28 Jun '18, 2pm

Behavior change doesn't make a difference (until it does)

Behavior change doesn't make a difference (until it does)

I've made no secret of my occasional frustration with environmentalists' obsession with individual action and personal lifestyle change . And I'm not exactly alone . While there's nothing wrong with cutting out meat and dairy or living a plastic-free year , these actions run the danger of being more about personal virtue signaling than a strategy for actually reversing the environmental destruction we see all around us. You see, in a world where fossil fuels are subsidized, excessive consumption is encouraged and polluters don't pay for the true costs of their emissions, it takes dedication, resources and determination to swim upstream and seeking to live sustainably. And while many of us do what we can, I'd be willing to bet that very few of us—if any—could claim to be living a truly 100% sustainable life. Of course, I've said all this before. As have many others. But it'...

Full article: https://www.treehugger.com/plastic/turning-individual-act...

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