What can I do to rescue the world from climate change?*
Would donating to the UN do the trick?
Would installing an app to track my carbon footprint be more effective?
Or maybe foregoing lunch meats is the answer?
Here’s my dilemma:
If the evidence of anthropogenic climate change is so overwhelming and unambiguous, and if the stakes are so lethal, that the only solution is massive geopolitical transformation, then what can I do about it? If the UN is going to be empowered to implement Agenda 21, and if that will Save The Planet, then what do my minute actions have to do with a lasting solution?
If, on the other hand, my tiny lifestyle changes can effect a climate change reversal, then how perilous is the situation, after all? If “the power of one” is enough to turn things around, then how urgent is the problem of climate change?
The informed retort will be that the solution lies in the mass of humanity making those tiny, world-saving lifestyle changes. The problem, of course, is that it seems like the only way to ensure that “the masses” comply with What’s Right is for The Powers That Be to implement Agenda 21 by any means necessary–in which case it shall make no ultimate difference whether the masses voluntarily comply. Where’s there’s the political will, there the climate will change.
Lastly, I find it not a little ironic that we are exhorted to trust our political and economic leaders, when it was the same figures in past generations which brought us to this putative predicament in the first place. The only basis for such historical snobbery is to claim that Our Leaders are more Enlightened (because Science!) than any generation before us. Assuming that’s true, however, I am brought back to my original dilemma: if these unflinching People of Vision and unsleeping Wagers of Willfare [sic] are so enlightened, then it makes no difference what I myself do, for They shall–they must–take care of everything in time. So, even if I were completely “sold” on the need for radical lifestyle change, my personal actions would not be enough; or, if they were enough, in the long run, then the long run really isn’t so doomed.
* A friend asked me if this was one of my kids’ homework assignments. Sadly, my kids are still young enough that by the time they able to complete such assignments, the question will probably sound more like, “Which eco-heretic should be executed this month? (Extra credit for writing out The Hymn of Man.)”