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Slide 09: Facebook Friendships

Slide 09: Facebook Friendships

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Now that we understand the problem—rising sea levels—we can talk about something more hopeful: the fact that people like us are already working together to tackle the underlying cause of the problem. People are finding a variety of ways to reduce the use of fossil fuels, so that we can slow down, and eventually stop, the “blanket effect” caused by rampant carbon dioxide. 

For example, in Baltimore, with funding from the state of Maryland, the city launched the Baltimore Energy Initiative to streamline and expand the city’s energy conservation programs, build awareness, and help rally communities around the issue. The Initiative is helping businesses make their buildings more energy efficient. And, it is training neighborhood leaders to be “Energy Captains.” Energy Captains help their neighbors access free energy-saving equipment for their homes and lead by example when it comes to conserving energy. So far over 15,000 Baltimore residents and business owners have participated, and this is helping the city use 15% less energy by 2020.

And of course, it’s not just Baltimore. There are similar programs in Chicago (Neighborhood Energy Challenge), and Oregon (Neighborhood Sustainability Stewards), and in Europe (Energy Neighborhood). In cities, towns, and rural communities around the world, people are taking action to address sea level rise—and climate change, one of the greatest challenges of our time. 

 

In an interconnected global society like ours, we can work together more easily than ever before. And we can also spread the word about important problems, and sensible solutions, quickly and easily. Let’s talk about what we can do together to protect the places we depend on, and protect the habitats of the other species we share the planet with. Let’s talk about what we all can do in our communities to help decrease the release of rampant carbon! What ideas do you have to reduce energy use? {Discuss ideas with visitors.}

Notes and Rationale:

This section makes use of several important framing techniques. It evokes the Values of Responsible Management and Protection, restates Rampant CO2, and offers a concrete example of a collective Solution. The visual reinforces the idea that the topic is about a big picture issue that includes all of us.

To customize the presentation, find a similar Solution that is happening in your region, or substitute another example. Make sure that the example chosen is at a systems-scale.

Invite your audience to keep the conversation going with specific questions that keep the conversation productive. Offer additional resources and information about the solutions mentioned during the presentation

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