as a daily practice, we can focus on individual action. we can and should decrease our negative impact on the planet by consuming less, decreasing our waste, decreasing our use of fossil fuels by driving and flying less and using less plastic, eating organic and less meat, and talking to others about these issues.
in the bigger picture, however, these individual actions…while important…will not affect our planet in ways that will drastically impact the causes of rising temperatures. a shift away from the use of fossil fuels altogether and toward totally sustainable energy is necessary. we have to let our leaders know what we want. we have to let them know that voting for a cleaner planet will get them re-elected…not the opposite. this is not an issue that should divide political parties. this is an issue that should unite the world…the one world that we all share.
the issue itself, here. so important. so good.
the above book, but will the planet notice? by gernot wagner, is an interesting look at some of the policies and actions we could implement that could truly impact change. it took some mental gymnastics at some points, but i love to be challenged…especially on this topic. wagner is a harvard and stanford graduate, an economist at the environmental defense fund, and also teaches at columbia (not just some dude with opinions). we need some big ideas, and this book offers some options. (check it out at your local library.)
if you'd like a closer look at some target issues, here.
my eyes are on COP21. my prayers are for a surprisingly positive outcome.