org is a for-credit, instructor-guided, climate communication project for high schoolers and college students. You’ll create well-researched, well-presented local content about climate change and the energy transition. You’ll become familiar with everything having to do with climate change and clean energy in your town. You’ll present you town’s climate change situation to the public and become a local climate change expert in your community. Your city’s climate page, if done very well, can have a transformational impact on how quickly your town zeros its carbon emissions.

More people in your city need to know what’s ahead locally with the climate! Assemble an insightful, actionable city climate page on LocalClimate.org, then talk to community groups, elected officials, and the local media about it.

Primary audiences of LocalClimate: 1. Everyone in your town or city. 2. Everyone in other towns and cities who’ll compare and contrast – and feel a “climate-nudging” effect.

City Editors, these are some of the many topics you can cover, on your town’s local climate page

You have a lot of latitude about what goes into your city’s local climate page. The goal is to give people a comprehensive view of your town’s local climate situation and local energy transition. You can create content on any of these and other local climate change topics.

1.0 Communicate about how climate change is IMPACTING Your City

Local Climate Impacts: The changing climate will impact different cities in different ways. Almost all cities will experience some kind of climate difficulty; indeed many places already are. How will the climate impact you where you live?

What are your town’s climate vulnerabilities? Is your town already prone to flood, burn, get hit by tropical storms, etc? Does your city already suffer from the”urban heat island” effect? Is city infrastructure ready for worsening climate conditions? What damage has already occurred?” What’s your town’s worst-case scenario? What local government agencies are in charge of preparing for your local climate impacts? Is robust protection from your town’s local impacts possible? If so, at what cost? Will the changed climate impact your community’s water or food supply?

2.0 Tell local residents about your CITY LEADERS and what they’re doing about the climate

City leadership on the climate is key: Local Climate.org showcases your mayor and city officials working on local climate plans, policy, projects. See just how good a job your town is doing on cutting carbon and preparing for the new local climate.

Has your City declared a climate emergency? How awesome (or not) is your Mayor & City Council on climate? What’s in your town’s climate action plan? Describe your city’s climate policies, programs, and projects. Are they just getting started? Have they already produced good results? When is your municipality scheduled to become 100% free of carbon emissions? Does your city’s climate action plan include other sectors of the local economy besides itself? Does your city have an “electric building” ordinance? How well is your town paying attention to “climate adaptation” projects? Give your City a climate performance grade! No shaming, it’s just a simple criteria-based progress report. That everyone gets to see.

3.0 What are SCIENTISTS and STUDENTS in your town learning about the climate?

Students at your local school or university are studying climate change. Your local K-12 system include climate change into the lesson plans of many subjects. And there’s a university researching the climate in just about every city, including yours. There’s probably some interesting new climate research going on by brilliant scientists right there in your local area.

What’s going on climate-wise at your local universities (degree programs, research, etc)? Interview a student or professors about what they’re working on. How is your local school district including climate in its curriculum?

4.0 Who are the CLIMATE ORGANIZATIONS in your city? What are they working on?

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Citizen climate orgs in your town are working diverse solutions to your local climate emergency. A local climate org may be a group of people who educate local politicians on climate and energy issues. Your town may also have a group who focus is making city infrastructure resilient to the impacts of climate change.

Some of these climate groups are active in your town. Write about their recent activities, and quote their members saying something interesting or actionable.

Climate Reality Project, Sunrise Movement, Citizens Climate Lobby, Extinction Rebellion, 350.org, Fridays for Future, Path to Positive Communities, Climate Justice Alliance, People’s Climate Movement, Interfaith Power & Light, Catholic Climate Movement, Laudato Si Movement, Dayenu, Young Evangelicals for Climate Action, Out for Sustainability, Queers X Climate, RepublicEn, Climate Hawks, Moms’ Clean Air Force, Climate Dads, and many more local climate-related orgs

5.0 Are your City’s state and federal POLITICIANS bickering ..or doing something about the climate?

Local Politicians on Climate: Lawmakers from your city talk about climate and energy policy at all levels of government. Some talk, and some do. Some politicians are making forward-thinking climate and energy policy. While LocalClimate.org is non-political, it does report the facts about what your locally-elected reps are saying and doing about climate change.

