Tag: climate

Great little article about the ineffectiveness of fighting systems of power (in this case climate change) with consumer choices.

“Steeped in a culture telling us to think of ourselves as consumers instead of citizens, as self-reliant instead of interdependent, is it any wonder we deal with a systemic issue by turning in droves to ineffectual, individual efforts?”

What’s needed is what’s outlined here: WWII-scale climate mobilization.

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A graph!


Note this measures emissions per year, not emissions cumulatively. Also note the little dip in 2008. That was on account of the recession. This clearly indicates that in order to thwart climate change industry must pretty much stop. All the policy-making and conscious consumerism has done very little to address the actual problem, while what has had an actual impact is an economic downturn.

This is shocking to me, but not depressing. There’s a lot of opportunity here and it’s up to us as a species to figure it out. What kind of values do we need? What do we do about this? These questions are rote but they’re important and good ones. And the answer is nowhere near “try to shop at Whole Foods once in a while”.

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