Educate me on sustainability so I can educate others
April 18, 2019 6:00 AM   Subscribe

I have a deep passion for environmental sustainability. I had a realization that my skills align quite well with being an advocate for change, and helping people learn to change. I'd like to turn my passion into a depth of knowledge about best practices and current science. What are the blogs, publications, news sites, or researchers I should familiarize myself with and follow?
posted by rebent to Education (6 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
Are you interested in:
  • Climate science and how to inspire change in others around you? Being the Change is a brilliant book on these topics.
  • Emerging environmental impacts and higher-level policy responses? Union of Concerned Scientists has some fascinating studies for you.
  • Energy use in structures and sustainable construction practices? Check out Green Building Advisor for the details.

posted by ContinuousWave at 8:21 AM on April 18, 2019 [2 favorites]

If you're interested in climate change mitigation, Drawdown provides a good jump-off point for understanding which practices you might want to learn more about.
posted by golden at 11:31 AM on April 18, 2019

What scale do you see your self working at?
i.e. street, neighbourhood, town, state\region, nation, cross-border, planet

Do you see yourself moving up and down the scales? Genuinely want to know as many resources are directed at certain levels of action.
posted by unearthed at 12:39 PM on April 18, 2019

Response by poster: Unearthed, I think state-regional, or town level.
posted by rebent at 7:32 PM on April 18, 2019

I would recommend taking a class on interpretation course if at all possible - it helps to know how to take scientific information and mold it into a story people care about. Check out the National Association for Interpretation for some info (, or you can likely find classes at your local zoos, nature centers, or public lands.
posted by itsamermaid at 8:33 PM on April 18, 2019

If you’re interested in biofuels and other biologically produced alternatives to petroleum products, might be of interest.
posted by pombe at 6:16 PM on April 19, 2019

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