Resource Starter Packs
Start your journey with these curated resources
“I’m worried about the climate crisis but I’m not sure how I can help.”
Work On Climate can help! These are community suggested resources for delving into different areas of the climate problem. Resources are grouped into starter packs.
Our hope is that a starter pack will provide the tools you need to brainstorm climate solutions and figure out how you can help. Do you have other resources to suggest? Did you take an action or learn something useful from a starter pack? Share it with us on #learn-the-space.
- Hal Harvey can give you a dose of hope. This hour-long video shows how one person can make a difference in climate policy if they are hyper strategic.
- Project Drawdown’s go-to list of 80+ unique and surprising climate solutions can help you discover new climate solutions that you didn’t know existed, and help you prioritize which solutions to work on.
- My Climate Journey podcasts and Clubhouse talks. Entrepreneur Jason Jacobs interviewed 100+ climate experts and made podcasts and transcripts. Skim over the list of interviews to get a map of the space.
- Breakthrough Energy, Bill Gates’s organization, gives a thorough and clear explanation of various U.S. climate solutions by sector and the challenges that each faces. (But see some criticism of Bill Gates’s approach.)
Find a meaningful new job!
- Climatebase (formerly climate.careers) is the go-to directory for climate jobs.
- Climate Change Jobs is the platform for climate jobs in the UK
- Leventov’s Guide (and the new edition) — A software engineer wrote a guide on finding a climate job with links to many directories.
- Our community’s tips and tricks of how to get a climate job.
- The community-authored The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Getting a Data Job in Climate, Grace Li’s Breaking into Climate as a Mechanical Engineer, Climate Tech ML companies
Are you thinking of starting a climate company?
- My Climate Journey podcasts. Entrepreneur Jason Jacobs interviewed many climate founders about their journeys.
- ClimateTech.VC has a weekly mailing list with interesting interviews and funding opportunities.
- List of climate investors— The Climatescape database of 300+ climate investors.
- The WoCl Slack #founders channel is a place for you to find cofounders and share opportunities.
- A list of general entrepreneurship frameworks that our community likes: Disciplined Entrepreneurship, Loonshots, Zero to One.
Change. Hope. Let’s do this.
- David Roberts is a beloved journalist who produces comprehensive summary pieces on climate policy.
- Designing Climate Solutions is the go-to book about how to design effective climate policy by industry veteran Hal Harvey.
- Future Matters Project is a German organization that does hyper strategic climate organizing by grounding their approach in psychology principles.
- Citizen’s Guide to Climate Success by Mark Jaccard. A good primer about policy and many of the myths around climate policy and how to overcome them.
Moving beyond mitigation to removal.
- Ryan Orbuch’s guide — Comprehensive summary of the landscape from a member of Stripe’s climate team. Links to more in-depth overviews for mineral-based carbon removal, nature-based carbon removal, and soil-based sequestration.
- John Sanchez Carbon Removal Academy — curriculum and learning groups put together by a Harvard undergraduate studying computer science and chemistry.
- Airminers group — big list of companies working on removing carbon from air. Also has a highly active Slack group.
- Carbon Dioxide Removal Group — lively Google Group of experts discussing how to remove CO2 from the air.
Moving all atmospheric CO2 to the oceans would only increase ocean carbon by 0.5%
- OceanCDR is a community of technical people and resources interested in ocean carbon dioxide removal (recommended by a marine ecologist). Intro video about how it works.
- Carbon Removal Academy Oceans Unit — Learning resources at three different levels of sophistication, as curated by John Sanchez.
- Greenwave is a non-profit dedicated to teaching underprivileged people how to farm seaweed. Did you know: seaweed is the fastest organism in the world at absorbing CO2?
Funding opportunities: Oceankind, Schmidt Ocean Institute.
Firstly, it’s pronounced fi-NANCE.
- Carbon Tracker — Unbiased reports from financial analysts on how the corporate world is helping (or not) with climate the effort.
- Climate Action 100+ — The major investment conglomerate enacting change through shareholder activism. Partnered with Ceres. Cassandra Xia wrote a summary (May 2020).
- Jigar Shah — The climate finance guy. Popularized purchase power agreements and project finance.
Impact investors: PRIME Coalition, Generate Capital, Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Lowercarbon Capital, Packard Foundation, Climateworks, Grantham.
More resources in Climate Finance.
Welcome to the world of Regen Ag.
- Rodale Institute – Regenerative Organic Agriculture and Climate Change – White paper that will help a reader get up-to-speed and provides several references for further study. Rodale Institute is legendary in the organic agricultural space and are helping launch the Regenerative Organic Certified label.
- Regeneration International – Covers the basics on Regen Ag including why it’s needed and how it works. Includes videos and deeper dives into the practices.
- Regen Ag Resource List – Constantly updated list of Regen Ag resources ranging from farms, technology, networks, to investors. Great place to find specific areas in the space.
- Soil Health Primer – Created by the #NoRegretsIntiative another site to find interesting content on specific topics from overview, philosophy, soils, and more
Go with friends!
- Work on Climate — Hey, that’s us! We would love to be your climate friend and help you find a meaningful role in climate. Come join us on our Slack.
- ClimateAction.Tech — also has an active Slack community!
- My Climate Journey — well-known and high-quality community, but charges $10/month.
- Effective Environmentalism — Facebook group of effective altruism (EA) minded folk. Posts pretty thoughtful links.
- Cross Campus Sustainability Discussions — live Slack group for student leaders in sustainability with monthly discussions and knowledge sharing. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for an invite link
- Climate Change AI is a community dedicated to exploring applications of AI in climate, with an accompanying 100+ page comprehensive paper and frequent presence at major research conferences.
- PAW Climate is a conference focused on private-sector applications of ML in climate tech, i.e. it answers the question “Where can an ML professional go to do commercial work on climate solutions”. Organizers published all materials for free.
- Climate Tech ML companies is a large list of climate companies using ML in production.
Other people have put together resource lists as well. Let’s go meta.
- Zoe Samuel’s guide — Zoe organizes the 1000+ climate group at Google. Here is her guide. She’s on our Slack if you need to DM.
- Climate Change Academy — A climate science curriculum at a number of different levels of sophistication, providing an actionable area of the space.
- Cass and Eugene’s ideas list — List of ideas that Work on Climate team members Eugene Kirpichov and Cassandra Xia find promising. Comment on the doc or post your idea to #looking-for-buddies to collaborate.