Does Personal Action Matter?
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Does personal action matter?
Why should we make personal changes?
There are three main reasons our personal changes still matter:
- Our actions cause a ripple effect: if we change our lifestyle, others are likely to follow
- People will take you more seriously as an environmentalist if you practice what you preach
- If we only buy sustainable products, companies are incentivised to adopt more environmentally sustainable practices to meet your demand. This is called voting with your wallets
Vote if you can!
As well as voting with our wallets, we can also vote with our … votes! By voting for politicians that support emissions-reducing policies, such as carbon taxation and tighter environmental regulations, we can hope to see governments taking action against the climate crisis.
People in developed countries can and should reduce their overall consumption. But, humanity as a whole will need to shift consumption to sustainable products. This means eating low-emission diets, taking low-emission transport, etc.
Another great way to help solve climate change is to choose high-impact careers that work to find solutions to our current sustainability problems, or raise awareness in others.Next Chapter