Thankfully, that culture is now rapidly changing. If you join the ranks of thousands of people who are taking action you are joining a powerful groundswell that will force government into action as well.
Aside from this, taking action is empowering and liberating. It is the only moral thing to do and it allows us to live much more fulfilling and healthy lives.
Why there’s no point being smug.
Climate change is a great leveller. Nobody is immune from it. None of us lives truly sustainably. We’re all in the same boat.
Rides a bike most places
Buys opp-shop clothes
Prides himself on his green lifestyle
Loves her steak dinners
Gets around in a four-wheel-drive
Doesn’t think much about her lifestyle impact
And here’s Jill:
Question: Which of the two has the biggest carbon footprint?
Answer: Well actually in this case it was Jack.
How can that be? Because Jack happens to have family in Europe and flies there at least once per year. And he likes to travel places.
Who can blame him for that, but his jet flying has such an enormous impact on climate that it overwhelms all his good deeds at home.
Whether you are rich or poor, well educated or not, professional or trades… your climate footprint will tend to defy such class distinctions.
In fact, people having the highest climate footprint are more often well educated and environmentally conscious, but who are outperformed by traditional blue collar families who do things like catch buses, share their resources and grow vegetables at home.
Motto: Nobody can afford to be smug or to point the finger at others. It’s all a question of developing personal leadership and sensible moderation.