Climate change is real, scary, and here to stay. It’s not an issue that will go away anytime soon. So what can we do about it? Some people say that as a single human, you can’t make a huge difference. After all, the predicament we’re all in isn’t the result of one person’s actions – it’s the buildup of millenia of human presences on this earth. The fact of the matter is that we have overwhelmed our home. There are too many humans in too little space, and there aren’t enough resources to go around.
So if one person can’t really make a difference, what’s the point of trying? As Elizabeth Warren pointed out during CNN’s climate-focused Town Hall, large, energy-consuming, carbon-producing corporate interests have frequently tried to redirect the conversation surrounding solutions to climate change back to altering personal habits – energy-efficient light bulbs, reusable straws, good recycling practices – and move the conversation away from sweeping legislation that would impinge upon these company’s profits and freedom to operate with few environmental regulations. That’s not to say that personal habits aren’t important, because they are. As Greta Thunberg says, ‘you are never too small to make a difference.’ We should keep up our recycling, reject plastic straws, replace those old light bulbs with smart, energy-efficient ones. But we should also recognise that ultimately, what we need is legislation that can actually regulate corporate interests.