6.0 Current Progress on Your City‘s GREAT ENERGY TRANSITION

Keep track of your community’s progress as it works toward zero carbon emissions and 100% clean energy. Be a kind of gentle watchdog. You’re chronicling your local energy transition to raise your community’s’s interest and participation. Nudge other cities with stories about the successes of your local energy transition. Your city’s progress is a vital part of the the world’s Great Energy Transition.

Local status of electric vehicles and stations: Keep track of the rise of electric vehicles in your city until carbon-burning vehicles are all gone. Here you’ll find stats on evehicle registrations in your city, and which evehicle models are selling best in your area. How many public and private evehicle charging stationsare installed in your city – plus those slated for installation. Also look at your city’s growing number of electric school busses, electric garbage trucks.

What is your town’s situation with electric vehicles? What’s the current count on electric charge stations in your town? How many will it take to charge your town’s 100% evehicle-owning population? What, if any are the obstacles? What are charge station companies planning for your city over the next five or ten years? What year will be the year when a local evehicle driver won’t have to worry about finding a place to charge up? What percentage of drivers charge their evehicle at home? How’s that working out for them?

Local Energy Farms: LocalClimate .org keeps up with the new and proposed solar and wind farms sprouting up to replace your area’s local carbon monsters. And it’s not just those solar arrays far outside of town. That huge solar array on top of your local sports arena may be your city’s largest, most powerful solar rooftop!

Write about “good example” local energy projects and the people at the front of your town’s great energy transition. Who in your town currently holds the record for “most powerful solar array” in the city limits? For example, the acres of solar panels on your hometown sports arena or over the parking lot of the high school. Briefly interview clean energy utility managers. Does your town already have it’s first “all-electric” building? Have a look – schedule a tour for yourself and some friends, then write about it. Which local neighborhoods gets electricity from a community micro-grid? How did they do that? Have fun: This section will be the most influential on your city’s climate page.

Keep track of your local fire-breathing “carbon monsters” (gas & coal power plants), and when they’ll finally be done burning carbon. These monsters are a big reason why the atmosphere is heating up so quickly. Some cities will see their carbon monster(s) shut down during the 2020s. Others will burn carbon into the 2040s… 20+ more years from now.

Your city’s electric companies are a huge part of the local transition: What are your town’s electric companies doing to switch over to 100% clean (carbon-free) electricity? Do ratepayers think they’re acting quickly enough? Briefly ask some local folks. Do local ratepayers or regulators have a say in where your electricity comes from? On what date will your local coal or gas-fired power plants be shut down? Talk about the wind and solar farms and giant batteries starting up outside of town. What percentage of your city’s electricity comes from wind and solar? Profile a clean energy farm near your city. What will it take to supply your city’s entire electric needs from clean energy?

It’s easy enough to ruminate (and ruminate) on the climate situation.. the grave impacts of climate are mounting as we speak. Many mild-climate cities are starting to feel oppressively hot for months at a time. Some towns burn right up. Some cities will become permanently flooded. Firestorms incinerate billions of creatures and their habitat. Baked farmlands mean less food for millions of people, and some city dwellers will struggle to get enough water. But No! Please don’t despair…

Cities and towns are where people are doing remarkable things, big and small, acting against climate change. People in your town have already started reducing local carbon emissions, and planning for climate resilience.

Look at LocalClimate.org and you’ll see an uplifting amount of great work being done by local school students, local elected officials, local community groups, local businesses, local universities, local climate orgs, local electric utilities, and many more.

Using despair as our superpower, all of us can solve this world-size emergency locally.