10 Nov '11, 1pm

Why Green "Lifestyle Choices" Will Never Save Us

Why Green "Lifestyle Choices" Will Never Save Us

From shed working in fingerless gloves , through peeing on my garden mulch , to cooking pasta in a frying pan and cutting back on dairy , I do make an effort to reduce my personal environmental impact. But I'm far from perfect. Am I Doing All I Can? Lights get left on when they shouldn't. I drive places I probably don't need to. And I confess that my wife and I still get a little lazy when it comes to line drying our clothes . All this lead to a conversation the other day about whether there is any hope. "If folks like you aren't doing all they can," asked my dinner companion "what hope is there for system wide change." I argued that individual lifestyle choices are not a valid metric for cultural and political change. (A point I've made elsewhere in my post on footprints versus leverage .) But I suspect it came off more as an excuse than an explanation. Luckily, Gar Lipow...

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