What is We Can Fix It?
Are you feeling overwhelmed in the climate crisis? Not sure what really makes a difference, where to start, or how to make time for meaningful climate action in your already-full life?
Then this monthly advice column written by me, your friendly neighborhood climate scientist Kim Nicholas, is for you.
On or about the last Thursday of every month (hey, this is an unpaid labour of love— sometimes my students or research deadlines need me!), you’ll get an actionable, expert update, where I personally vet and select from the best of essential research, culture, and inspiration. Check out the highlights from the archive below!
Each newsletter contains the three ingredients we need to fix the climate:
Answering your questions with news you can use, busting myths, and highlighting research you can apply in your daily life, including:
This isn’t what I was taught in grad school, but I’ve figured out that the way to go from feeling freaked out to empowered is by embracing All the Climate Feels about the planetary mess we’re in. It’s also how we can find our personal climate calling, support each other in community, and find joy along the way. Yay!
Evidence-based advice on what YOU can do that really makes a difference (and what you can stop worrying about), from your own daily life all the way up to how you can affect systems of culture, politics, money, and power.
This newsletter aims to inspire and empower you to help fix climate change, by doing things you enjoy, as part of the busy life you already lead. Join us!
New! We Can Fix It podcast is here!
Listen to the very first episode, an interview with Dr. Britt Wray, author of Generation Dread, about switching careers to work full-time on climate, holding on to uncertainty, and being one tiny drop in a tidal wave of change.
*Who am I?
Hej! I’m Kim Nicholas. I’m glad you’re here!
I’m on a mission to help stabilize the climate in time to avoid catastrophic climate change, while making life on Earth better for people and nature.
I could really use your help, which is why I started this newsletter. :)
For my day job, I’m an Associate Professor of Sustainability Science at Lund University in Sweden. I’ve published more than 55 peer-reviewed studies on climate and sustainability. I earned my PhD in Environment and Resources from Stanford University in 2009, studying how climate change affects wine around my hometown of Sonoma, California.
I’m also the author of a new book, UNDER THE SKY WE MAKE. This is your one-stop shop to majorly level up on all the climate facts, feelings, and actions. (It’ll take you 3 years of newsletter reading to equal the concentrated goodness of the book!!) Plus enjoy some stories about wine, complicated family legacies, and finding low-carbon love on Tinder. I’d be honored if you ordered it from your favorite local bookstore or wherever you get your books. Please get in touch if you’d like a virtual Author Q&A with your book club, or a book seminar for your favorite organization. Thank you!
If you’d like, you can:
Read my writing
Check out my media appearances and profiles in places like The New York Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Elle, and New Scientist
Listen to a playlist of recent interviews on the BBC, NPR, and podcasts
Read more about my research, teaching, and speaking on my website
Watch recent talks on my YouTube channel
Thanks for being here!
Can I use the material in We Can Fix It?
Yes please! Feel free to cite, quote, and share as you like.
Thanks to journalists including Yana Pashaeva at Slate and Kit Dillon of The New York Times for citing We Can Fix It! :)
Please attribute any ideas, text, or images you use in presentations, writing, or other creations to me by including the words “Kimberly Nicholas” and “We Can Fix It” with a link to “wecanfixit.substack.com”.
In text: “Kimberly Nicholas, associate professor of sustainability science at Lund University and author of We Can Fix It substack”
On presentation slides: “Kimberly Nicholas, WeCanFixIt.Substack.com”