Things That Won't Help, and Things That Will
In the comments section of the June 5th Ecosophia post The Path Between the Pillars", Green Wizard regular Latechuck made this observation.
"Pygmycory and JMG – Regarding climate change, I just got a pitch from the American Humanist Association with nine suggestions for “action on climate change”. Here they are (slightly paraphrased): post on social media, write letters to editors, mobilize a local group, form a reading group, host an event, learn more, go to a demonstration, host a conversation, and [you guessed it] send us some money. What do all of these things have in common? None of them do anything about climate change!
You know, as soon as I saw that first item on the list, I knew what was coming, and what was not.
How hard would it be to come up with nine truly effective actions? Live near your work; eat only what you need; drink only what you need; let your home get cooler in the winter; let your home get warmer in the summer; take fewer, shorter, and cooler showers; grow food, not grass; vacation close to home; and support the education of girls (and they will have fewer, and healthier, children). Once these (and other true actions are accomplished “with one hand”, they may gain the standing to enlighten the rest of us “with the other hand”.
This dovetails with separate conservation I had over on PeakProsperity, where another person suggested:
"Create an Earth badge to place on people’s profile picture in exchange for $3/mo donated to a climate change PAC. It will spread virally, and once we hit 2.5 million people, the PAC would have more lobbying money than the defense and healthcare industry combined. That PAC (representing the people [of Earth, not just the US]) then hires lobbyists and dismantles campaign finance rules by overwhelming it. Climate change solved. Democracy restored."
Several of us didn't think much of that suggestion.
I wonder, what other simple actions would really help fight climate change and prepare people for the coming collapse?