When the International Panel on Climate Change warned the world we'd face catastrophic climate change if we didn't act instantly to cut emissions, there was a renewed call for greener choices. But the focus on which cars individuals drive, and whether individuals recycle, wrongly places the blame for the climate crisis on the shoulders of the people.
In reality it's powerful industries, and the political structures that safeguard them, that most urgently need reform. Fossil fuel corporations and meat and dairy producers want us to believe the climate crisis is our fault, while they continue business as usual. The choices we make have an impact, of course, but whether you're choosing plant-based foods or going solar, every personal action is just a starting point. Worldwide, systemic change is what's needed. And the climate crisis is bigger than any one of us.
If we hope to reduce emissions, we need to let go of our guilt, be clear about who's responsible, and redefine personal action to push for the large-scale policy, economic, social and technological changes required. Read on for more ways to stay engaged and fight back.
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