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Climate: Reduction With Growth?

  How can we reduce our collective/individual carbon footprint while also enjoying our normal way of life? That’s a very tough question to answer. It’s easy to say things like “Don’t use A/C”, “Recycle more”, “Don’t fly”. But when push comes to a very violent shove & we’re told to conserve & reduce our total usage, what in the polluted world are we going to do?
There are answers to it we may not like & realizations that we must accept. There are nations with teams working around-the-clock on formulating plans to combat the increasingly hostile environment we are currently producing. Individuals growing their own produce, eating less meat & taking a conscious effort to reduce their lifestyle’s footprint in a multitude of other ways should be commended. We won’t commend them for it, because it’s expected of you if you truly care. When others do not care about these global issues, the larger effort may just get drowned out by the millions of others that do not adhere to the same standards of reduction.
So if we took a step back from the individual efforts, which other groups are truly at fault for this? The easiest answer would be companies, enterprises, conglomerates (Big Business). But it’s completely reasonable for them to decide to withhold climate-saving practices. After all, if it isn’t incentivized, why should they do it at all? Corporations have for a long time only considered their bottom-line gains & telling them to introduce expensive practices in their businesses for the sake of saving the future environment with no added benefit for the corporations themselves just won’t work. There’s a lot of reasons to appeal to the senses of these large organizations, the primary one being the simple fact that a large number of these companies hold practices that may be efficient & effective, but whenever we hear of new efficiencies, what we’re really hearing is a more streamlined way to pollute. For examples of this, consider industries like meat & gas, advanced fracking & mass culling. These practices may save costs & resources but the underlying fact that we are still fracking earth & mass-culling animals denotes from any efforts of change. What can we do? If we force companies to stop fracking, they’ll be forced to close their doors. But the question we never ask is that with the vast amount of wealth & resources held by these companies, would it not be safe to assume that they do in-fact have the ability to invest in new technologies, systems & products, but they simply choose not to? That is completely safe to assume, why would they do this? Why in the world would they not invest in the very products that will put them out of business? Because it’s very risky for them to completely bet their existence on unproven alternative markets that may or may not flourish.
If the world truly cared about its own destruction, the car industry would already be full of EV fleets, the meat industry would invest in lab-grown meat products & infrastructure to mass produce it. The oil & gas industry would have large swaths of renewable energy resources. But that’s not the case, so we’re left scratching our heads thinking what we can do. For starters we could try to avoid plastics as much as we can, or at the very least the abuse of plastic receptacles. LIKE WATER BOTTLES! We can bring reusable bags with us to the store, lobby for corporations to introduce more eco-friendly packaging in all packaged goods. More importantly, we should start buying products only when we need to. We all know I’m not speaking to the 3rd world family that is going hungry every night. I’m speaking to you, to myself, to everyone in the 1st world that is contributing the most to the devastating effects of overconsumption. We simply have to choose whether we need certain products or not & shun the rest. Stop consuming so much, for perspective, a pound of burger meat requires nearly 1,800 gallons of water to produce it. We give the corporations power with our mass-purchasing of their products, it’s time to use that leveraged power to boycott the brands & organizations behind the most atrocious climate corrections.



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