According to an October 2016 poll conducted by the Pew Research Center, 48% of US adults believe climate change is caused by human activity. And yet millions of those same people get into their car every morning and head off for a commute that often involves a fair amount of time spent sitting in traffic. We know that climate change threatens the planet, we know we need to reduce emissions, and yet we’re still locked into the same behavior that got us into this mess in the first place.
In the same poll people were asked what would make a big difference in addressing climate change. Out of six possible responses, the first four were….
> restrictions on power plant emissions
> international agreements
> higher fuel efficiency for cars
> corporate tax incentives
The interesting thing here is that all of these steps would require the government to take action. And let’s face it, the current administration isn’t gonna do a damn thing about climate change. So let’s look at the last two responses….
> more people driving hybrids
> people reducing carbon footprints
The people who chose these steps were the people who were ready to take action themselves. Switching to a hybrid is great, and getting an electric vehicle is even better, but a lot of people can’t afford to buy new car. So what can they do?
How about cutting your driving by 20%? Think about how you might reduce the amount of driving you do, either by taking transit, riding a bike, or walking. Maybe you could find ways to car pool with your friends.
How many times have you been stuck sitting in traffic, staring at an endless line of brake lights, and thought to yourself, “This is crazy!” And you’re right. We say we want to fight climate change, but we’re stuck in the same bad habits that created this crisis.
So let’s change our habits. Let’s stop the madness.