The fact is that the vast majority of global greenhouse gas emissions come from just a handful of corporations, aided and abetted by the world’s governments. We need to let go of the idea that it’s all of our individual faults, and take on the collective responsibility of holding the true culprits accountable.
It’s tough being environmentally conscious – you order takeaways that comes in plastic containers; you have a craving to eat meat; you drive your car instead of bicycling to work because it was raining. All reasons to maybe feel guilty.
Yet we shouldn’t be so hard on ourselves, rather we should save our scorn for the system that inflicts environmentally damaging things and situations on us. The emphasis on individual action leaves people concerned about everyday activities that they can often barely avoid doing because of the fossil fuel-dependent system we live in. If we want to function in this society, we have no choice but to participate in that system.
It is understandable why people may feel guilt though. Scientists and politicians keep warning us that we are the ones causing climate collapse. Check out the New Zealand Government’s abysmal video they released for World Environment Day. They make…
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