Individuals as Solution to Climate Change?

The question “what can individuals do to tackle climate change?” has been debated for decades, and is much more complicated than it might at first appear. This course explains why and helps you map out your own climate strategy.

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Individual Action vs. Collective Action

Solving climate change requires collective action. Reducing your carbon footprint is important, but the real challenge is in translating individual action into collective action. “Just get out and vote,” sounds good, but it’s far too simplistic given today’s electoral system.


I learned more from the Climatographers' course on sea level rise than I did attending a two-day conference on sea level rise. Highly recommend them!

Joyce Coffee (President, Climate Resilience Consulting)


It’s amazing how hard it is to find good resources and thinking on carbon offsets. None of my typical channels/NGOs surface things like the Climatographers' carbon offsets course.

Max Scher (Senior Mgr, Sustainability, Salesforce)

This course will include:

  • why are we where we are today?
  • are individuals responsible for climate change?
  • will policy makers solve  climate change?
  • Will Business Solve Climate Change?
  • What are the Barriers to Individual action?
  • what can you do with your voice?
  • what can you do about your carbon footprint?
  • what can you do with your time and expertise?
  • what can you do with your lifestyle?
  • what can you do with your money?
  • what's missing when it comes to translating individual action into collective action?

About The Course Instructor, Dr. Mark Trexler

Dr. Mark Trexler has more than 30 years of climate change experience and has advised clients around the world on climate change risk and risk management. Mark joined the World Resources Institute in Washington, DC, in 1988, where he worked on the first carbon offset project, the CARE Agroforestry Project in Guatemala, as well as the first studies of nature-based solutions to climate change. He has served as a lead author and editor for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and founded and directed Trexler Climate + Energy Services (TC+ES) from 1991–2007. He was most recently Director of Climate Risk for the global risk management firm of Det Norske Veritas (based in Oslo). He is widely published on climate change topics, particularly those relating to carbon offsets, societal risk, and business risk management. Mark has lived around the world and speaks five languages, and holds advanced degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. 

Mark's work on climate change knowledge management is inspired by Carla O'Dell's quote: "If only we knew what we know." The information to solve climate change exists, but it rarely gets to the right person at the right time. The Climatographers want to help change that. We welcome your feedback and ideas, including on courses like this one.

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