join the fight

Welcome to your climate action mission headquarters. All superheroes have villains they need to defeat, and as climate action superheroes we need to work together to save our planet. 

Scroll down to learn more about the climate change villains and discover how we can combine our superpowers to join the fight. We all have the power within us to make a difference. 

Looking for even more ways to help? Check out our monthly missions!

greenhouse gases

Greenhouse gases are causing our planet to warm, leading to climate change. You can learn more about the six major greenhouse gases at NASA Climate Kids.

When we work together we can help reduce the bad greenhouse gases in our atmosphere and we can remember that when we do less, we emit less.

how to use your powers

As an Arbor Avenger you can advocate for the protection of our trees and learn more about their importance. Trees absorb and store harmful carbon dioxide and release oxygen. One tree can absorb nearly 50 pounds of carbon dioxide per year!

As a member of the Pollinator Patrol you grow your own fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Not only will these plants absorb greenhouse gases, but you will also help cut down on fuel emissions to transport food from farms to your local grocery store. 

As a Community Captain you can reduce energy waste in your house by making sure that all lights and electronics are powered off when they are not being used. 

As a Water Warrior you can make sure that your family takes shorter showers and turns off the water faucet when they are brushing their teeth or scrubbing their hands. Save water and energy!

As a Mighty Meteorologist you can learn more about the Greenhouse Effect and how it contributes to global warming. Teach your friends and family!

the villains

food waste

It’s estimated that nearly 30-40% of all food produced is wasted. This includes food scraps from our own meals, food that is considered "ugly", and food that spoils before we get a chance to eat it. 

When we waste food, we waste money and miss out on the opportunity to feed people in need. When food rots it even produces greenhouse gases. 

Learn more about food waste here and discover ways to fight this villain as a family!

how to use your powers

As an Arbor Avenger you can help collect your family's food waste for compost. Composting creates soil to grow new plants and trees. Find a composting center in your community here!

As a member of the Pollinator Patrol you can grow your own herbs inside in a used container like an empty jar. You can help make sure your family always has fresh herbs and only uses what they need. 

As a Community Captain you can help your family save your vegetable scraps (like the peel of a carrot or stem of broccoli!) to make and freeze homemade vegetable stock

As a Water Warrior you know that when we waste food, we also waste water. Share you knowledge with your friends and family - this is just another reason to not waste food!

As a Mighty Meteorologist you can make sure that your family is prepared for a weather emergency by stocking up on food supplies like canned goods that won't spoil. You can learn more about

habitat loss

Due to human activity and climate change we are seeing what scientists call habitat loss - plants and animals are losing the food, water, and shelter that they need to survive, leading to the endangerment and extinction of species all around the world. 

Learn how you can help keep plants and animals happy and healthy!

how to use your powers

As a Water Warrior you can learn more about how coral bleaching happens and why it is so important to protect our coral reefs.


As an Arbor Avenger you and your family can learn more about trees as habitats and why they are so important for many wildlife species. 


As a member of the Pollinator Patrol you know how important bees are for many plants and animals. You can make a pollinator bath for your yard to provide a place for pollinators to cool off or drink water.


As a Mighty Meteorologist you can help protect wildlife during severe weather. Creating a small pile of leaves and twigs in a corner of your yard or under a bush will provide a safe space for small critters to hide during a storm. 


As a Community Captain you can help keep trash out of your neighborhood, parks, or beaches - you can help prevent wildlife from eating the garbage we sometimes leave behind!


Microplastics are a certain type of marine debris that are smaller than 5mm. These itty bitty plastics are a big problem for our waterways and our friends who live in them

Learn how you can help keep microplastics out of our ocean and fresh waterways!

how to use your powers

As a Water Warrior you can help inspire others to protect our ocean and fresh waterways. Find and volunteer for a coastal cleanup in your community. 


As an Arbor Avenger you can help reduce your plastic consumption while also using less paper. Make a reusable bag using an old t-shirt!


As a member of the Pollinator Patrol you can take the Skip the Straw pledge. You can care for living things that live in the ocean, just like you care for the pollinators that live (or fly!) on land. 


As a Mighty Meteorologist you know that when storms come to your community, the wind and rain often blow plastic waste closer towards the ocean and waterways. You can monitor the weather reports to know when a storm is coming and head out in your neighborhood to help clean up trash.

As a Community Captain you can learn more about how long it takes for different types of waste to break down. Plastic can take nearly 450 years to decompose, no wonder it becomes a microplastic!

monthly missions

august 2020

In Washington, DC August is one hot month! Find ways to beat the heat that use less energy and water: - Instead of running through a sprinkler, play games in the shade and fill a spary bottle with cold water to splash yourself. If you do run through the sprinkler, make sure you do it when you need to also water your plants! - Close your windows and blinds when it's sunny outside, this will keep the temperature down in your house and save energy from your air conditioner. - Make popsicles using fresh fruit. Try out this recipe from Tasty.

september 2020

This month, you can learn more about climate change in our STEAM Daydream podcast! Hear from some real-life climate action superheroes, and discover more ways to join the fight. To learn more, visit PS - we also have episodes all about health science and activisim through art!


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