Stop blaming consumers for climate change

It’s always easier to put the blame on citizens and consumers, for, say, alleged lack of discipline. Instead of addressing the root cause of many of society’s ills, namely the greed of politicians, businessmen, and the elite.

Here’s an excellent article from Fast Company.

“If just a few companies and countries are responsible for so much of global greenhouse gas emissions, then why is our first response to blame individuals for their consumption patterns? It shouldn’t be–businesses and governments need to take responsibility for curbing industrial emissions.”

What’s even more laughable is that wealthy nations, who bear most of the responsibility for climate change, put the burden on poorer countries.

Yes, as individuals we can and should contribute to change, but governments and businesses should stop passing the buck.

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