Personal choices to reduce our contribution to climate change

Personal choices to reduce our contribution to climate change

Researchers in Sweden examined the possible steps that people can take to help tackle the climate crisis. Although a lot of resulting news coverage focused on the most effective action (having one fewer kid), the real takeaway is that individual actions still matter. A lot.

Personal choices to reduce your contribution to climate change

In fact, the researchers found that behavioral shifts could be faster than waiting for national climate policies and widespread energy transformations.

The authors’ audience was high school textbook publishers, who the researchers found prioritize relatively low-impact, easy actions like recycling and changing light bulbs. Well, guess what, buttercup? No one ever said fighting climate change would be easy.

If we don’t shift our culture (relatively quickly) to make the most meaningful changes feel inevitable, we’re not going to get a second chance.

Source: Grist

Date: August 2017

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